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Mother Magdalena, PA, USA: In Search of Solid Ground – From New Age Hippie to Orthodox Nun



Mother Magdalena, PA, USA:

In Search of Solid Ground – From New Age Hippie to Orthodox Nun

Mother Magdalena, from the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, will share her faith journey and speak on the Theology of Joy.

Mother Magdalena was born the second child in a family of 10 children. She grew up in the Roman Catholic Church, which she loved. During her high school years, the effects of Vatican II on church liturgical life hit, catapulting her out of the church into a search for solid ground to stand on: through the hippie movement, feminism, the New Age, life in a yoga ashram, and humanistic and trans-personal psychologies. These experiences created a hunger for a life grounded in ancient truth rather than made-up ritual or emotional highs. Eventually she joined a group born out of the hippie movement in San Francisco, which, many years later, as a group joined the Orthodox Church, finding there the deepest, clearest path to Christ. These experiences were a perfect segue into monastic life, a life of women led by a woman, holding all in common, living lightly, serving all, filled with the joy of the presence of Christ, rich in the ancient, ever-renewing traditions of Orthodoxy.



Fr. Simeon de la Jara, Peru: On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece




Fr. Simeon de la Jara, Peru:

On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece

When Miguel Angel de la Jara Higgingson was seven, his mother had a vision. She sensed that her son would some day leave her for a “far away place, like an island, there where people of solitude lived who pray all the time and rarely step out into the world”. Even she, however, could probably not have imagined just how far from his native Peru, both physically and spiritually, his life’s search would take him.

Now he is Father Simeon the hermit, an Orthodox Christian monk of Eastern Orthodox Church who lives on Mount Athos, a self-administrating, all-male monastic community on the Athos peninsula – the eastern most of three jutting peninsulas in the northern Greek prefecture of Halkidiki in Greece.

However, it’s not just his Peruvian origins that make Father Simeon such a well-known figure among visitors to Mount Athos; it’s also his radiant presence as an artist, poet and painter that makes him so sought after, especially by the young.

His journey began in 1968, when at the age of 18 he left Peru to discover the world. After travelling through Europe and Asia for over two years – during which time he was exposed to eastern philosophies and religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga – he finally settled in Paris, where he lived for the next three years.

It was in Paris that he first met a GreekOrthodox monk and learned about Orthodoxy, a meeting that was to have a profound effect on him. For the next Continue reading “Fr. Simeon de la Jara, Peru: On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece”

Ορθόδοξες Ομαδικές Βαπτίσεις στην Ινδία με θαύμα του Σταυρού



Ορθόδοξες Ομαδικές Βαπτίσεις στην Ινδία με θαύμα του Σταυρού

Η Ινδία είναι μια πολύ μεγάλη χώρα στην οποία η πλειοψηφία είναι Ινδουιστές. Η χώρα αυτή δέχθηκε το κήρυγμα του Ευαγγελίου από τον Απόστολο Θωμά, όμως οι περισσότεροι κάτοικοί της έμειναν ειδωλολάτρες.

Κάποτε ένας ιεραπόστολος αφού κατήχησε και βάφτισε αρκετές οικογένειες Ινδών ύψωσε έναν ξυλόγλυπτο Σταυρό με τον Εσταυρωμένο τον οποίο στόλισε πολύ όμορφα.

Μια μέρα οι ειδωλολάτρες πήγαν στον Εσταυρωμένο και άρχισαν να τον περιγελούν πετώντας στο πρόσωπό του ακαθαρσίες φτύνοντας και χτυπώντας με ρόπαλα.

Ξαφνικά ο Χριστός έστρεψε το πρόσωπό του προς τα δεξιά και κοιτώντας τους είπε: “Γιατί με περιγελάτε;”.

Εκείνοι έμειναν στήλη άλατος, μάλιστα μερικοί πέθαναν από το φόβο τους. Οι υπόλοιποι έτρεξαν στους δασκάλους τους και τους είπαν για το θαύμα. Όταν επέστρεψαν μαζί με τους δασκάλους τους είδαν ότι το πρόσωπο του Χριστού ήταν ακόμη στραμμένο δεξιά και τόσο πολύ εξεπλάγησαν ώστε ζήτησαν και βαφτίστηκαν αμέσως.

Σήμερα στο σημείο που ήταν ο Εσταυρωμένος βρίσκεται ο καθεδρικός τους ναός, ο δε ξύλινος εκείνος σταυρός σώζεται μέσα στο Άγιο Βήμα.

