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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church - Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy


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Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church

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Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

By

Andrea Goodell

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year.

“Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.”

Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith.

“I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” said Flinders, who added he wrestled with the many divisions of the Christian church over the years.

He became Eastern Orthodox Christian at St. George Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.

Recently he attended the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference at Hope College.

The Rev. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, dean of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gave the opening keynote address, using the themes of holy week to introduce Orthodoxy to the more than 50 who attended.

Eastern Orthodox Easter, Pascha in Greek — the language favored by Orthodox everywhere — fell on the same day as Western Easter this year.

Belcher described the nailing of Jesus to the cross as “one of the most cruel things human beings have ever thought of to do to other human beings.”

Eastern Orthodox Christians, he explained, experience the crucifixion and resurrection in the now during liturgy.

“There is no sense that we are just talking about something that happened a long time ago. It is today,” he said.

Dustin Miller, a Hope senior, attended the conference for extra credit in his history of Christianity class, but said,

“I’ve always been curious about Orthodoxy.”

He, too, said he was looking for the apostolic, historical roots of the Christian church. Miller considers himself non-denominational and said he didn’t know the Hope campus had Orthodox students.

“I’ve been trying to figure it out, trying to find what best fits me,” Miller said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship campus club, which sponsored this month’s conference, meets Thursday nights for Small Compline (a short Psalm and evening prayer service). Then the handful of Orthodox students, one seminary student and Fr. Steven VanBronkhorst discuss topics such as biblical foundations for Orthodox worship.

He would like to see more inquirers at the OCF meetings and more students at the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference.

VanBronkhorst was a Reformed Church of America minister for almost two decades before coming to the Orthodox church 14 years ago. Still, VanBronkhorst said, he sees many more today looking for the historical church than when he was doing his own searching.

“I always felt that ideally there should be just one church,” he said. “The Orthodox church is by far the most historically faithful body. … Who is going to deny that the greater part of the evangelical world has the faith? They have faith. What they don’t have is the worship.”

Tyler Dykstra of Holland became Orthodox Christian this month.

He grew up Christian Reformed, but says he “wanted more.”

“Over time I started to realize there was so much history I had not known about even though I had gone to Christian schools all my life,” Dykstra, 24, said.

Video - Fr. Seraphim Bell, Scotland & USA: "I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth"


CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY



Fr. Seraphim Bell, Scotland & USA: 

"I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth"

Sunday, April 28, 2019

On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia


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On May 17, 2017, twelve dolphins brings

Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God to shore in Sochi, Russia

In a rather unusual occurrence, a pod of dolphins “returned” an icon of the Mother of God to people on the beach in Sochi, reports The Russian People’s Line, and Orthodox England.

A colonel and his wife, relaxing and enjoying the beach atmosphere on May 17, were witnesses to the event, their attention being drawn when a group of twelve dolphins swam all the way up to the beach itself. The bewildered couple wondered what the typically smart animals were doing on the beach, when suddenly they threw something out of the water, immediately swimming off.

The object was covered in mud, and seemingly completely unimportant. Though other people were lounging on the beach as well, no one paid it much attention. Eventually the colonel’s wife asked her husband to go see what the object was, and, having cleared away the mud, the colonel was shocked to find that the dolphins had delivered an icon of the Theotokos, which they later realized was of the type “of the Sign.”
How the icon wound up on the ocean floor, and how the dolphins knew that it needed to be returned to shore, no one knows. Perhaps the dolphins recognized in the icon the grace of their Creator and of His Most Pure Mother.

The colonel then brought the icon to Moscow, with hopes of showing it to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and telling him the miraculous story of how it was “found.”

Source:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/104337.htm

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Orthodox Church Quotes: Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)



Orthodox Church Quotes:

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

July 12

"Christ is Risen" - The Paschal greeting in the languages of the world


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"Christ is Risen"

The Paschal greeting in the languages of the world

Paschal greeting

The Paschal greeting is a custom among Orthodox Christians, consisting of a greeting and response. Instead of "hello" or its equivalent, one is to greet another person with "Christ is Risen!". The response is "Truly, He is risen!" (or "Indeed, He is risen!"). This greeting is used during liturgical services and informally at other times, starting with the feast of Pascha and lasting until Ascension – the period known as the Paschal season or Paschaltide.

In practice, this greeting is typically used only with people that one already knows are Orthodox. In some cultures (for example in Russia), it was also customary to exchange a triple kiss after the greeting. Orthodox Christians often compile lists of the greeting in various languages, as it is used around the world, and these are sometimes recited in church or in other formal settings as an act of Orthodox unity across languages and cultures.

The Paschal greeting in the languages of the world

Indo–European languages

Greek – Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Khristós anésti! Alithós anésti!)
Slavic languages
Church Slavonic – Христосъ воскресе! Воистину воскресе! (Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese!)

