Chinese Man Travels Thousands of Miles to be Baptized

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Chinese Man Travels Thousands of Miles to be Baptized

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Chinese Man Travels Thousands of Miles to be Baptized

Another adult Baptism recently took place on the banks of the Haliacmon River, the longest river contained entirely in Greece, flowing 185 miles through the Greek regions of West Macedonia and Central Macedonia, reports Romfea.

This time the new convert traveled thousands of miles from far away China to be baptized at the humble Monastery of the Virgin Kallipetras, in Veria, in northern Greece. The monastery is a male coenobium, dating back to at least 1100 AD. The name of the monastery is connected with a huge rocky column nearby, known as “Kallipetra.” St. Gregory Palamas is among the many saints who have lived and struggled there.

The former Su, now Constantine, received the gifts of the Holy Spirit with exemplary devotion, fasting, and prayer, on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The Baptism was celebrated by the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Palamas, reports inveria.gr.

Three members of his family traveled to Greece together with him.

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100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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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.

中華基督正教會在大陸走向自治 – The Eastern Orthodox Church of China is moving towards autonomy on the mainland ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese

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中華基督正教會在大陸走向自治

The Eastern Orthodox Church of China is moving

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俄羅斯神聖主教議會在一九四五年十二月二十七日的第三十一號決議中聲明:自一九四五年十月二十六日起,哈爾濱教區的教會聖統——包括總主教,主教,修士大司祭,朝鮮傳教團的首腦,各級神職人員以及平信徒——應當歸屬俄羅斯正教會。中國和朝鮮被組建為一個完整的跨國都主教轄區,命名為“哈爾濱及東亞都主教區”。奈斯多爾總主教被任命為這個都主教區的臨時監管。在一九四六年六月十一日的第六百六十四號牧首​​敕令中,這個都主教區被東亞督主教區(這是一個聯合了數個教區,並享有某些特定的自治權的轄區)所取代。奈斯多爾總主教被指派為牧首的特派督察(督主教),並被提升為哈爾濱及全滿洲都主教。俄羅斯傳教團則直屬於莫斯科牧首區聖統管轄。

一九四六年十月二十二日,神聖主教議會決定任命北京總主教維克多·斯維亞金為俄羅斯中國傳道團的首腦,並飭令在教區事務上,他應當歸屬於督主教區聖統管轄,在傳教事務上則應服從督主 Continue reading “中華基督正教會在大陸走向自治 – The Eastern Orthodox Church of China is moving towards autonomy on the mainland ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Chinese”

“I was amazed by the holiness of Christians” – Interview with Anton Gotman, former Buddhist, Russia

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“I was amazed by the holiness of Christians”

Interview with Anton Gotman, former Buddhist

Priest George Maximov, Anton Gotman

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We continue to publish the texts of Spas TV program My Path to God, where Priest George Maximov interviews people who converted to Orthodoxy. The guest of today’s program is Anton Gotman, who had been practicing Buddhism for a long time. In this interview, he will tell us what he was looking for but couldn’t find in Buddhism and how Christ touched his heart. We will also discuss the personal and impersonal aspects of faith as well as the artificiality of “Russian Buddhism”.

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Priest George Maximov: Hello, you are watching My Path To God. The guest of today’s program is Anton Gotman, a man who has a firsthand knowledge of the Buddhist tradition. Anton Sergeyevich, here’s my first question: What did you think of God before you became a Buddhist?

Anton Gotman: I didn’t have a true faith in God. I was baptized when I was eight. Occasionally, I would go to church with my parents. Basically, they were believers, but I didn’t see any purpose behind their faith. Every now and then I’d come across some books but that was it… I didn’t have an in-depth understanding of the Christian tradition. Once in a while I’d go to church and meet the priest. I really liked him as a person, but I didn’t appreciate Christianity. Later, I got interested in rock music and martial arts and started to distance myself from religion, so that at some point I even began to think that Christianity was an utter nonsense. After a while, when I got into college, I got interested in the Orient. I tried to study the Roerichs’1 teachings, but they didn’t impress me at all and neither did other theosophical ideas. Then a difficult period of my life followed, and I was very depressed. By chance, I came across a Soviet book on religious studies that described Buddhism, and it became an eye opener for me. I learned about “the four noble truths”2 and became interested, so I started studying Buddhism with some people who practiced it. After a while, I decided that I wanted to be taught by a teacher of the true Buddhist tradition.