(Από το βιβλίο: π. Δαμασκηνός Γρηγοριάτης (Μετάφραση), Ιστορίες Γέροντος Κλεόπα, Εκδόσεις Άθως, Α´ και Β´ τόμος)




Ορθόδοξη Ιεραποστολή του Μπουσούγκιου στην Ουγκάντα

Η δημόσια ομολογία και μεταστροφή μίας Αφρικανής μάγισσας από την ειδωλολατρία στην Ορθοδοξία στο Κονγκό



Η Ορθοδοξία στην Αφρική

Η δημόσια ομολογία και μεταστροφή μίας Αφρικανής μάγισσας

από την ειδωλολατρία στην Ορθοδοξία στο Κονγκό

Ἀναφέρει ὁ Μητροπολίτης Πενταπόλως Αφρικῆς, Ἰγνάτιος Μαδενλίδης, ἀπό τήν Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐξωτερική Ἱεραποστολή στο Κονγκό της Αφρικῆς (πρώην Ζαϊρ):

«Ἦταν μεταξύ τῶν ἀκροατῶν αὐτή τή φορά καί μία 25χρονη γυναῖκα. Αἰσθάνθηκε κατάνυξι, συντριβή, ὁρμή γιά μετάνοια. Σηκώθηκε καί σέ ἐπήκοο τῶν συγχωριανῶν της, πού ἄκουγαν τήν ἐκπομπή, ὁμολόγησε:

—Εἶμαι sorcèire (=μάγισσα). Οὔτε ὁ ἄνδρας μου τό ξέρει αὐτό. Θυσίασα τό ἕνα παιδί μου· ἤμουν ἕτοιμη νά θυσιάσω καί τό δεύτερο. Μετανοῶ. Ὁρκίζομαι νά τά ἀπαρνηθῶ ὅλα. Πιστεύω. Θέλω νά βαπτισθῶ γιά νά σωθῶ…

Κατάπληξι! Ἦταν κάτι τό ἀναπάντεχο.

—Σηκωθήκαμε ὅλοι, διηγόταν ὁ ὑπεύθυνος τῶν λίγων Ὀρθοδόξων τῆς Tshibambula, καί κάναμε μιά προσευχή γι᾽ αὐτή τή γυναῖκα. Ἡ ὁμολογία καί ἡ ἀπόφασί της ἦταν ἀληθινή, ἀφοῦ τώρα αὐτή καί ὁ ἄνδρας της περιμένουν καί ἑτοιμάζονται νά βαπτισθοῦν.

Ποιός θά περίμενε ἀπό μία καί μόνη ἀκρόασι τοῦ λόγου τοῦ Θεοῦ νά ξεπηδήση μιά τέτοια ἀληθινή μετάνοια (μέ δημόσια μάλιστα ὁμολογία!) καί νά ληφθῆ μιά τόσο δυνατή ἀπόφασι καί ὁρμή πρός τό βάπτισμα;!».

11 μεταστροφές Πεντηκοστιανών στην Ορθοδοξία

11 μεταστροφές Πεντηκοστιανών στην Ορθοδοξία



Πεντηκοστιανοί, αίρεση. Μαρτυρία πρώην Πεντηκοστιανού



Πως ξέφυγα από τους Πεντηκοστιανούς!

Η μεταστροφή ενός Πεντηκοστιανού τής ΕΑΕΠ στην Εκκλησία τού Χριστού

Από τους πεντηκοστιανούς στην αιώνια Πεντηκοστή της Ορθοδοξίας!

Πεντηκοστιανοί: Μεταστροφές … (Αναστασία Λ.)



“They must learn, for they do not know” – The conversion of French George Lesier from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy



“They must learn, for they do not know”

The conversion of French George Lesier from

Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy




With this title we publish the letter of Mrs. Catherine Lesier, by which she expresses her thanks for the contribution of our Holy Monastery for the conversion of her reposed husband to the One, Catholic and Apostolic Church, our Orthodox Church.

We used the above title, because it consists of the saying of George Lesier himself, while expressing his pain for his countrymen, himself being French, and because we believe this publication would also help those who have yet to know and taste the Grace of the Holy Spirit.

The conversion of George, of course is by nature the work of the Divine Grace. It is the response of God to his innocent intention, in his personal spiritual struggle which was but an expression of his anticipation for his union with the Holy Church. It is without doubt the fruit of love and of the hearty prayers of his pious wife and of the spiritual fathers and brothers, who anonymously or otherwise, they are referred to in the letter of Mrs. Lesier.

The contribution of our Holy Monastery lies in the divine functioning providence of its New Marmara Metohion at Halkidiki. of the last few years.
We believe that George, as he requested, kept clean the robe of holy baptism and now he reposes in the glory of the Lord. He intercedes for his family, his spiritual brothers but also for his, of the flesh countrymen. “They must learn, because they do not know” he would say when he referred to them. He wished that they all knew, if possible, the Grace of the Holy Spirit which he intensely lived with his holy baptism. Finally George was speaking from experience. For this he was very convincing and he became greatly accepted within his narrow family circle and by his countrymen that came to know him.