East Slavic

Russian – Христос воскресе! Воистину воскресе! (Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese!)
Belarusian – Хрыстос уваскрос! Сапраўды ўваскрос! (Khrystos uvaskros! Saprawdy wvaskros!)
Ukrainian – Христос воскрес! Воістину воскрес! (Khrystos voskres! Voistynu voskres!)
Rusyn – Хрістос воскрес! Воістину воскрес! (Hristos voskres! Voistynu voskres!)

South Slavic

Bulgarian – Христос възкресе! Воистина възкресе! (Khristos vozkrese! Voistina vozkrese!)
Serbian – Христос васкрсе! Ваистину васкрсе! (Khristos vaskrse! Vaistinu vaskrse!)
Croatian – Krist uskrsnu! Uistinu uskrsnu!

West Slavic

Czech – Kristus vstal z mrtvých! Vpravdě vstal z mrtvých!
Slovak – Kristus vstal z mŕtvych! Skutočne vstal (z mŕtvych)!
Polish – Chrystus zmartwychwstał! Prawdziwie zmartwychwstał!
Albanian (Tosk) – Krishti u ngjall! Vërtet u ngjall!
Armenian – Քրիստոս հարյա՜վ ի մեռելոց: Օրհնյա՜լ է Հարությունը Քրիստոսի: (Khristos haryav i merelotz! Orhnyal e Harouthyoune Khristosi!) – (Lit: Christ is risen! Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!)

Germanic languages

West Germanic

English – "Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!" or "Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!" or "Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!"
Old English (Anglo–Saxon) – Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras! (Lit: Christ arose! Christ surely arose!)
Middle English – Crist is arisen! Arisen he sothe!
Iyaric Patwa – Krestos a uprisin! Seen, him a uprisin fe tru!
German – Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Dutch – Christus is opgestaan! Hij is waarlijk opgestaan! (Netherlands) or Christus is verrezen! Hij is waarlijk verrezen! (Belgium)
Afrikaans – Christus het opgestaan! Hy het waarlik opgestaan!
Frisian – Kristus is opstien! Wis is er opstien!
Yiddish – Der Meschiache undzer iz geshtanen! Avade er iz ufgeshtanen!

North Germanic

Swedish – Kristus är uppstånden! Han är sannerligen uppstånden!
Danish – Kristus er opstanden! Sandelig Han er Opstanden!
Norwegian – Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig oppstanden!
Icelandic – Kristur er upprisinn! Hann er sannarlega upprisinn!

Italic languages

Latin – Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!

Romance languages

Romanian – Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Istro-Romanian dialect – Uscrâsnit–å Isus Crist! Zaista uscrâsnit–å!
Macedo-Romanian (Aromanian) dialect – Hristolu anyie! De–alihea anyie!
Megleno-Romanian dialect – Hristos anghii! Istana anghii!
French – Le Christ est ressuscité! En verité il est ressuscité! or Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment il est ressuscité!
Italian – Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto!
Spanish – ¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado!
Portuguese – Cristo ressuscitou! Em verdade ressuscitou!
Catalan – Crist ha ressuscitat! Veritablement ha ressuscitat!
Galician – Cristo resucitou! De verdade resucitou!
Provençal – Lo Crist es ressuscitat! En veritat es ressuscitat!
Romansh – Cristo es rinaschieu! In varded, el es rinaschieu!
Sardinian – Cristu est resuscitadu! Aberu est resuscitadu!
Sicilian – Cristu arrivisciutu esti! Pibbiru arrivisciutu esti!
Walloon – Li Crist a raviké! Il a raviké podbon!

Baltic languages

Latvian – Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
Lithuanian – Kristus prisikėlė! Tikrai prisikėlė!

Celtic languages

Goidelic

Old Irish – Asréracht Críst! Asréracht Hé–som co dearb!
Irish – Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!
Manx – Taw Creest Ereen! Taw Shay Ereen Guhdyne!
Scottish Gaelic – Tha Crìosd air èiridh! Gu dearbh, tha e air èiridh!

Brythonic

Breton – Dassoret eo Krist! E wirionez dassoret eo!
Cornish – Thew Creest dassorez! En weer thewa dassorez!
Welsh – Atgyfododd Crist! Yn wir atgyfododd!

Indo–Iranian languages

Persian – !مسیح برخاسته است! به راستی برخاسته است (Masih barkhaste ast! Be rasti barkhaste ast!)
Hindi – येसु मसीह ज़िन्दा हो गया है! हाँ यक़ीनन, वोह ज़िन्दा हो गया है! (Yesu Masih zinda ho gaya hai! Haan yaqeenan, woh zinda ho gaya hai!)
Urdu – !یسوع مسیح زندہ ہو گیا ہے! ہاں یقیناً، وہ زندہ ہو گیا ہے (Yesu Masih zinda ho gaya hai! Haan yaqeenan, woh zinda ho gaya hai!)
Marathi – Yeshu Khrist uthla ahe! Kharokhar uthla ahe!
Sanskrit – Krista uttitaha! Satvam uttitaha!

