Why I Became Orthodox: Part Three

by Wesley Giesbrecht A Shrinking Circle and an Enlarging Ecclesiology I was a part of a prison ministry team with her father and it just so happened that the day she discovered the letter and showed her parents was the day of one of our trips to the prison. The whole time I was nervous and […]

Orthodoxy Makes Russians ‘Extremely Strong’

Japanese Hollywood actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is impressed how Russians respect their Orthodox faith. “I managed to visit New Jerusalem and it impressed me very much. I saw with my own eyes how important for a Russian person are holy shrines, how deeply you respect your faith. Now I understand why the whole world respects the […]

Why I Became Orthodox: Part Two

by Wesley Giesbrecht From Symbol to Sacrament Part of my Evangelical Anabaptist upbringing was a complete rejection of the sacraments. Baptism was only an act of public declaration and the Eucharist (a word entirely foreign to my upbringing; it was simply called ‘communion’) was nothing more than a memorial meal. This was something I held on […]

Why I Became Orthodox: Part One

by Wesley Giesbrecht Ever since I was baptized into the Eastern Orthodox Church on September 7th, 2014, I’ve thought of possibly writing an article about the reasons for my leap out of Evangelical Anabaptism and into Eastern Orthodoxy. I’m sure that many people have wondered about why I made the jump and the reasons that I […]

In His Own Words: “Do Not Fight, but Do Not Give Up”

by Anna Danilova Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who starred in the movie “Priest-San: Samurai’s Confession” accepted baptism in the Russian Orthodox Church. The sacrament was performed by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The newly-baptized man received the name of Panteleimon. The actor also stated earlier that he was going to take Russian citizenship. Mr. Tagawa described his […]

How St. Xenia Helped a Muslim Woman Become an Iconographer

God is glorified in His saints. St. Xenia is a patron of our family, so I am always happy to share good news concerning her help to others! Everything came together in Alla Mescherova’s life seemingly as it should: auditing classes in the Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, then learning iconography in the […]

New Orthodox church in Halifax opens doors at former Anglican Church

by Stephanie Taylor Fifteen years ago, Affaf El-Jakl remembers there was talk of building a new church to accommodate the growing congregation of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church. And on Sunday, that hope finally became reality. “We’re in awe,” El-Jakl, president of the parish council said Sunday morning, as hundreds of parishioners filed into the sanctuary, […]

Growing the Lancaster Orthodox Mission

by Diane M. Bitting When Kim Krawizcki joined Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church four years ago, the first question people asked her was, “Why are you joining the Greek church?” Krawizcki, whose ethnic background is Ukrainian, was raised Roman Catholic and later tried different denominations. Then, being “unhappy spiritually,” she looked deeper into Orthodoxy and was […]

The Baptism of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Many years to the newly illumined servant of Christ, Pantaleimon Tagawa! Be sure to observe the video at the end of this article, and note his beautiful humility. Congratulations Mr. Tagawa. You are in our unworthy prayers.  The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal […]

Why I Am Orthodox

by Michael Todd I am somewhat of a typical ‘Australian’ with British ancestry, and I grew up in the Anglican Church. After doing some religious searching in my university years, I eventually joined the Orthodox Church in 2013, and have been spiritually, intellectually and socially fulfilled ever since. Many people criticise the Orthodox Church as […]