We pray that God rest his spirit with the Just and we ask him to pray to God for us who came to love him.

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N. Marmaras 15-3-1993.

My honourable elder George, bless.

I know your time is precious, for this I beg you to forgive me that I make you spend a little time reading my letter.

Personally I thank you for the contribution of your spiritual work at the New Marmara Metohion. I especially thank you and all the fathers of the Monastery, for helping my husband George to come to Orthodoxy and be baptized at 65 years of age. I truly believe I have lived a miracle, because in my twenty years of married life, I had to deal with a very difficult man, especially in religious matters.

When after our wedding – fortunately we married in the Orthodox Church – I learned from someone spiritual that it is a heavy misdemeanour that I had married a heterodox and even as he called him a heretic. I was shaken and I started to feel the weight of my responsibility and guilt. That Spiritual one suggested to me that I should help him get to know Orthodoxy and perhaps if Continue reading ““They must learn, for they do not know” – The conversion of French George Lesier from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy”

A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla, Abbess of Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion in North Yorkshire, England





A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla,

Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion

in North Yorkshire, England



Mother Thekla’s Letter To A New Convert


Mother Thekla, who died on Aug. 7, 2011 at aged 93, was the last surviving nun to have occupied the enclosed Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption in North Yorkshire, but became better known to the wider world as the spiritual muse of the composer Sir John Tavener. Mother Thekla wrote the following letter in 2009, when she was 91 years old. You can read more about her here.


Dear “John”,

I understand that you are on the way to becoming Orthodox. I know nothing about you, beyond the fact that you are English.

Before we go any further, there is one point I should make clear. I have not been told why you are about to convert, but I assure you there is no point whatsoever if it is for negative reasons. You will find as much “wrong” (if not more) in Orthodoxy as in the Anglican or Roman Churches.

So – the first point is, are you prepared to face lies, hypocrisy, evil and all the rest, just as much in Orthodoxy as in any other religion or denomination?

Are you expecting a kind of earthly paradise with plenty of incense and the right kind of music?

Do you expect to go straight to heaven if you cross yourself slowly, pompously and in the correct form from the right side?

Have you a cookery book with all the authentic Russian recipes for Easter festivities?

Are you an expert in kissing three times on every possible or improper occasion?

Can you prostrate elegantly without dropping a variety of stationery out of your pockets?


Have you read the Gospels?

Have you faced Christ crucified? In the spirit have you attended the Last Supper – the meaning of Holy Communion?


Are you prepared, in all humility, to understand that you will never, in this life, know beyond Faith; that Faith means accepting the Truth without proof. Faith and knowledge are the ultimate contradiction –and the ultimate absorption into each other.

Living Orthodoxy is based on paradox, which is carried on into worship – private or public.

We know because we believe and we believe because we know.

Above all, are you prepared to accept all things as from God?

If we are meant, always, to be “happy”, why the Crucifixion? Are you prepared, whatever happens, to believe that somewhere, somehow, it must make sense? That does not mean passive endurance, but it means constant vigilance, listening, for what is demanded; and above all, Love.

Poor, old, sick, to our last breath, we can love. Not sentimental nonsense so often confused with love, but the love of sacrifice – inner crucifixion of greed, envy, pride.

And never confuse love with sentimentality.

And never confuse worship with affectation.

Be humble – love, even when it is difficult. Not sentimental so called love – And do not treat church worship as a theatrical performance!

I hope that some of this makes sense,

With my best wishes,
Mother Thekla
(sometime Abbess of the Monastery of the Assumption, Normanby)

The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA



The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas

By Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

Printed in Issue 24 – Death to the World





I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.

I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…

Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.

I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…

Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with black corpses, white snow, pagan fires and virulent animals.

I took a bus north from Delhi. It was crowded, tight and cramped, flies buzzed between my face and the windows smeared with brown slime. It’s so Continue reading “The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”

Η μεταστροφή ενός Αφρικανού από την ειδωλολατρεία στην Ορθοδοξία στο Κονγκό και το θαύμα την ώρα της Βαπτίσεώς του



Η μεταστροφή ενός Αφρικανού

από την ειδωλολατρεία στην Ορθοδοξία στο Κονγκό

και το θαύμα την ώρα της Βαπτίσεώς του

Ἀναφέρει ὁ Μητροπολίτης Πενταπόλως Αφρικῆς, Ἰγνάτιος Μαδενλίδης, ἄλλη μία μεταστροφή ἀπό τήν Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐξωτερική Ἱεραποστολή στο Κονγκό της Αφρικῆς (πρώην Ζαϊρ):

«Ἦταν εὐκαιρία. Ἦλθε ἱερέας ἀπό τή Kananga στήν Dekeshia τοῦ Κονγκό (πρώην Ζαΐρ). Αὐτό γίνεται κάθε δύο χρόνια περίπου. Θά βάπτιζε τούς Κατηχουμένους καί θά λειτουργοῦσε γιά νά κοινωνήση τούς πιστούς.

