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”


π. Jeremy Krieg, Αυστραλία: Απο τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία – Ένας Αυστραλός επιστήμονας γίνεται Ορθόδοξος Ιερέας


π. Jeremy Krieg, Αυστραλία: Απο τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

Ένας Αυστραλός επιστήμονας γίνεται Ορθόδοξος Ιερέας

Ο Jeremy Krieg γεννήθηκε στην Νότια Αυστραλία και είναι ένα από τα τρία παιδιά μιας θρησκευόμενης χριστιανικής οικογένειας με γερμανικές ρίζες. Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο, οι πρόγονοί του μετανάστευσαν στην Αυστραλία γύρω στο 1840 οπότε και ασπάστηκαν τον Λουθηρανισμό.

Όπως αναφέρει το ρεπορτάζ της εφημερίδας της Αυστραλίας “Νέος Κόσμος” «Οι γονείς μου ήταν εκείνοι που πρώτοι δίδαξαν και εμπότισαν σε μένα τον ίδιο, αλλά και στα δύο μου αδέλφια, την αγάπη για το θεό και τη σημασία της χριστιανικής πίστης» εξηγεί σε συνέντευξή του στο «Νέο Κόσμο» ο 40χρονος σήμερα Ελληνορθόδοξος Ιερέας, ο οποίος είναι και πτυχιούχος Ηλεκτρονικής Μηχανολογίας, Φυσικών Επιστημών και Μαθηματικών.

«Όταν ολοκλήρωσα τις σπουδές μου εργάστηκα ως μηχανικός λογισμικού στον τομέα της άμυνας σε μια εταιρία που έφερε την ονομασία Defence Science Technology Organisation και μετέπειτα σε μια εταιρία ηλεκτρονικού διαδικτύου. Στην ηλικία των 28 χρόνων, συνειδητοποίησα ότι, παρά τις όποιες σπουδές μου και Continue reading “π. Jeremy Krieg, Αυστραλία: Απο τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία – Ένας Αυστραλός επιστήμονας γίνεται Ορθόδοξος Ιερέας”

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, 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)