Evgenia’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Lest we forget, there are many souls alive today who lived during the Communist oppression of Christianity, and Orthodox was the principle victim, but in so suffering showed the indestructibility of the Church, and the pernicious quality of the Gospel even in persecution! by Evgenia I was born in communist Bulgaria in the late sixties of twentieth century, and this is the story of my journey to Orthodoxy. My hometown is in the country's west and it was a stronhold of the comminist party. My hometown had a church buld in 18th century. It wasn't demolished, but only old ladies would go to church without anybody giving them a hard time. My … [Read more...]

“I Personally Testify to the Truth of the Orthodox Faith”

by VasiliosThis came to us as a comment to our article "Why I Became Orthodox: A Personal Story and Testimony" by Lance Goldsberry. It was so nice, that we asked Vasilios for permission to publish it as a separate article, and here it is.I personally testify to the truth of the Greek orthodox faith. It would be an honour to share my experience…I was born and baptised in a Greek orthodox church. I lived my life for the first 15 years identifying as an orthodox christian, but my thoughts and interests were almost wholly secular and I had never read my Bible. I wanted to live life to the fullest, have as much fun as possible, and retire with … [Read more...]

From the Church of Christ to the Orthodox Church: Part 5

by David Scott KlajicSearching for OrthodoxyAfter I got back from my second deployment, we had a series of awkward conversations with the RC priest where were worshipping. When he informed me that I needed to "re-do" my conversion, I think he expected me to jump right on it. Instead, I basically said"um, no thanks. I think this happened for a reason."Very shortly after that, I did an internet search for Orthodox churches in the Austin area. I found a Russian one (Fr. Aidan Kellers parish in Pflugerville), a ROCOR church, an Antiocian one and a few others.But Holy Apostle and Evangelist St Lukes Serbian Parish, for some reason did not come up … [Read more...]

From the Church of Christ to the Orthodox Church: Part 4

by David Scott KlajicOne More DeploymentShortly after, I was deployed again for six months. I attended Catholic mass (they had no Eastern Catholic presence there) and tried my best to be a part of the congregation. During Pascha, a navy Orthodox chaplain came to visit and I asked the Catholic priest there if it was OK for me to attend the liturgy on Pascha. He said it was fine, and in fact appeared to know nothing about the Eastern Church. The navy chaplain (Antiochian) gave me a chotki that he told me was very special to him. It was hand made by monks in a Serbian monastery.I started reading voracious amounts of church history. The canons, … [Read more...]