Ὁ γέροντας ἤθελε κι αὐτός νά βαπτισθῆ. Τό ἐννοοῦσε νά μή χάση τήν εὐκαιρία.

Πῶς ὅμως;

Εἶχε τά βάσανά του. Ἀνημπόρια. Ὄχι μόνο τά γεράματά του. Ἦταν κι αὐτά ἀνημπόρια. Κυρίως ὅμως τά ἕρμα τά πόδια του. Πρησμένα ἀπό καιρό, τώρα παραῆταν. Οὔτε τά παπούτσια μποροῦσε νά φορέση, ἀλλά καί τό περπάτημα ἦταν βάσανο.

Ὅμως θά πήγαινε νά βαπτισθῆ. Τό ᾽λεγε ἡ καρδιά του, πόθος μακροχρόνιος καί βαθύς, κι ἄς ἔφερναν τήν ἀντίρρησί τους τά πόδια του.

Σύρθηκε. Πῆγε.

Ἦρθε καί ἡ σειρά του. Μπῆκε στά νερά τοῦ ποταμοῦ.

—“Βαπτίζεται ὁ δοῦλος τοῦ Θεοῦ… Ἀμήν”.

Μά, τί ἀλλαγή ἦταν αὐτή πού ἔνιωθε;

Θεέ μου, τά πόδια του! Τά δικά του πόδια. Δέν ἦταν πιά ὅπως μέχρι τώρα. Τά πιάνει. Βεβαιώνεται. Δέν ἦταν καθόλου πρησμένα. Καί τά ἔνιωθε πιό δυνατά.

Τά ἔδειξε καί στούς ἄλλους. Τά ἔδειχνε νά τά δοῦνε· νά βεβαιώσουν τό θαῦμα.

Τό γεγονός τῆς ἡμέρας. Τό θαῦμα αὐταπόδεικτο. Ἐνισχύθηκαν οἱ νεοφώτιστοι· τό καυχοῦνταν οἱ πιστοί: “Ἔχουμε δυνατή πίστι. Ἔχουμε ἀληθινή Ἐκκλησία…”».

Native Americans and Orthodoxy – Frederica Mathewes-Green, USA



Native Americans and Orthodoxy

Frederica Mathewes-Green, USA

[Ancient Faith Radio; August 28, 2008]

Frederica Mathewes-Green: Here I am, I’m in Anchorage, Alaska. My first visit to Alaska, this completes my visiting fifty states. This is my fiftieth state, so it’s wonderful to be here at last. I am on the grounds of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, speaking to Steven Alvarez, who is- what is your role here at the center?

Steven Alvarez: I am Director of Strategic Initiatives and Media.

FMG: You were telling me you produce films sometimes for the center as well. And we were hearing the story of what brought you here, you said it was St. Herman that brought you. To begin with, your heritage goes back to New Mexico, your background is Apache. You were telling me that it’s connected with some of the peoples in Alaska, as well.

SA: Right. The Athabaskans up here share a common language (a common language base), and we’re pretty much the same people.

FMG: And, how in the world did you end up becoming Orthodox?

SA: I was part of San Jose Christian Fellowship that converted back in 1993. And I was the music director there at the church, and so that whole process brought us to Orthodoxy and…

FMG: You were swept up.

SA: Yeah, yeah.

FMG: Had you been a Christian all your life?

SA: I was raised Roman Catholic. So I had really no issues with the theology. I mean, I grew up with it. The only question that I kept asking was, once we become Orthodox, where does the band go? (laughs)

FMG: Because you were the percussionist in the worship band.

SA: I was the worship leader.

FMG: Oh, you were the worship leader.

SA: Yeah, and so we were chrismated and I was ordained a subdeacon that Continue reading “Native Americans and Orthodoxy – Frederica Mathewes-Green, USA”

π. Anthony Bloom, Παρίσι: Η μεταστροφή του από τον αθεϊσμό στην Ορθοδοξία



π. Anthony Bloom, Παρίσι:

Η μεταστροφή του από τον αθεϊσμό στην Ορθοδοξία




Ἰδού πῶς μᾶς ἀφηγεῖται τή μεταστροφή του ὁ μετέπειτα ἰατρός καί Ἐπίσκοπος Anthony Bloom:

«Θυμᾶμαι ὅτι μοῦ εἶπε ὁ πατέρας μου κάποτε, ὅταν γύρισα ἀπό διακοπές:

—Ἀνησύχησα γιά σένα.

