Φιλί προδοσίας και φιλί μετανοίας – Ἄγις Φλογέρας – Ποίημα

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Φιλί προδοσίας και φιλί μετανοίας

Ἄγις Φλογέρας

«Ὁ μαθητής Τόν πρόδωσε μ᾽ ἕνα φιλί δολίως
κι ἡ πόρνη Τόν ἐφίλησε στά πόδια Του κρυφίως.
Ὁ πρῶτος ἐτσακίστηκε γιά πράξι ἀσεβείας
κι ἡ ἄλλη δικαιώθηκε μέ δάκρυα μετανοίας».

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100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church – Twenty-somethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Twenty-somethings captivated by Orthodoxy

By

Andrea Goodell

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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.

Φεβρουάριος 2019: Δύο χιλιάδες Προτεστάντες και πάνω από 50 Πάστορες βαπτίζονται Ορθόδοξοι στην Ινδία

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Φεβρουάριος 2019: Δύο χιλιάδες Προτεστάντες και πάνω από 50 Πάστορες βαπτίζονται Ορθόδοξοι στην Ινδία

Με την ευλογία του Μητροπολίτη Βολοκολάμσκ Ιλαρίωνα, Ρώσοι Ορθόδοξοι κληρικοί από την Αμερική, τον Καναδά και τη Ρωσία βρίσκονται στην Ινδία και έχουν ξεκινήσει τη διαδικασία βαπτίσματος 2.000 Προτεσταντών στην Ορθοδοξία, συμπεριλαμβανομένων περίπου 50-100 πρώην Προτεσταντών Παστόρων. Με συνεχή κατήχηση στους ντόπιους υπολογίζεται ότι σύντομα στην Ινδία περισσότεροι από 100.000 άνθρωποι θα ασπαστούν την Ορθοδοξία. Η ομάδα αποστολής διευθύνεται από τον Αμερικανό π. Αθανάσιο Kone (ROCOR) και τον πατέρα Γεώργιο Μαξιμόφ του Πατριαρχείου Μόσχας.

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The Mane Man – An Interview with Troy Polamalu of Pittsburg Steelers Team, Samoa & USA – Journey to Orthodoxy

An Interview with Troy Polamalu

The Mane Man

By

Gina Mazza

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Football is a given: How was this year’s Super Bowl experience versus XL? Tomlin versus Cowher? Goals for the coming season?

Fatherhood is new in Polamalu’s life since the birth of his son, Paisios, named after a beloved contemporary Greek Orthodox monastic, Elder Paisios, on Oct. 31, 2008. Has daddy-dom been life-changing? Will he encourage his son to play professional sports? How’s that beautiful new mom doing?

And last but not least: Faith. In order to properly meet Polamalu where he lives, this is the requisite, the grounding force that gives meaning to everything he does, every play he makes. Polamalu’s evident gratitude to the one who made him is marbled throughout our talk – from his training regime to his travels to Mount Athos, a monastic site in Greece, a place he calls “heaven on earth.”

While he has a reputation for being one of the NFL’s fiercest players, Polamalu would prefer “Tasmanian angel” over “Tasmanian devil” because his ball game is about glorifying God. “Football is part of my life but not life itself,” he says. “Football doesn’t define me. It’s what I do [and] how I carry out my faith.”

Whether shooting a Coke Zero commercial or running up the sand hills on Manhattan Beach to train – which he’s probably off to do after this interview – Polamalu, 27, is refreshingly modest and introspective, choosing his words as precisely as he picks his spots on the gridiron. He’s intense when the Continue reading “The Mane Man – An Interview with Troy Polamalu of Pittsburg Steelers Team, Samoa & USA – Journey to Orthodoxy”

February 2019: Over a 50 Protestant Pastors, and 2,000 others Converting to Orthodoxy in India

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February 2019: Over a 50 Protestant Pastors,

and 2,000 others Converting to Orthodoxy in India

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With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Russian Orthodox clergy and nuns from America, Canada and Russia are in India, and have begun the process of baptizing 2,000 people into Orthodoxy, including over 50-100 former Protestant Pastors.

For the past several months, extensive catechism has been taught to the local people.

This is the beginning of reception of over 100,000 people into the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Mission Team is being led by Fr. Athanasius Kone (ROCOR) and Fr. George Maximov of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Ο κεκοιμημένος Ιεραπόστολος παπα-Κοσμάς Γρηγοριάτης του Κονγκό (+1989) οδηγεί με θαυμαστό τρόπο μία Αφρικανή από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

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Ο κεκοιμημένος Ιεραπόστολος παπα-Κοσμάς Γρηγοριάτης του Κονγκό (+1989) οδηγεί με θαυμαστό τρόπο μία Αφρικανή από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

Διηγείται ο Μοναχός Δαμασκηνός Γρηγοριάτης ένα περιστατικό επιστροφής από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμού στην Ορθοδοξία, μετά από θαυματουργική εμφάνιση του κεκοιμημένου Μαρτυρικού Ιεραποστόλου του Κονγκό παπα-Κοσμά Γρηγοριάτη (+1989):

«Τον Μάιο του 1999, κάποια Κυριακή, ήρθε στην εκκλησία μας μία άγνωστη κοπέλα. Μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία η μοναχή Θέκλα μού είπε να μιλήσω μαζί της. Την ρώτησα τι θέλει και μού είπε:

—Ζητώ να με χρίσετε.

—Γιατί, δεν σέ έχουν χρίσει, όταν βαπτίστηκες;

—Πάτερ, εγώ ήμουν πνευματικό παιδί του παπα-Κοσμά. Ἐκείνος με βάπτισε, λίγα χρόνια πριν απ᾽ το θάνατό του. Παρασύρθηκα όμως από πλάνες που διαδίδονται ότι η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία είναι τό ίδιο με την Ρωμαιοκαθολική και επέστρεψα στους Ρωμαιοκαθολικούς. Εδώ και ένα μήνα είδα τον παπα-Κοσμά στον ύπνο μου δύο φορές και με παράπονο με μάλωσε λέγοντας: “Γιατί εγκατέλειψες την Εκκλησία μας; Εγώ δεν σε δίδαξα, δεν σε κατήχησα; Γρήγορα να πας στην Ιεραποστολή και να ζητήσεις να χριστείς και ν᾽ αφήσεις για πάντα τις άλλες ‘Εκκλησίες'”.

Την συμβούλεψα να συναντηθεί με τον π. Μελέτιο, για να κρίνει εκείνος πότε θα τις δώσει το Ιερό Χρίσμα».

Από το βιβλίο: Μοναχός Δαμασκηνός Γρηγοριάτης, Ἕνας Ἄγγελος στήν Λαβωμένη Γῆ, ἐκδ. Ἱεραποστολικός Σύνδεσμος “Ἅγ. Κοσμᾶς ὁ Αἰτωλός”, Θεσ/νίκη 2018