Afro-Asiatic languages

Semitic languages

Arabic (standard) – !المسيح قام! حقا قام (al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām!) or !المسيح قام! بالحقيقة قام (al-Masīḥ qām! Bi-l-ḥaqīqati qām!)

Aramaic languages

Syriac – !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ (Mshiḥa qām! Sharīrāīth qām! or Mshiḥo Qom! Shariroith Qom!)
Neo-Syriac – !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡܠܗ! ܒܗܩܘܬܐ ܩܡܠܗ (Mshikha qimlih! Bhāqota qimlih!)
Turoyo-Syriac – !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܝܡ! ܫܪܥܪܐܝܬ ܩܝܡ (Mshiḥo qāyem! Shariroith qāyem!)

Ethiopian languages

Tigrigna – (Christos tensiou! Bahake tensiou!)
Amharic – (Kristos Tenestwal! Bergit Tenestwal!)
Hebrew (modern) – !המשיח קם! באמת קם (HaMashiach qam! Be'emet qam!)
Maltese – Kristu qam! Huwa qam tassew! or Kristu qam mill-mewt! Huwa qam tassew!

Egyptian

Coptic – ΠιχρίςΤος αϥτωΝϥ! ϦΕΝ οΥΜεθΜΗι αϥτωΝϥ! (Pikhristos Aftonf! Khen oumethmi aftonf!)

Caucasian languages

Kartvelian

Georgian – ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა! (Kriste agsdga! Cheshmaritad agsdga!)
Northwest Caucasian
Abkhazian – Kyrsa Dybzaheit! Itzzabyrgny Dybzaheit!

Dravidian languages

Malayalam – ക്രിസ്തു ഉയിര്‍ത്തെഴുന്നേറ്റു! തീര്‍ച്ചയായും ഉയിര്‍ത്തെഴുന്നേറ്റു! (Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Theerchayayum uyirthezhunnettu!)

Eskimo–Aleut languages

Aleut - Kristusaq Aglagikuk! Angangulakan Aglagikuk!
Alutiq (Kodiak Aleut) – Kristusaq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq!
Yupik – Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq!

Mayan languages

Tzotzil – Icha'kuxi Kajvaltik Kristo! Ta melel icha'kuxi!
Tzeltal – Cha'kuxaj Kajwaltik Kristo! Ta melel cha'kuxaj!

Austronesian languages

Malayo-Polynesian

Western

Filipino (Tagalog) – Si Kristo ay nabuhay! Totoo! Siya nga ay nabuhay!
Indonesian – Kristus telah bangkit! Dia benar-benar telah bangkit!
Kapampangan – Y Cristo sinubli yang mebie! Sinubli ya pin mebie!
Cebuano – Si Kristo nabanhaw! Matuod nga Siya nabanhaw!
Chamorro – La'la'i i Kristo! Magahet na luma'la' i Kristo!

Central–Eastern

Carolinian – Lios a melau sefal! Meipung, a mahan sefal!
Hawaiian – Ua ala aʻe nei ʻo Kristo! Ua ala ʻiʻo nō ʻo Ia!
Fijian – Na Karisito tucake tale! Io sa tucake tale!
Malagasy – Nitsangana tamin'ny maty i Kristy! Nitsangana marina tokoa izy!

Na-Dené languages

Athabaskan

Navajo – Christ daaztsą́ą́dę́ę́ʼ náádiidzáá! Tʼáá aaníí daaztsą́ą́dę́ę́ʼ náádiidzáá!
Tlingit – Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot! Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot!
Niger–Congo languages
Gikuyu – Kristo ni muriuku! Ni muriuku nema!
Igbo – Jésu Krísti Ébilíwõ! Ézia õ´ Bilíwõ!
Lugandan – Kristo Azukkide! Kweli Azukkide!
Swahili – Kristo Amefufukka! Kweli Amefufukka!

Turkic languages

Turkish – Hristós diril–Dí! Hakíkatén diril–Dí!
Azeri – Məsih dirildi! Həqiqətən dirildi!
Chuvash – Христос чĕрĕлнĕ! Чăн чĕрĕлнĕ! (Khristós chərəlnə! Chæn chərəlnə!)
Uyghur – !ئەيسا تىرىلدى! ھەقىقەتىنلا تىرىلدى (Əysa tirildi! Ⱨəⱪiⱪətinla tirildi!)

Uralic languages

Estonian – Kristus on üles tõusnud! Tõesti, Ta on üles tõusnud!
Finnish – Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totisesti nousi!
Hungarian – Krisztus feltámadt! Valóban feltámadt!
Meadow Mari – Христос ылыж кынелын! Чынак ылыж кынелын!

Other living languages

Basque – Cristo Berbistua! Benatan Berbistua!
Japanese – ハリストス復活!実に復活! (Harisutosu fukkatsu! Jitsu ni fukkatsu!)
Korean – 그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다! 참으로 부활하셨습니다! (Kristo Gesso Buhwal ha sho sumnida! Chamuro Buhwal ha sho sumnida!)
Mandarin Chinese – 基督復活了 他確實復活了 (Jīdū fùhuó le! Tā quèshí fùhuó le!)
Quechua – Cristo causarimpunña! Ciertopuni causarimpunña!