Καί ἐγώ τοῦ εἶπα: —Νομίσατε ὅτι μοῦ συνέβη κάποιο ἀτύχημα;

Ἐκεῖνος ἀπάντησε: —Αὐτό δέν θά εἶχε καμμιά σημασία, ἀκόμη κι ἄν δέν εἶχες σκοτωθῆ. Νόμιζα ὅτι εἶχες χάσει τήν ἀκεραιότητά σου».

«—Πότε γίνατε Χριστιανός; Ὑπῆρξε στή ζωή σας καμμιά συγκεκριμένη στιγμή μεταστροφῆς;

—Αὐτό συνέβη σέ διάφορα στάδια. Μέχρι τά μέσα τῆς ἐφηβικῆς μου ἡλικίας ἤμουνα ἕνας ἄπιστος καί τρομερά ἀντιεκκλησιαστικός. Δέν γνώριζα τό Θεό, δέν Continue reading “π. Anthony Bloom, Παρίσι: Η μεταστροφή του από τον αθεϊσμό στην Ορθοδοξία”

The Journey to Antioch – My Discoveries in the Orthodox Church – Clifton D. Healy, USA



The Journey to Antioch

My Discoveries in the Orthodox Church

by Clifton D. Healy





In two previous essays (“Starting from Cane Ridge” and “The Road to Canterbury”), I described these two early periods of my faith journey in largely chronological order. For these two periods of my life there have been relatively clear and distinct time markers. I grew up in and trained for ministry among the Restoration Movement churches. Toward the end of that training, while still at college, I began to investigate the Anglican tradition. And though for a time these two faith traditions overlapped, still the pathways are fairly clear.

The road markers for my journey to Antioch, my inquiry into the Orthodox Church, however, are much more muddled, scattered here and there along previous roadways, seen now as portents of things to come, but known then as only so much new experience, as simple signposts which I was then unable to read. The relating of my investigations into Orthodoxy, then, runs scattershot at first through the stages of my experience in the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement churches just prior to becoming acquainted with Anglicanism, then through my initial searching in the Anglican tradition, and finally to the culmination of my experience in that tradition as I turned away from the Episcopal Church to finally look with focused attention at the Orthodox Church.

My experience of Orthodoxy can therefore be roughly charted along five time markers: the years prior to the summer of 2000, the months from June 2000 to January 2002, from June 2002 to September 2003 (the “gap” from January to June 2002 will be addressed in due course), from September 2003 to the Sunday of Orthodoxy and our entry into the Cathecumenate, the Catechumenate from the Sunday of Orthodoxy to Pentecost, and our entry into the Church on Pentecost.

1.Encounters with Orthodoxy prior to June 2000

As has been told elsewhere, by the summer of 2000 I had looked outside my own heritage churches to find that longed-for connection to the historic Church and had made my way to Anglicanism in the belief that I had found it there.

But the search had antecedents that predated my Anglican investigations. The first event in which I can recall this longing began to manifest itself with the purchase, in January 1987 between semesters of my freshman at Ozark Christian College, at the college bookstore of the Lightfoot and Harmer Greek and English single volume edition of The Apostolic Fathers. Here was my first attempt to find out what the early Church taught and believed. A seed had been planted as I spent the next semester reading through the Apostolic Fathers. I had no real understanding of what I was reading, but it both satisfied and intensified my longing for a connection to the New Testament Church.

The next event occurred about four years later. In the spring of 1991, just prior to my graduation from college, I prepared for a conditional baptism. I was seeking some certainty and authenticity about my baptism at age seven, especially in light of the fact that my life as an adolescent was godless and Continue reading “The Journey to Antioch – My Discoveries in the Orthodox Church – Clifton D. Healy, USA”

2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017: Ο Κινέζος Su βαφτίστηκε Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός στην Ελλάδα στην όχθη του Αλιάκμονα





Ο Κινέζος Su βαφτίστηκε Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός στην όχθη του Αλιάκμονα

Άλλη μια βάπτιση ενήλικου πραγματοποιήθηκε στην όχθη του ευλογημένου Αλιάκμονα. Κι αυτή τη φορά, ο νεοφώτιστος ταξίδεψε χιλιάδες χιλιόμετρα από την μακρινή Κίνα για να βαπτιστεί στο ταπεινό μοναστήρι της Καλλιπετρας.

Ο πρώην SU, τώρα πια Kωνσταντινος με υποδειγματική ευλάβεια, νηστεία και προσευχή δέχθηκε τα χαρίσματα του Αγίου Πνευματος το Σάββατο 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017.

