My Conversion from Islam to Orthodoxy

by Masud Masihiyyen I was born into a Muslim family, but my personal interest in religion (Islam) was supported only by my mother. My father was a Muslim, but he went to mosque for public worship only twice a year. I rarely saw him recite the Koran in Arabic. However, he did his best to keep the Islamic fast for the whole month of Ramadan. My mother was comparatively more religious, but she could not perform any of the Islamic rituals because of her medical problems. She often recited the Koran in Arabic and repeated to herself the Islamic creed. My sister, on the other hand, delighted in considering herself a Muslim, but she … [Read more...]

The Gift of Orthodoxy

by Elizabeth Huestis St. Paul speaks of being "an Apostle out of due time" in the sense that he did not know Jesus first-hand, and did not travel around with Jesus the way that the other Apostles did. Yet God chose him particularly to have a special and useful place in the Church. In the same way, converts are not natural inheritors of Orthodoxy in the same way as are those people born in traditionally Orthodox countries and cultures. But God takes us from all sorts of places, adopting us in a special way, making us a part of His Church in a way … [Read more...]

Antiochian Church Active in Central America

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean — Iglesia Ortodoxa Antiquena, Arquidiócesis de México, Venezuela, Centro América y el Caribe — is quite busy in the Lord’s work as a look at this new You Tube video demonstrates. Included are a number of parishes and monasteries in Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras and Guatemala: For those wanting to practice their Spanish, take a look at this Spanish Orthodox prayer book or listen to recordings of Orthodox liturgical services in Spanish (at this page, just click on the icon of the service: such as “Partituras de Divina Liturgia” or … [Read more...]

Moving East: Part Two

by Phil Silouan Thompson I read on from the earliest Fathers into the third and fourth centuries — Irenaeus, Athanasius, Basil. Where was the break I was expecting? Where was the change from congregational democracy and unstructured charismatic worship, to liturgical, hierarchical religion? That change was nowhere to be found; instead, it looked more like the writers of the first and fourth centuries were all on the same page, all in the same Church. Of course there were variations of opinion, but all these ancient writers, from across the civilized world, shared the beliefs of those first-century teachers who’d written … [Read more...]