“The Search for the True Church is Invaluable”

An Interview with American clergyman Protopriest Seraphim Bell by Elena Khomullo, conducted during a trip to Russia Fr Seraphim Bell is an American, a Protopriest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, founder and former president of the Missionary Department of ROCOR. He established four Orthodox parishes in the USA, did missionary work in Guatemala, Nepal and the Philippines, and also spent time on Mt Athos. At the present time, Fr Seraphim lives at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. His voice reflects his surname as he proclaims sermons about our Lord Jesus Christ. He consoles those in despair with the hope of … [Read more...]

Orthodox Mission Comes To The Felicianas

By George Morris About nine years ago, Shannon Tilley, of St. Francisville, was becoming discontent with Southern Baptist churches. Praise choruses were replacing familiar hymns. “That wasn’t me,” he said. “If this is the church, why would it change at all?” Members of Tilley’s Bible study group began digging into church history. The search for authentic, old-time religion took them to a place they didn’t expect — Orthodoxy. Now, remarkably, there is a Russian Orthodox mission in West Feliciana Parish. Since January, St. John the Theologian Orthodox Mission has been holding Sunday liturgy and almost daily vespers … [Read more...]

O Lord, Establish This Vineyard

by Fr. Seraphim Bell Things have been shaking at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in San Jose, California. Worship here has taken on a whole new dimension. As pastor, I still prepare for worship by focusing my heart through private prayer. But no longer do I conclude those prayers by tuning my guitar and rehearsing the “praise band” before the service. Instead of donning jeans, tennis shoes, and a sport shirt I now put on flowing white liturgical vestments. I’m not trying to come off as “one of the guys” any more. Instead, I am conscious of the dignity of my ordination into the priesthood, and my calling to serve as the image … [Read more...]