Constructed languages

Esperanto – Kristo leviĝis! Vere Li leviĝis!
Ido – Kristo riviveskabas! Ya Il rivivesakabas!
Interlingua – Christo ha resurgite! Vermente ille ha resurgite! or Christo ha resurrecte! Vermente ille ha resurrecte!
Quenya – Tengwar Rendering (Ortanne Laivino! Anwa ortanne Laivino!)

Source:

OrthodoxWiki

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Virgin Mary - The Orthodox Faith


HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD


The Virgin Mary - The Orthodox Faith

The Virgin Mary is the woman God chose to bear His Son in this world. The Orthodox believe in the ever-virginity of Mary. Since God chose her to manifest His presence among men, she is called, " All Holy" and the bridge between God and man. For this reason, she is highly praised and venerated in the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox always pray to the Virgin Mary, beseeching her to intercede for us to God. The Orthodox do not worship the Virgin Mary-worship is do to God alone. The Orthodox make a distinction between worship and intercessory prayer. Just as we ask other people to pray for us, we ask the Virgin Mary, for she has found favor in God's eyes and has a very unique relationship with God, to pray (intercede) for us. It should be noted that the Virgin Mary and all the saints are ceaselessly praying for all of us.

Source:

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http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/Orthodox_Church/The_Virgin_Mary.shtml

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Saint Anthony-Onuphrius of Suprasl Monastery in Poland, Monk-Martyr in Thessalonica (Greece), from Lithuania (+1516)


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The Monastery of the Annunciation in Supraśl, Poland


Saint Anthony-Onuphrius of Suprasl Monastery in Poland,

Monk-Martyr in Thessalonica (Greece), from Lithuania (+1516)

February 4

Anthony of Supraśl (Polish: Antoni Supraski) was a Ruthenian monk and martyr, now venerated in the Polish Orthodox Church.
Anthony was born on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania into an Orthodox family, although his social status and lay name remain unknown. According to tradition, in his youth he was known for his angry character, having eventually killed a man in a bar brawl. Wishing to atone for sin, he entered the Supraśl Orthodox Monastery some time before 1506, where he received the name Anthony.

Considering his penance insufficient, Anthony asked the abbot for permission to go to a Muslim country, where he might receive martyrdom, which was then refused. Anthony had only received permission to go to Mount Athos, where he made his vows of Great Schema and took the name Onuphrius. He then went to Thessalonica, into the Church of the Theotokos Acheiropoietos, which had been converted into a mosque, and began to pray demonstratively. He was arrested and thrown into prison, demanded by the kadi to convert to Islam, which he consistently refused while attacking the religion. Finally, he was sentenced to be burned at the stake. Going to the place of execution, Anthony continued to denounce Islam, and even spat on the face of one of the guards. At this point, he was fatally hit by a club. His body was burned.

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ALL THE MOMENTS JAPAN IS IN MY HEART – ORTHODOXY (Japanese etc.)
Orthodox Japan

THE SMILE OF GOD IN YOUR HEART

CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS

ARGENTINA DE MI CORAZÓN - ARGENTINA OF MY HEART (Spanish etc.)
ORTHODOXIA - Orthodox Argentina

NEDERLAND VAN MIJN HART - NETHERLANDS OF MY HEART (Dutch etc.)
ORTHODOXIE - Orthodox Netherlands

ประเทศไทยในใจฉัน - อีสเทิร์นออร์ทอดอกซ์
THAILAND OF MY HEART
EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH (Thai etc.)
Orthodox Thailand - Η Ορθοδοξία στην Ταϊλάνδη

POLSKA MOJEGO SERCA - POLAND OF MY HEART (Polish etc.)
PRAWOSŁAWIE - Orthodox Poland

我的心臟台灣和香港
TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART (Chinese​, etc.​)
东正教在中国
台灣基督東正教會
Orthodox Taiwan & Hong Kong

WASHINGTON OF MY HEART 
Orthodox Washington

나는 한국을 사랑한다 KOREA OF MY HEART (Korean​ etc.​)
동방 정교회 Orthodox Korea

ශ්‍රී ලංකා – නැගෙනහිර ඕර්තඩොක්ස් සභාව 
SRI LANKA OF MY HEART (Sinhala etc.)
Orthodox Sri Lanka

PILIPINAS NG AKING PUSO - PHILIPPINES OF MY HEART (Filippo​ etc.​)
SIMBAHANG ORTODOKSO NG SILANGAN
Orthodox Philippines

ROMÂNIA INIMII MELE - ROMANIA OF MY HEART (Romanian etc.)
BISERICA ORTODOXĂ
Orthodox Romania

TRUTH TARGET - ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΗ ΑΠΟΛΟΓΗΤΙΚΗ (Greek)

