東正教會: 瑞士阿爾卑斯山脈 Orthodoxy in Swiss Alps ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* 东正教在中国 – Chinese Video



東正教會: 瑞士阿爾卑斯山脈 Orthodoxy in Swiss Alps


After 87 years at the Smithsonian, bones of Alaska Natives returned and reburied



After 87 years at the Smithsonian,

bones of Alaska Natives returned and reburied





Anthropologists once excavated the graves of thousands of Native Americans. Now museums in the U.S. are slowly working to return those remains and funerary objects to tribes.

A village in southwest Alaska recently reburied 24 of their ancestors who had been excavated by a Smithsonian anthropologist in 1931.

About half of the village of Igiugig crowded into the Russian Orthodox Church in the center of town on a drizzly fall day. In the center of the nave sat three handmade, wooden coffins that held the bones from the now-abandoned settlement of Kaskanak.

The remains were unearthed by Aleš Hrdlička, who was the head of the anthropology department in what is now the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The question of how people originally came to North America and from where drove Hrdlička to dig up the bones of Native Americans all around the United States. Historians estimate that he took thousands to Washington, D.C., for research.

After more than eight decades in the museum’s collection, Igiugig’s ancestors finally returned home for reburial.

Avery Lill

π. Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης από το Περού – Από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό, Ορθόδοξος Μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος



π. Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης από το Περού

Από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό, Ορθόδοξος Μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος

Περουβιανός Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης:

«Μιά μέρα συνάντησα στό Παρίσι σ᾽ ἕνα ἑστιατόριο ἕναν ὀρθόδοξο μοναχό πού ἐπρόκειτο ν᾽ ἀλλάξη ὁλόκληρη τή ζωή μου. “Ἡ ὀρθοδοξία ἀνακεφαλαιώνεται σ᾽ αὐτά τά λόγια, μοῦ εἶπε. Ὁ Θεός ἔγινε ἄνθρωπος γιά νά γίνη ὁ ἄνθρωπος θεός κατά χάριν καί μετοχήν. Καί αὐτό σημαίνει ὅτι ὅπως ὅταν βάλης ἕνα σίδερο στή φωτιά τό σίδερο γίνεται φωτιά διά τῆς συμμετοχῆς στό πῦρ, ἔτσι κι ὅταν ὁ ἄνθρωπος μετέχη τοῦ θείου πυρός γίνεται κι αὐτός καί πῦρ καί φῶς καί θεός κατά χάριν”.

Αὐτός μοῦ εἶπε τότε ὅτι στήν Ἑλλάδα ὑπάρχει μιά χερσόνησος ὅπου οἱ μοναχοί ἐπαναλαμβάνουν τό ὄνομα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ὥσπου νά γραφῆ στίς καρδιές τους. Τόν ρώτησα τότε ἄν ὑπάρχουν ποιητές στήν ὀρθοδοξία καί μοῦ ἀπάντησε ὅτι ὑπάρχουν πολλοί, κι ἕνας ἀπ᾽ αὐτούς εἶναι ὁ Ἅγιος Συμεών, ὁ νέος θεολόγος, πού ἔγραψε ὔμνους ἔρωτος γιά τό Θεό.

Ὅμως, ἡ πρώτη μου ἐπαφή μέ τήν ὀρθοδοξία ἔγινε μιάν αὐγή στή Λίμα ὅπου μέ τόν ἀγαπημένο μου ξάδερφο Φερνάντο περπατούσαμε στούς ἄδειους δρόμους μετά ἀπό μιά νύκτα ἀγρυπνίας ὅπου φτιάχναμε ἕνα κολάζ. Αὐτή τήν ὥρα πέφτει μιά δροσούλα στή Λίμα, ἡ γῆ μυρίζει λιγάκι, κι ἐκείνη τήν ὥρα ξεφουρνίζουν τ᾽ ἀρτοπωλεῖα καί μυρίζει ψωμί ἡ ἀτμόσφαιρα. Μιά τέτοια ὥρα περάσαμε ἀπό τήν ὀρθόδοξη ἐκκλησία κι ὁ Φερνάντο μοῦ πρότεινε νά μποῦμε:

—Εἶναι ὡραῖα ἐκεῖ μέσα: ἔχουν σταφύλια, κρασί, ἄρτους.

