Black South Africans join Orthodox Church

42 members of the Zulu, Tsvan and Sutu tribes were baptised into the Orthodox Church in South Africa on the day after St Nicholas Day (19 December). The baptism took place after a year’s catechism in Tembisi, a suburb of Johannesburg. Serbian monks had been teaching catechism for some years at St Athanasius School, where the Africans were received into the church by the Serbian Metropolitan Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Fr Johannes, a Zulu Orthodox priest ordained by the Metropolitan, already teaches at the school.     Source … [Read more...]

The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson

by Fr. George Johnson I am a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, serving in the cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, D.C. There are some almost uncanny parallels between our lives, even down to the grumpy choir directors. I was (and sometimes still am) the grumpy choir director, however. I became interested and involved in Anglicanism through a singing job in a "high" church in 1968. At the time, my focus was primarily musical. My parents were devout Southern Baptists, and, while I now appreciate their humility and devotion, in my youth I did not so much. The Episcopal Church offered an escape from the music and … [Read more...]

Episcopalian Minister and Congregation Convert

It appears the fruits of St. John of San Francisco's labors have paid off. After a year of instruction and a prayer, an Episcopalian clergymen and many from his congregation entered the Orthodox Church. While the members of the congregation were chrismated in April, their former minister was ordained to the Holy Priesthood a little over a week ago.The now Fr. James Hamrick is pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Frederick, MD. He was a minister in the United Methodist Church for years, but as he was looking for ancient faith, he found himself in the Charismatic Episcopal Church for a few years. At least until now. The CEC … [Read more...]

Come To The Water

A Convert's Journey to Holy Orthodoxy by Priest Steven Allen In earliest childhood my Roman Catholic parents and teachers imparted to me the conviction that life on earth is transient, that death is inevitable, and that we must prepare for God's judgment. I always believed that there was one true Church, and that belonging to Her was not a light or superficial question, but a matter of spiritual life or death. Childhood impressions-the somber black vestments and the smell of incense at a funeral witnessed during lunch break at parochial school, a wonderful stained glass window depicting the Saviour's Mystical Supper … [Read more...]