ANIMALS OF MY HEART
Animals & Orthodoxy

DEUTSCH ORTHODOXE WEBSEITEN (German)

한국의 KOREAN ORTHODOX SITES (Korean)

中国的 CHINESE ORTHODOX SITES (Chinese)

NEW YORK OF MY HEART
Orthodox New York

СРБИЈА ТВОГ СРЦА - SERBIA OF YOUR HEART (Serbian, etc.)
СРЦЕ ПРАВОСЛАВНО - Orthodox Serbia

ԵՍ ԻՄ ԱՆՈՒՇ ՀԱՅԱՍՏԱՆԻ - I LOVE MY SWEET ARMENIA (Armenian, etc.)
ARMENIA OF MY HEART
ՈՒՂՂԱՓԱՌ ԵԿԵՂԵՑԻՆ - Orthodox Armenia

PORTUGAL DO MEU CORAÇÃO - PORTUGAL OF MY HEART​​ (​Portuguese​,​ ​etc.)​
IGREJA ORTODOXA - Orthodox Portugal

CATECISMO - IGLESIA ORTODOXA (Spanish)

ΚΑΤΗΧΗΧΗ - ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΣΜΟΣ (Greek)

CATECHISM - ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY (English)

NEW ZEALAND OF MY HEART
​Orthodox New Zealand

DIVINE LITURGIE ORTHODOXE (French​)

ÉIRE MO CHROÍ - IRELAND OF MY HEART (Irish​, etc.​)
EAGLAIS CHEARTCHREIDMHEACH 
Orthodox Ireland

NORGE AV MITTE HJERTE - NORWAY OF MY HEART (Norwegian​, etc.​)
ORTODOKSE KIRKE I NORGE
Orthodox Norway

日本正教会 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN JAPAN (Japanese)

CANADA OF MY HEART
Orthodox Canada

ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA

WHAT ABOUT YOGA

IRELAND & BRITISH ISLES
Orthodoxy

HAWAII OF MY HEART
Orthodox Hawaii

ITALIA DEL MIO CUORE - ITALY OF MY HEART (Italian​,​​ etc.​)
ORTODOSSIA - Orthodox Italy

РОССИЯ МОЕГО СЕРДЦА - RUSSIA OF MY HEART (Russian​,​​ etc.​)
ПРАВОСЛАВИЕ - Orthodox Russia

წმიდა ნინო და საქართველო ჩემს გულს 
SAINT NINA & GEORGIA OF MY HEART (Georgian​,​​ etc.​)
მართლმადიდებლური რწმენის შესახებ
Orthodox Georgia

USA OF MY HEART
Orthodox USA

ORTHODOX SAINT VALENTINE

ROMAN CATHOLIC​S​ MET ORTHODOXY

ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

VIỆT NAM CỦA TRÁI TIM TÔI - VIETNAM OF MY HEART (Vietnamese​ etc.​)
CHÍNH THỐNG GIÁO ĐÔNG PHƯƠNG​
Orthodox Vietnam

GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
Orthodox Great Britain

VIDEOS OF MY HEART
Orthodox Videos

NATIVE AMERICANS MET ORTHODOXY

私は日本が大好きです I LOVE JAPAN - ORTHODOXY 日本正教会 (Japanese etc.)
日本正教会 Orthodox Japan

ENGLISH ORTHODOX SITES (English)

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΑ ΙΣΤΟΛΟΓΙΑ (Greek)

HEART QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Orthodox Q&A

HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART (Spanish​,​​ etc.​)
ORTODOXIA - Orthodox Latin America

AMERICA OF MY HEART
Orthodox America

AFRICA OF MY HEART (Afrikaans​, Swahili,​​ etc.​)
Orthodox Africa

ARIZONA OF MY HEART
Orthodox Arizona

EDELWEISS MEINES HERZENS - EDELWEISS OF MY HEART (German​, etc.​)
ORTHODOXIE 
Orthodox Germany, Switzerland & Austria

FRANCE DE MON CŒUR  - FRANCE OF MY HEART (French​,​​ etc.​)
ÉGLISE ORTHODOXE

SAINTS OF MY HEART

ALASKA OF MY HEART
Orthodox Alaska

ΑΘΕΪΣΜΟΣ - ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΕΙΣ (Greek)

SCHISMATICS RETURN TO CHURCH

ÉGLISE ORTHODOXE (French)

东正教在中国 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHINA (Chinese)

ORTHODOXE KIRCHEN (German)

동방 정교회 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN KOREA (Korean)

日本人 JAPANESE ORTHODOX SITES (Japanese etc.) 日本正教会

CALIFORNIA OF MY HEART
Orthodox California

ΑΓΙΟΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΣ (Greek)

ΑΓΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ – ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ ΚΕΛΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ & ΠΑΝΤΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΙΩΝ (Greek)

SAINTS BOOK - ORTHODOXY (English)

SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM QUOTES

地球上の天国 – 日本 – 正教会 HEAVEN ON EARTH – JAPAN – ORTHODOX CHURCH (Japanese etc.)