Μαζί με τον νεοφώτιστο ταξίδεψαν από την Ασιατική χώρα και τρία μέλη της οικογενείας του.

Πηγή: http://www.veriotis.gr/2017/09/kinezos-vaftistike-xristianos-stin-oxthi-tou-aliakmona.html

On how former Krishnaite Ananda Rupa became Olga again – Peter Davydov spoke with Olga Gagushicheva





Peter Davydov, Olga Gagushicheva





One day the following notice appeared on the door of the Krishnaite Ananda Rupa’s astrology office: “The office is closed because of my return to Orthodoxy. I sincerely wish you the same. May Christ save you. Olga.” This talk is about how Olga Gagushicheva, who had been baptized yet was absolutely unenlightened, became a Krishna worshipper and practicing astrologer, why she returned to her paternal home and Christ, and what came of it.

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The days are evil (Eph. 5:15), or an unorthodox “Orthodox life”

—Olga, Did you know anything about Christ before completely falling into the grip of astrology and other spiritual delusions?

—When I was one year old, my parents wanted to have me baptized. According to my mother, on the appointed day the weather was sunny and dry, so the family decided to go and gather berries instead of going to church. During that berry-picking hike I fell seriously ill and the illness lasted three years. I learned this from my mother when I was sixteen. I naturally drew a conclusion that I must go and receive Baptism. You see, I was empty-headed. Many of my relatives joined me. And that was the end of my “Christian living”. Though I also got the “knowledge” of the Church and God in the Soviet school. It was a real mishmash. Of course, I was a Komsomol member. We were warned that in no case should we, Komsomol members, attend any church services on Pascha. But we were curious to see what would happen during the church service, all the more so because we were told: “It is not allowed!” So we forced our way through all the police cordons and Komsomol activists who were wearing their bands. On the following day we were summoned to our director of studies who gave us a good dressing-down and promised to expel all of us from school. Of course, he didn’t keep his promise. I don’t remember how my Baptism took place as it was not a result of my conscious decision. I did it “for no particular reason”. Later, when I got married, it was fashionable to marry in Church, so we did it as well… Our wedding ceremony was arranged for us in a village church near the city of Cherepovets which was opened especially for us. And afterwards we baptized our children. That was all. You see, it was our unorthodox “Orthodox life”.

A big thank you to the press

—How did you develop an interest in astrology? How was it manifested? When did it happen?

—During my school years. I think it was 1985 or 1986.

—The time when the “gates to the West” opened wide…

—Or yawned open, to be more precise.

—And when all those individuals appeared on TV.

—Yes! Now general secretaries were replaced with sorcerers, psychics and other “enlightened” individuals who were goggling their eyes and moving their hands on TV. And not only TV. The most popular magazines, such as Continue reading “On how former Krishnaite Ananda Rupa became Olga again – Peter Davydov spoke with Olga Gagushicheva”

The Lure of the Mystical Path – Alice Tallmadge, Oregon, USA



The Lure of the Mystical Path


Alice Tallmadge, Correspondent

Originally published in The Oregonian, Sunday, April 9, 2000

From Ashland to Portland, the Orthodox tradition is drawing Oregonians to its ancient depths



The Lure of the Mystical Path


EUGENE — The Saturday night buzz is revving outside the doors of St. Eugene Orthodox Church in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Motors race. Doors slam. Nearby taverns begin to fill with eager revelers. But inside the walls of the humble, dome-topped church, an otherworldly peace reigns. Pungent incense hangs in the air. Gold-flecked icons, lit by flickering tapers, line the dark red walls. Women, their long hair covered with scarves, stand on one side of the small nave, men on the other.

They take turns filling the room with plaintive, old-world chants. Other worshippers stand quietly, hands to their sides, heads bowed.

“This is how we worship, to stay concentrated in prayer,” said St. Eugene member Sarah Cowie.

“We believe that, during the service, God pours himself out. If you get quiet enough in your mind, you can feel, palpably, his presence.”

The 70 or so members of St. Eugene aren’t immigrants from Russia, Eastern Europe or Greece. They are Eugene-area residents, most of them converts from Protestant sects, who have found solace and sustenance in a tradition that dates back 2,000 years to the early Christian church. Cowie and other St. Eugene members are among the growing numbers of Oregonians who are converting to Orthodoxy.

