Hebrew Liturgies Resound in Jerusalem

Hebrew Liturgies Resound in Jerusalem! Father Aleksandr Winogradsky Frenkel heads the Hebrew Eastern Orthodox communities in the Holy Land/Israeli society and serves in the Old City of Jerusalem with the blessing of The Rum-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Since 1841, the Russian Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, before the re-establishment of the Patriarchate of Moscow in 1917, had launched the prayer in the Hebrew language at Jerusalem. Hebrew is today the official language of the State of Israel and the usual medium for studying the tradition of the Scriptures. Archpriest Alexander Winogradsky Frenkel has been appointed to the … [Read more...]

Why Americans Need An All-English Liturgy

by Robert Arakaki In 2007, Christianity Today published an article, “Will the Twenty First Century be the Orthodox Century?“  In it Bradley Nassif argued that Orthodoxy will indeed grow and expand in this coming century.  But in an Again Magazine article, “The Orthodox Christian Opportunity,” Nassif noted although many people are converting to Orthodoxy, significant numbers of these converts are also leaving through the backdoor discouraged and disenchanted.  Much of the reasons for their disenchantment lie not with the Orthodox Faith per se, but with the realities of Orthodox parishes.  Nassif refers to this problem as Orthodoxy’s … [Read more...]

From First Baptist to the First Century

A Spiritual Journey By Clark Carlton In June of 1986, I attended the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention as a "messenger" from my home church. The temperature in Atlanta was hot, but not nearly as hot as the temperature inside the World Congress Center as Baptist "moderates" tried in vain to prevent a fundamentalist takeover of the Convention. As I sat in the convention center, I became convinced of one thing: the Southern Baptist Convention was in dire need of a reformation. I longed for the advent of a new Martin Luther, who would nail his ninety-five theses to the front door of the First Baptist Church of Dallas and … [Read more...]

The Journey To The East

by Thomas Reidman In September of 1990, I enrolled at the Immaculate Conception College Seminary for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Having been raised a Roman Catholic, I felt the calling to study for the priesthood.  I really knew little about many of the specifics of my faith then, and knew virtually nothing about Orthodoxy until my studies there. My spiritual director at the seminary was a bi-ritual Catholic priest who introduced me to Byzantine worship.  It was at this point that I begun to desire to know more about Orthodox Christianity.  After much personal struggling, I decided ultimately to leave the … [Read more...]