Poetic Collection “Leaves…”
Poems of Abel-Tasos Gkiouzelis (English)

Ποιητική Συλλογή «Φύλλα…»
Ποιήματα του Άβελ-Τάσου Γκιουζέλη (Ελληνικά)

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΑ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ (Greek)

SAINT BASIL THE GREAT – QUOTES

SITES ORTHODOXES EN FRANCAIS (French)

Friday, March 8, 2019

The successors to the Apostles


PROTESTANTS MET ORTHODOXY


The successors to the Apostles

The fact that the Protestant model suddenly appeared in history during the 16th century A.D. - obviously not within the historical continuity of the original Christian world – made them feel free to arbitrarily appoint “elders” and to arbitrarily perform congregational services.  Their claim is that by simply being Christians and hence members of a certain general Priesthood, justifies them as having the authority to do this.

In this study, we shall examine the issue in more detail, by determining exactly how the Apostles’ authority passed down to their successors, thus defining the ecclesiastic order that prevails in Orthodoxy to this day.

* * *

1.  The Protestant objection

The majority of Protestants use the Scriptural references of “Elders”, “Bishops” and “Deacons” to support their view that the current Orthodox ecclesiastical order is not a continuation of the order that the Apostles left us.   They say this, because in the New Testament it is clearly apparent that although the three terms of “Bishop, Elder and Deacon” are mentioned therein, the concepts of “Bishop” and “Elder” are presumed identical and not separate offices, as is the case in the Orthodox Church.  Thus, it is impossible for these people to accept succession in the Church’s Bishops, because they consider succession to be an arbitrary decision.

What Protestant interpretation has overlooked, is how the office of Bishop was established during the late apostolic period, which was around the end of the first century to the beginning of the second century A.D.

It was imperative that ecclesiastic order undergo certain changes, as the head Apostles would eventually be departing from this world.  Someone had to continue their work, and this could not possibly be done, while the head Apostles were still alive and in active duty.

2. The Order of Prophets

Protestants are in general aware that “Prophets” who were gifted with prophetic charisma are mentioned in the New Testament.   What they probably do not realize is that – apart from those prophets - the primeval Church also had certain other “prophets” who obtained this charisma through ordination ( the laying on of the hands ).  These comprised the Order that we refer to as “The Order of Prophets” today.

The Order of Prophets had immense authority in the Church during the first two centuries.  It was actually the second office in authority, after that of the Apostles, as evidenced in the following verses of the New Testament :

Ephesians 4/IV 10 - 1: ΄΄…and He gave (to us) the Apostles on one hand, and on the other, the

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Monday, December 17, 2018

If God is loving, why does he send people to Hell?


TEXTS - ORTHODOXY


If God is loving, why does he send people to Hell?

God does not send anyone to Hell. By his very nature, God is holy and cannot overlook sin, yet he desires that all should come to know him through faith. However, God does not compel us to love him, for forced love is not love at all. Thus Hell is something that humans choose voluntarily, through their rejection of God.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Link: Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England



Saint Dunstan Orthodox Christian Church in Poole, England

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

Saint Osmund's Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 9JG

Church Phone: 01202 602628

Monday, October 29, 2018

I place all Heaven - Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)


IRELAND OF MY HEART


At Tara today in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And fire with all the strength it hath,
And lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness
All these I place,
By God's almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of darkness.

—Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The rites of Baptism and Christmation


TEXTS - ORTHODOXY


The rites of Baptism and Christmation

The Rites of Baptism and Christmation (known as Confirmation in the Western) are the rites of passage and entry into the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is the Divine Economy of Faith, what brings Life to all Christians that become in Communion with the Patriarch of Constantinople, the First Among Equals. For of course,  ”In the beginning God made the Heavens and the Earth. But the Earth was unsightly and unfurnished, and darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the waters.” (Genesis 1:1,2) These are the very first words of Scripture! The “Spirit of God,” the Holy Spirit, was in “the waters.” This is a prefigurement of baptism, of what gives us life, since God used water to make creation, but also uses it to renew creation.

He then did just that, by renewing creation through the flood. “And the flood was upon the Earth forty days and forty nights, and the water greatly abounded and bore up the ark, and it was lifted on high from off the Earth… and the ark was borne upon the water… and (water) covered all the high mountains which were under the Heavens… And there died all flesh that moved upon the Earth, of flying creatures and cattle, and of wild beasts, and of every reptile moving upon the Earth, and every man… (But) Noah was left alone and those with him in the ark… (Genesis 7:17-24) All Christians are “lifted on high from off the Earth,” towards the “Heavens” when they are baptized, since they are renewed as Creation was renewed, and become one with God. Noah’s ark is a type of the Church, and we all must be purified by water and Spirit to enter this Church, and not die like the men and women who laughed at Noah. Indeed, they died because of their wickedness and lack of faith. But Noah was faithful,and was a type of Christ.