For years, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland, established in 1895, was Continue reading “The Lure of the Mystical Path – Alice Tallmadge, Oregon, USA”

Βιετνάμ, 2017: Η μεταστροφή της Βιετναμέζας Nguyen Thi Mai Anh από το Βουδισμό στην Ορθοδοξία μετά από εμφάνιση της Παναγίας ενώ βρισκόταν σε κώμα





Βιετνάμ, 2017:

Η μεταστροφή της Βιετναμέζας Nguyen Thi Mai Anh

από το Βουδισμό στην Ορθοδοξία μετά από εμφάνιση

της Παναγίας ενώ βρισκόταν σε κώμα

O π. Γεώργιος, ένας ιερέας από τη Μόσχα, ο οποίος συχνά εξυπηρετεί σε ιεραποστολικά ταξίδια στην Ασία, πόσταρε στο Facebook τα λόγια μιας Βιετναμέζας γυναίκας η οποία μετεστράφη στην Ορθοδοξία κατόπιν εμφανίσεως της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου.

Η γυναίκα, Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, που ήταν προηγουμένως Βουδίστρια, δούλευε και εργαζόταν στο Vũng Tàu, στο Βιετνάμ, βαπτίστηκε και εντάχθηκε στην Αγία Ορθοδοξία μας, το Μεγάλο Σάββατο του τρέχοντος έτους [2017].

Γράφει ότι κάτι καταπληκτικό συνέβη στη ζωή της πέρυσι. «Βρισκόμουν ξαπλωμένη, σε κώμα στο νοσοκομείο. Κάποια στιγμή, είδα μια ακτινοβολία, ένα υπέρλαμπρο φως. Αμέσως, είδα μπροστά μου την Υπεραγία Θεοτόκο. Κρατούσε και έτεινε προς εμένα ένα μπουκάλι νερό το οποίο και μου έδωσε. Όσο έπινα το νερό, η λάμψη και η Θεοτόκος εξαφανίστηκαν».

«Το επόμενο πρωί», συνεχίζει, «ξαφνικά επανήλθα από το κώμα, έχοντας απολέσει τις αισθήσεις μου για πολύ ώρα». Η Nguyen επιβίωσε και άρχισε να προσεύχεται στον Κύριο Ιησού Χριστό και την Παναγία Μητέρα Του για ταχεία ανάρρωση και αποφάσισε ότι θα γίνει Χριστιανή, μόλις επιστρέψει στο σπίτι.

«Λίγες ημέρες αργότερα, είδα ένα ακόμη όραμα, με έναν άνδρα ο οποίος με οδήγησε στην Εκκλησία όπου έφαγα άρτο και ήπια Αγιασμό μαζί με όλους. Στην συνέχεια, περπάτησα γύρω γύρω την εκκλησία.»

Όταν πήρε εξιτήριο και επέστρεψε σπίτι της, δέχθηκε επίσκεψη από έναν φίλο της, ο οποίος της έφερε μια Εικόνα της Παναγίας με τον Χριστό. «Ήμουν πάρα πολύ χαρούμενη γιατί η μορφή της Παναγίας στην Εικόνα ήταν ίδια με την Θεοτόκο, όπως την είδα στο όνειρό μου. Εκδήλωσα τη χαρά μου στο φίλο μου και του είπα το όνειρό μου. Εκείνος με οδήγησε σε μια Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, όπου προσεύχονταν οι Ρώσοι, στην 5η συνοικία της πόλης Vũng Tàu, για να συναντήσω τον Κύριο και την Υπεραγία Θεοτόκο.»

Η γυναίκα αργότερα βαπτίσθηκε στην ίδια εκκλησία και γεννήθηκε εκ νέου υπό την προστασία της Πλατυτέρας Θεοτόκου και την ευλογία του Κυρίου.

«Είμαι πανευτυχής!» λέει, συνεχίζοντας «ευχαριστώ Θεέ μου, ευχαριστώ Παναγία μου, για αυτήν την δεύτερη γέννηση και το μέγα δώρο να βρω την Πηγή της Ζωής!»

Ο π. Γεώργιος αναφέρει ότι πριν από την βάπτιση έσπασε το πόδι της, αλλά αυτό δεν την εμπόδισε καθόλου. Βαπτίστηκε και ονομάστηκε Άννα και τώρα διαβάζει προσευχές στα βιετναμέζικα στις Ιερές Ακολουθίες!



The Mother of God Appears to Vietnamese Woman in Coma, who then Converts to Orthodoxy




Ορθόδοξα Ιστολόγια

Answering Main Street Canada





Answering Main Street Canada



Answering Main Street Canada


We offer you an article written by Fr. Geoffrey Korz, Managing Editor of Orthodox Canada and the Dean of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton ON, Canada.

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of dining in Toronto’s “Greek Town” with a sister in Christ, a Greek grandmother who had been around the Church all her life, and who was a true realist. As we walked through the warm summer streets, surrounded by mobs of young people – many of them Greek, and presumably Orthodox Christians – my friend let out an audible exclamation.

“Look at them, Father – they don’t even know what an Orthodox priest is! Why aren’t they at Church?! They should be ashamed of themselves!”

