Spiritual Integrity On The Journey To Orthodoxy

by Protodeacon Christopher Birchall    My first visit to an Orthodox church was in June 1968, when Archbishop Nikon brought the miraculous Kursk Icon of the Mother of God to London. I had no idea that this would be a special occasion in the life of the parish; I had found the address in the telephone book and, one Sunday, set off for Emperor’s Gate. Entering the church took a certain amount of resolve. One seemed to approach it in stages: past the polished brass nameplate which proclaimed “Russian Orthodox Church in Exile” and into the porch; then up the steps and onto a landing, from which one could look through a wood and glass … [Read more...]

A First In Oxford Since 1066

Oxford's Keble College played host to a very special ceremony when it welcomed Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, of the Russian Orthodox Church. When His Grace celebrated a Western Orthodox Episcopal Liturgy on Friday, it was the first time the service had been held in the UK since 1066. Before then the church in the UK was Orthodox, but the Norman Conquest saw the Roman church take over. Father Stephen Platt, parish priest at the Russian Orthodox church St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Marston, Oxford, said: “Orthodox services generally have an Eastern origin, while Catholic and Anglican churches have services which originate in Ancient … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion of ROCOR Visits India,Celebrates Liturgy

Metropolitan Hilarion the first Hierarch of ROCOR arrived in Mumbai on the 10th pf January 2013 and was warmly welcomed by the local people. Former Metropolitan John Augustine of the Anglican church hosted a welcome dinner later that evening to mark this historical moment of ROCOR’s first metropolitan in recent times who has visited the Indian sub continent. Silouan Sunil Benedict from St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church, Banaglore was raised and tonsured to the rank of Reader. Since there is no church building in India yet, the service was held at the residence of a Serbian Orthodox faithful. Deacon Fr George Yurij Maximov made all … [Read more...]

Orthodox Mission: Transforming the Heart of the World

by Hieromonk Irinei Remarks Given at the XII All-Diaspora Youth Conference Paris, 5th July 2011 Your Eminence, Your Grace, Reverend Fathers, Beloved Brothers and Sisters: In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen. It is a joy for me to be giving what amounts to the first ‘formal’ lecture of this blessed conference, in which our whole aim is to explore mission and missionary work, especially in practical terms which you as the youth of our Church—spread out as she is to every corner of the world—might take up and live out when you return home. Given the timing of this talk here at the beginning of your reflections, I … [Read more...]