And then, in Exodus, there is the crossing of the River Jordan and the Pillars of Cloud and Fire:

“And the Angel of God that went before the camp of the children of Israel removed and went behind, and the pillar of the cloud also removed from before them and stood behind them. And it went behind the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel, and stood; and there was darkness and blackness; and the night passed, and they came not near to one another during the whole night. And Moses stretched forth His hand over the sea, and the Lord carried back the sea… And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry land, and the water of it was a wall on the right hand and a wall on the left. And the Egyptians pursued them and went in after them… (with) Pharaoh… And it came to pass in the morning watch that the Lord looked forth on the camp of the Egyptians, and bound the

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

How to preserve a relationship? - Fr. Andrew Konanos, Greece


TEXTS - ORTHODOXY


How to preserve a relationship?

Fr. Andrew Konanos, Greece

Your life has become a routine. You feel that a person close to you has become boring. You have studied him or her for so many years. You are used to them, but you are tired of them. This is what you think. What is this person really like? You know them well for sure. Just as usual, they reveal something new to you. Something that you did not know, some beautiful part of their soul. If you understand this, you will see they have many more capabilities. Then your interest in them will be awakened in the depths of your soul. Your relationship will become new and fresh again. Any relationship can be pleasant: with your spouse, your children, and your co-workers.

As holy fathers suggested, it is enough for everyone to look at oneself philosophically. That is, to examine oneself, wonder, if Christ reflects in one, then say: «Why was Jesus like that, and I am completely different? What do I have? What do I lack? Why am I so fussy? Why is everyone around me to blame? Why are my wings broken? After all, I am still so young! Future is ahead! I cannot go on like this!”

So, find your calling. Search. Pay attention to your charisma. Listen closely to your heart’s desires and profound wishes. I pray that you awaken, that a spark ignites within your soul and turns into a flaming aspiration that will change your days and weeks, that you find an incentive to live.

I wish you this: some kind of change, an inspiration. By the prayers of all our saints. With the blessing of the Most Pure Theotokos, Her maternal love. I wish your heart to always beat, carrying the living Blood of Christ. The Life-Giving Blood, as we said earlier. So that you would live and rejoice, not being stagnate and not wasting your days pointlessly, spending them without happiness and joy. You are worthy of happiness. Joy suits you. Your soul yearns for Christ. All this I wish you. And I pray for the realization of all this. You can do it all!

Your power is in prayer. I think the greatest mystery of all the saints of our Church and all those mighty souls, who managed to overcome great problems, trials, inconveniences and hardships, was in prayer. Prayer… We claim that we pray, but is it truly so? Judging by myself and some people who trust me, I have no idea if we actually pray or if it is just empty talk.

In Greek, the word “prayer” (προσευχή) has a preposition προς, indicating the direction of prayer. The question is, where is it actually directed? Maybe to ourselves? Perhaps through ourselves we talk to our own selves? Or is there really a way from our “self” to God? Maybe through prayer, we personally contact with God? If we actually had this contact, much would be different… How important it is to say, “I am in contact with God”, that is, with Him, Who is the truth, light, bliss, power, glory, hope, joy, health and wealth.

From the book “There are difficulties in marriage…” by Archimandrite Andrew (Konanos)

Translated by Kirill Nikolaev


PRAVMIR.COM

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY AND THE WORLD

Friday, August 24, 2018

Saint John Maximovitch in the Netherlands


NETHERLANDS OF MY HEART


ST JOHN MAXIMOVITCH IN THE NETHERLANDS

Archbishop John Maximovitch

By HEGOUMEN ADRIAAN

Netherlands Orthodox Church

Archbishop John is honored as the Founder of the Netherlands Orthodox Church, and the first Life of him to appear after his death was in the Dutch- language periodical of this Church (their article that follows appeared in the same issue).

Later, the major Life to date of Vladika (The Orthodox Word, Nov.-Dec., 1966) was translated in full into Dutch and printed in the same organ. The veneration and love of the Orthodox Dutch for Vladika was summed up in Bishop Jacob’s Foreword to their Life of him: “I have no spiritual father any more and shall indeed find no other, certainly not one like him, who from up in the middle of the night to say: Go to sleep now, what you are asking of God will certainly be all right. Vladika, thank you for everything, and remember us, your Dutch Church, at the Throne of God.”

VLADIKA JOHN, nicknamed Shanghaisky, was a person of the type one longs to meet, even if it is only for once in a lifetime. When then such a meeting has become reality, the remembrance remains unforgettable. He was literally a unique personality, completely his own type, because many characteristics, in themselves already rare, were united in him to an exceptional degree. 