Father George: What did you find attractive in Buddhism?

Anton Gotman: I did not believe in God, and for people who do not believe in God but wish to live righteous lives or have something spiritual in their lives, Buddhism can show a certain way. In fact, Buddha taught many things that were right. For example, just like Christianity, Buddhism teaches that we must not kill. On the one hand, it is the same, but there is a significant difference. We can’t say that Buddhists follow God’s commandment, “Thou shall not kill”, because it is not God’s commandment for them. You can say that people follow God’s commandments only when they believe in God.

Father George: Yes, motivation is important.

—I saw Buddhism as an opportunity for developing certain qualities. My interest in martial arts was an influence too.—(Anton Gotman)

Anton Gotman: Even though there is no faith in God in Buddhism, it offers a certain spiritual way and a system of meditation that at some point attracts people and allows them to relax and experience certain positive feelings. In Tibetan Buddhism, where I was a member of the community of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, everything was much more interesting, with more mystic experiences and opportunities to do yoga, etc… I’ll try not to overuse the Continue reading ““I was amazed by the holiness of Christians” – Interview with Anton Gotman, former Buddhist, Russia”

Philippines, 2012: Thousand families became Orthodox Christians

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Philippines, 2012:

Thousand families became Orthodox Christians

In December 2011, one of our Orthodox priests in Manila called His Eminence to report that he had been in contact with three different groups and some individual leaders who had all come to the conclusion that they would like to join the Orthodox Church (Antiochian Patriarchate). The Archdiocese began communications with these groups. We learnt that the larger group, consisting of some seven thousand families, knew much about Orthodoxy and that their leaders were very proud to call themselves “orthodox” with a small o.

On Saturday, January 28, His Eminence travelled to the Philippines to visit his parishes and to meet with the new groups. On Tuesday, January 31, His Eminence and seven clergymen of the two larger groups met and discussed their teachings over three full days. At the conclusion of this meeting His Eminence welcomed them to the Antiochian Orthodox Church and promised to bring some of their clergy to Sydney for training and ordination, to be followed by a trip to the Philippines by His Eminence to train and ordain the other leaders.

The groups are the “Apostolic Catholic Church”, with seven thousand families; the “Missionary Society of St. Paul”, with two thousand families; a minister with one hundred families; a bishop with a thousand families; and a leader with a large group of social workers who work with the homeless and poor.

During his visit to the Philippines, His Eminence and three of the new ministers who are already involved as hospital chaplains visited a government hospital that serves 250 poor children. They asked that the hospital directors assign one of our clergymen as a chaplain, which the directors agreed to do. The Continue reading “Philippines, 2012: Thousand families became Orthodox Christians”

Philippines, 2007: The conversion of the leaders of two separate Protestant Christian groups to Orthodox Christian Church

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Philippines, 2007: The conversion of the leaders

of two separate Protestant Christian groups

to Orthodox Christian Church

In 2007 the leaders of two separate Protestant Christian groups in the Philippines contacted His Eminence Paul in Sydney (Antiochian Patriarchate), asking to join the Orthodox Church.

Many long and fruitful discussions were held between His Eminence and the two leaders, which culminated with His Eminence inviting them to Sydney for further face-to-face discussions.

They arrived in May 2007, where they stayed as guests of His Eminence for three weeks. The teachings of the groups were considered and they also learned about Orthodoxy.

At the end of the three weeks, both leaders stood and declared:

“We accept what the Orthodox Church accepts and refuse what She refuses.”

His Eminence answered them, “Welcome home,” the phrase with which Archbishop Philip (Antiochian Patriarchate) welcomed the converts.

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