Of course hearing this, all these young people heard the voice of their own yia-yia, or grandmother, confronting them with their own lack of piety, spiritual observance, and Continue reading “Answering Main Street Canada”

Οι “τελειωμένοι” θα μας σπρώξουν στον Παράδεισο



Οι “τελειωμένοι” θα μας σπρώξουν στον Παράδεισο

Περπατούσα στην παράλια της Θεσσαλονίκης απόγευμα προς βράδυ, όταν ένας τοξικομανής με πλησίασε.

Δε μου ζήτησε λεφτά, άλλα με ρώτησε αν μπορούσα να του αγοράσω μια ροκά (καλαμπόκι) που έψηνε κάποιος πιο κάτω σε ένα μικρο πάγκο που είχε στήσει.
Τον ρώτησα αν ήθελε και κάτι άλλο. Μου είπε ότι ήθελε να πάω να του την αγοράσω εγώ επειδή χρωστούσε στον καλαμποκά και ίσως να μη του έδινε!
Πήγα και αφού του την έφερα, με ρώτησε αν μπορώ να κάτσω λίγο μαζί του η αν ντρέπομαι! Του απάντησα ότι θα ντραπώ, αν δεν κάτσω.

Τότε μου είπε το εξής εκπληκτικό!

Φίλε, μακριά από το Χριστό έτσι καταντάς! Όμως προσπαθώ εδώ και καιρό να κόψω τα ναρκωτικά για να μην Τον στεναχωρώ!

Δεν ξέρω αν θα τα καταφέρω, αλλά επειδή μάλλον δε θα ζήσω πολύ, θέλω όταν θα πάω μπροστά Του να έχω να του δείξω τον αγώνα μου μήπως και με λυπηθεί!

Ήμασταν κάπου κοντά στο ύψος του Ι. Ναού Κυρίλλου και Μεθοδίου.
Μου λέει… πάω κάθε πρωί απέναντι και με κοιτούν όλοι καλά καλά επειδή νομίζουν ότι θέλω λεφτά. Όμως εγώ πηγαίνω μπροστά στην εικόνα για να ζητήσω βοήθεια να κόψω τα ναρκωτικά. Δεν ανάβω κερί επειδή δεν έχω λεφτά να πάρω! (ΦΙΛΟΤΙΜΟ)

Και κάθε βράδυ πάλι πηγαίνω και λέω… δεν τα κατάφερα συγγνώμη! Ή λέω … σήμερα κάπως το πάλεψα ευχαριστώ!

Έζησα στα λόγια αυτού του ανθρώπου στιγμές από τα συναξάρια!

Του έδωσα κάτι λεφτά και του είπα από αύριο να πηγαίνει στην εκκλησία και να παίρνει κερί αλλά να προσεύχεται και για τη δικιά μου ψυχή. Με διαβεβαίωσε ότι τα λεφτά δε θα τα χαλάσει και ότι θα τα δώσει όλα μαζεμένα εκεί για να μην μπαίνει στον πειρασμό και τα ξοδέψει, και κάθε μέρα θα παίρνει 2 κεριά.

Του λέω με λένε Νίκο. Μου είπε ότι δεν είναι δύσκολο να με θυμάται αφού κανείς δεν κάθεται μαζί του και έτσι δεν έχει φίλους και γνωστούς.

Δε ρώτησα πολλά γι αυτόν. Δεν ήθελα να νιώσει ότι παραβιάζω την παράξενη ζωή του με την αδιακρισία μου.

Την ώρα που έφευγα, μου είπε ότι χάρηκε που έκατσα μαζί του και ότι του έκανε καλό η παρέα.Τώρα εσείς που διαβάζεται αυτό κείμενο καταλαβαίνετε καλά ποιος από τους δυο ωφελήθηκε!

Πριν τη συνάντηση μου με αυτόν τον άνθρωπο, είχα σκέψεις ότι όλη μου η ζωή είναι ένα ζόρι και ότι όλο δυσκολίες αντιμετωπίζω.

Πάνω που πήγαινε να με πάρει από κάτω, ήρθε στο δρόμο μου αυτή η ψυχή.

Πως μετά να μην πω ότι Θεός μας αγαπάει; Πως;

Πολύ μας αγαπάει…

Εν τω μεταξύ μάλλον από σήμερα και για λίγες τουλάχιστον ημέρες, ένας τοξικομανής προσεύχεται και για μένα!

Να δείτε που οι άνθρωποι του περιθωρίου και οι ”τελειωμένοι” θα μας σπρώξουν στον Παράδεισο!

Κύριος φωτισμός μου!

Ευχαριστώ για όλα παράξενε φίλε.

Νικος Β.



Ενοριακή Νεανική Εστία Ιερού Ναού Αγίου Στυλιανού Γκύζη

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