Still ever do I see before me how he came to look us up in our church about fifteen years ago. To the eye he made no great impression: small, a dumpy figure, an irregular face in a mess of tangled head- and beard-hairs. A serious speech impediment made him extremely difficult to understand, even though he spoke German, French, and English. But he did not say much. Very calm, without taking any notice of the people who were waiting for him, he inspected the whole church. He went to kiss the altar and looked in detail at and into everything that was on it. After 3PM he studied by one the surrounding icons and the books, the printed as well as the handwritten ones. After a full hour he made his

Video - Miraculous Emergence: Orthodoxy in America


AMERICA OF MY HEART



Miraculous Emergence: Orthodoxy in America

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Into Orthodoxy: The Long Journey Home - Fr. Lawrence Farley, Canada


CANADA OF MY HEART


Into Orthodoxy: The Long Journey Home

Fr. Lawrence Farley, Canada

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/04/22/into-orthodoxy-the-long-journey-home/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

In my journey home to Orthodoxy, I took the long way around.  I was born into suburban respectability in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and therefore attended Protestant Sunday School like all the other respectable kids my age.  Since Christian Faith in my home was more nominal than real, when Sunday School became boring (the ultimate indictment), I stopped attending and soon sunk into agnostic adolescent mediocrity.  I didn’t give ultimate questions much thought; I was more interested in girls.  (Sadly, they were little interested in me.)

But around midway through my teenage years I thought that life must consist of something more than a meaningless dance of atoms, and so I went back to my United Church looking for answers.  There I encountered a few people my age who introduced me to the Jesus Movement (it was 1970), and in the Jesus Movement I encountered the Lord Jesus.  It was a very high-voltage part of the Jesus Movement, replete with speaking in tongues, prophesying, and effervescent evangelism, characterized by a direct experience of the overwhelming love of God and the power of the Spirit.

One thing that was missing, however, from my United Church, was any historical memory.  The United Church of my upbringing was created in 1925 and my mom was created in 1921, and I intuited that one’s Church should at least be older than one’s mother.  I began looking for a sense of history in my church experience, along with beauty in worship, and an affirmation of the realities I had experienced in the Jesus Movement.  The liberal United Church could not supply these, so I started to look elsewhere.

Being a Protestant, I of course did not fish outside the Protestant pool.  I became an Anglican, and thereafter, an Anglican priest.

I had lousy timing.  The Anglican Church of Canada was then energetically engaged in throwing overboard just those things in her theology and liturgy that I joined her to experience.  For the longest time I tried to pretend that the Anglican church was not just another species of liberal Protestantism.  But reality is a relentless thing, and eventually I had to admit that the Anglican Church I joined was largely like the United Church I left.  So, where to go? Then, providentially, I discovered Orthodoxy.

I always considered the Fathers paradigmatic (which is why Roman Catholicism was never “on the table” for me).  Too bad the Orthodox didn’t speak English.  When I soon discovered that they did speak English, I was hooked.  I found in Orthodoxy the convergence of the two things I had come to value above all in the Church:  an experience of the Holy Spirit and of patristic continuity.  Conversion for me meant coming home and resolving the tensions between the charismatic and the historical.  In becoming Orthodox I was not conscious of renouncing any of the things I found precious in my past, but rather fulfilling them, and being able to enjoy them in their proper places.

I am grateful to God both for all the places I have been, and for where I now am.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Conclusion of a Homily on Death - Saint Ignaty Brianchaninov, Bishop of Caucasus & Black Sea, Russia (+1867)


SAINTS OF MY HEART


Conclusion of a Homily on Death

Saint Ignaty Brianchaninov, 
Bishop of Caucasus & Black Sea, Russia (+1867)

Let us arouse in ourselves the remembrance of death by visiting cemeteries, visiting the sick, being present at the death and burial of our close ones, by frequently examining and renewing in our memories various contemporary deaths which we have heard of or seen.... Having understood the shortness of our earthly life and the vanity of all earthly acquisitions and advantages; having understood the frightful future that awaits those who have disdained the Redeemer and redemption and have offered themselves entirely as a sacrifice to sin and corruption—let us turn our mental eyes away from their steady gazing at the deceptive and enchanting beauty of the world which easily catches the weak human heart and forces it to love and serve it; let us turn them to the fearful but saving spectacle of the death that awaits us. Let us weep over ourselves while there is time; let us wash, let us cleanse with tears and confession our sins which are written in the books of the Sovereign of the world. Let us acquire the grace of the Holy Spirit—this seal, this sign of election and salvation; it is indispensable for a free passage through the spaces of the air and for entrance into the heavenly gates and mansions.... O ye who have been banished from Paradise! It is not for enjoyments, not for festivity, not for playing that we find ourselves on earth—but in order that by faith, repentance, and the Cross we might kill the death which has killed us and restore to ourselves the lost Paradise! May the merciful Lord grant the readers of this Homily, and him who has composed it, to remember death during this earthly life, and by the remembrance of it, by the mortification of oneself to everything vain, and by a life lived for eternity, to banish from oneself the fierceness of death when its hour shall come, and through it to enter into the blessed, eternal, true life. Amen.

Source:

Saint Ignaty Brianchaninov, Collected Works, Vol. III