Liturgy, Sacraments, & All That Jazz: Ten Reasons I Joined the Orthodox Church

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by Jamey Bennett I am asked fairly regularly to share my conversion story. I haven’t really written out my journey into the Orthodox Church in a full narrative. I hinted at some things related to my Mormon heritage here, but even that doesn’t quite tell the story. Honestly, I’m not sure I am interesting enough […]

My Journey Home… To Orthodoxy

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by Charlene Haapala It is difficult to describe the changes that have occurred in my life in the past year. It literally feels as if it has been three years. That may be due to the fact that as a whole, I have slowed down. A few life changes have occurred in the last year […]

Orthodox Priest Starts Biker’s Procession in Irkutsk

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How did I miss this one? (I’ve always wanted a hog) Four years ago in Irkutsk was the first procession on motorcycles. It was initiated by the abbot of St. Alexander Nevsky Church Father Mark. Then the father, Mark did not dare to sit behind the wheel in a cassock “iron horse” and would prefer […]

The Sunday Morning Show

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From Jeremiah at the Orthodox Road blog Upon my first visit in an Orthodox Church, I remember thinking that it was a bit too ceremonial and flashy.  There were fancy vestments worn by the priest, candles burning, incense being flung about in a censer, icons painted on the wall, and a procession around the inside […]

Philippine Denominations join the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aust. & NZ

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This letter was posted on the website of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand To all of our reverend clergy and beloved faithful, Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We would like to inform you that after long discussions with two denominations from the Philippines, one […]

Mysterious Mass Conversion From Islam to Christianity in Georgia

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by Ian Hamel In 1991, 75% of Adjarians in Georgia were Muslims. Today, they have become 75% Orthodox Christians. How can these conversions be explained, which is apparently unique in the world? “What time do services begin at Saint Nicholas in Batumi on Sunday morning?” The question embarrasses the employee of the President Plaza, one […]

The First Steps of Orthodoxy in Rwanda

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by Julia Bridget Haye With the Grace of God and following the strenuous efforts and prayers of his Eminence Innocent Bishop of Burundi and Rwanda, the first steps of the Orthodox Church in Rwanda began. On Saturday 17 -8-2013, His Eminence accompanied by Fr George Schinas and hierodeacon Nektarios Stogiannis and a team from the […]

Axios! Afrikaans Culture Award for Two Orthodox Priests

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From the Khanya blog. Yesterday we went to the Voortrekker Monument for a ceremony in which two Orthodox priests, Fr Zacharias van Wyk and Fr Kobus van der Riet, were given special awards for their contribution to Afrikaans literature and culture by translating Orthodox liturgical texts into Afrikaans. The awards were made at an event […]

Former Taliban from Afghanistan Baptized on Mount Athos

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All these years after work I would go to the outside of the churches in the beginning – something was pulling me there – and afterwards I began to enter within. I would become calm. As my Greek was getting better, I wanted to know more about Christ. I found a New Testament, however it was in a language I did not understand [Koine Greek]. Eventually I found a blue one in the Greek I had learned. I began to read it. I decided that I wanted to become a Christian.

Number of Orthodox Christians in Ireland DOUBLES in Five Years

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According to the official data Orthodoxy is the fastest growing religion in Ireland.