The first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.Alexander Yu Shi said prayers in the Church Slavonic language and in Mandarin beside the Church of Holy Protection in the northeastern city of Harbin, surrounded […]
Fr. Themi, as usual, tells it like it is. In this video, he tells the story of his journey of faith from thinking Christianity was the enemy to becoming an Orthodox Christian.
And this is where it began to get real.
Very soon, after my second or third communion, I realized that I was beginning to experience as realities what I had taken to be colorful imagery. the divine energies present in the mystery of the Eucharist open within us a capacity to see, or to sense, spiritual realities to which we were insensible. That sentence is a myth for those without the experience; a reality for those who have it.
by Darrin Thomas Rasberry This arrived in our comments section, and it was too long and too good to leave as a comment. Thanks Darrin! I’m an old atheist convert, arriving at Orthodoxy after following the above pattern of a long study. I spent 15 years as an active nonbeliever, drifting from American Atheists to […]