Ἐγώ φαντάσθηκα κάτι σάν ἀρχαιοελληνικό συμπόσιο καί φυσικά δέχθηκα (γέλια). Ἦταν ἀνοικτή, ἀλλά ἄδεια —λίγο πρίν ξημερώση. Μ᾽ ἐντυπωσίασε βαθειά ἡ σιγή πού βασίλευε ἐκεῖ, οἱ εἰκόνες στούς τοίχους καί τ᾽ ἀναμμένα καντήλια. Καί δεξιά μου ἕνα τραπεζάκι γεμάτο ἀρτίδια —τά πρόσφορα τά ὁποῖα συνηθίζουν νά κάνουν οἱ Ρῶσοι μοῦ φάνηκαν τόσο κομψά, καί νομίζω γιά πρώτη φορά στή ζωή μου ἔκλεψα κάτι. Λίγο μετά τό ἄφησα πάνω στό πήλινο χέρι τοῦ Δημιουργοῦ πού εἶχε φτιάξει ὁ Φερνάντο στό στούντιό του, καί λίγο ἀργότερα μ᾽ “ἔκλεψε” μέ τόν ἴδιο τρόπο ἡ ὀρθοδοξία, ὅπως συνηθίζει».


Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Θεός Ἐφανερώθη – Από τόν Ἀθεϊσμό στό Χριστό

ἐκδ. Ἁγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Ἀθήνα 2011



Is There One True Church? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* An Interview with Peter Jackson, a former Protestant missionary



Is There One True Church?


An Interview with Peter Jackson,

a former Protestant missionary





Peter Jackson—a former Protestant missionary and the translator of several books of Holy Scripture into the language of the Kogi people of Colombia, presently a student at Holy Trinity Spiritual Seminary—tells of his road to Orthodoxy. This is an Interview conducted with him on the pages of Pravoslavnaya Rus’ [Orthodox Rus’] by R. Sholkov.

* * *

RS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

PJ: I was an Evangelical Protestant from birth. My family attended Baptist and Presbyterian churches, and my parents were firm believers in [the concept of] the “invisible Church,” i.e., [the belief] that there has never been a single church on earth which could call herself the one True Church; i.e., [a church] possessing the fullness of the Truth. All that was necessary was “to believe in Christ” and to attend that church which was “convenient.” But I could never understand why there were so many different so-called churches, all of which considered themselves to be Bible-based?

When I was 12 years old, our community was visited by some preachers who were doing missionary work in Colombia and translating the Bible for the Indians. Because I had always been interested in languages, I was attracted to this work. I was astonished [to learn] that there are thousands of languages in the world into which the Bible has not yet been translated.

I began to study Greek and Hebrew, in order to prepare myself for working in translating the Bible into such languages; and, at the university, I studied linguistics. Later, I joined the Protestant Mission of Bible translators (Wycliffe Bible Translators), in order to obtain a more detailed education.

When I was in training at Wycliffe, I became acquainted with my future wife, Styliana; now we have two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin. Styliana’s parents were missionaries in Colombia, when she was yet 5 years old. They preached among the semi-savage Kogi tribe. Her parents were very happy to receive our Continue reading “Is There One True Church? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* An Interview with Peter Jackson, a former Protestant missionary”

Recovering the Ancient Paths – Dennis L. Corrigan, USA




Recovering the Ancient Paths

by Dennis L. Corrigan, USA





“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever”

The following is a revision of a letter (article) we wrote to the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel to explain our decision to withdraw from that organization in order to pursue our being catechized unto Chrismation into the Orthodox Church. We have revised it to make it more useful for a more general distribution by members of our congregation who may want to help in explaining our decision to families and friends.

The Carpenter’s Company is in the process of becoming a part of the Orthodox Church. This obviously means that we have had to withdraw from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel which we did in early May, 1996. All this is actually the culmination of a journey which began for us in 1987 when the Holy Spirit commanded us to ask for the “ancient paths” (Jeremiah 6:16).

A Journey Begins

Our quest for the ancient paths did not actually get underway until June 17, 1989 when we began to meet every morning at six o’clock for prayer. We soon called it Vigil, the name given to the night office of prayer for over fifteen hundred years. We could not Continue reading “Recovering the Ancient Paths – Dennis L. Corrigan, USA”