Recovering the Ancient Paths – Dennis L. Corrigan, USA

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Recovering the Ancient Paths

by Dennis L. Corrigan, USA

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

“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”

Video – Riverside, California, USA: Fisher of men – Winning converts to the Orthodox Faith

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My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy – Patrick Keenan, North Dakota, USA

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My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy

by Patrick Keenan, North Dakota, USA

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My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

My parents brought me to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church for Baptism as an infant. Somehow, someway a grace entered my life that has resided as long as I can remember. The quest as to who He is and how I should know him has been a lifelong pursuit.

It was an evening in 1966. Our modest North Dakota apartment housed my Mother, Father and myself. Dad was at the family Drive-In. Mom and I decided to watch NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. It was a Rock Hudson Movie called ‘The Spiral Road’. Rock’s character was an Atheist Doctor in a south pacific Island who had fallen in love with a Christian nurse. She asked Rock why he didn’t believe in God, to which he replied something like:

‘because at one point I challenged God to show himself to me. I told God ‘If you are there- strike me down!’ He did nothing and that is why I do not believe.’

Well the next day, of course, was Sunday morning. Our Redeemer’s was a large Church with a huge wooden cross hanging on a rock wall behind the pulpit. As I recall, the Continue reading “My Journey Through Lutheranism and Calvary Chapel to Orthodoxy – Patrick Keenan, North Dakota, USA”

Vietnam, 2017: The Mother of God appears to Vietnamese woman in coma, who then converts to Orthodoxy

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HOLY VIRGIN MARY

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Vietnam, 2017:

The Mother of God appears to Vietnamese woman in coma,

who then converts to Orthodoxy

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

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Fr. George Maximov, a Moscow priest who often serves on missionary trips throughout Asia, has posted on his Facebook page the words of a Vietnamese woman who converted to Orthodoxy after the Mother of God appeared to her.

The woman, Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, a former Buddhist living and working in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, was baptized into Holy Orthodoxy on Holy Saturday this year [2017].

She writes of “something incredible” happening in her life about a year ago: “I was lying in a coma in the hospital. During this time I saw a radiance, a bright light, and directly in front of me appeared the Virgin Mary Theotokos. She handed me a bottle of water and gave me to drink. As soon as I drank the water, the light and the Theotokos disappeared.”

“In the morning the next day,” she continues, “I suddenly came out of the coma after being unconscious for so long.” Nguyen survived, and she began to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother for a speedy recovery, and decided she would become a Christian when she returned home.

“A few days later, another vision appeared to me in a dream, that there would be a man who would lead me to the Church, and that I would eat Bread there and drink Holy Water together with everyone, and walk around the church,” she continues.

After she was released and returned home, a friend came to her, bearing an icon of the Mother of God with the Savior. “I was incredibly happy, because it was the same image I had seen in my dream. I was very happy, and I told my friend about what I had seen in the dream, and he took me to an Orthodox Church where Russians pray in the 5th district of the city of Vũng Tàu, to meet the Lord and the Theotokos there,” Nguyen recalls.

The woman was later baptized in the same church and “born again under the protection of the Most-Holy Theotokos and by the grace of the Lord.”

“I am infinitely happy!” she exclaims, continuing, “Thanks to Thee, O Lord and to thee, O Theotokos, for my ‘second birth’ and the gift of the Fountain of Life!”

Fr. George notes that she broke her leg just before her Baptism, but this did not deter her. She was baptized with the name of Anna, and now reads prayers in the Vietnamese language during the services.

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Περιστατικά απ᾽τη ζωή του Μαρτυρικού

& Αγιασμένου π. Κοσμά Γρηγοριάτη Ισαποστόλου του Κονγκό (+1989)

Η αξιόπιστη μαρτυρία μίας γυναίκας από την Σερβία που ήθελε νά γίνει Προτεστάντισσα

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ΑΓΙΟΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ο ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΣ

Η αξιόπιστη μαρτυρία μίας γυναίκας από την Σερβία

που ήθελε νά γίνει Προτεστάντισσα

Μᾶς ἀναφέρει ὁ Ἅγιος Νικόλαος Βελιμίροβιτς ὁ “Χρυσόστομος της Σερβίας” (+1956):

«Τήν ἱστορία, πού θά διαβάσετε μᾶς τήν διηγήθηκε μία γυναῖκα ἀπ᾽ τό χωριό Ζάμπαλ, στήν Μπάτσκα τῆς Σερβίας. Αὐτή ἡ γυναῖκα προσευχόταν καί πήγαινε τακτικά στή Θ. Λειτουργία, κρατώντας σταθερά τήν Ὀρθόδοξη Πίστη.

Μία μέρα ἦρθε σέ αὐτή κάποιος αἰρετικός, πού πουλοῦσε αἱρετικά βιβλία. Ξεκίνησε νά τῆς μιλάη καί νά τῆς λέη ὅτι ἡ αἵρεσί του εἶναι ἡ πιό σωστή στόν κόσμο. Τήν κάλεσε νά ἔρθη σέ αὐτούς, στή συνάντησί τους, γιά νά ἀκούση καί νά μάθη περισσότερα. Ἡ γυναῖκα, ἔχοντας ἀπορίες γιά τήν πίστι της, ἀποφάσισε νά πάη στή συνάντησι τῶν αἱρετικῶν, τό ἑπόμενο Σαββάτο.

Ὅταν ἔφτασε Παρασκευή, πρίν νά πάη γιά ὕπνο στάθηκε μπροστά στήν εἰκόνα τοῦ Σωτήρα καί προσευχήθηκε μέ τόν ἑξῆς τρόπο: “Κύριε, Σέ ἐσένα παραδίνω τόν ἑαυτό μου, Ἐσύ ὁδήγησέ με στό δρόμο τῆς σωτηρίας”.

Τήν ἴδια νύκτα στόν ὕπνο της εἶδε ἕνα παράξενο ὄνειρο: Εἶδε Μάρτυρες τοῦ Χριστοῦ νά πεθαίνουν γιά τήν πίστι τους. Κάποιους νά τούς σκοτώνουν μέ σπαθί, ἄλλους νά τούς καῖνε στή φλόγα, καί ἄλλους νά τούς ξεσχίζουν σέ κομμάτια τά ἄγρια ζῶα. Εἶδε καί κάποιους ἄλλους νά τούς σταυρώνουν… Στά ξαφνικά ἡ γυναῖκα εἶδε ἕνα κεφάλι κομμένο νά κυλάη πρός τό μέρος της. Τῆς ἦρθε τότε ἡ σκέψι ὅτι αὐτό τό κεφάλι ἦταν τό κεφάλι τοῦ Τιμίου Προδρόμου καί ἄρχισε νά συνομιλῆ μέ αὐτό.

Τό κεφάλι τῆς εἶπε: “Βλέπεις τί ἔζησαν αὐτοί οἱ ἄνθρωποι γιά τήν ἀληθινή Πίστι; Ἐσύ τώρα ἐγκαταλείπεις τήν Πίστι σου καί ψάχνεις ἄλλη;”.

Ἡ γυναῖκα ξύπνησε πολύ φοβισμένη. Ἀπό τότε δυνάμωσε πολύ περισσότερο ἡ πίστι της στήν Ὀρθοδοξία καί πῆγε ποτέ στήν συνάντησι τῶν αἱρετικῶν».

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Deep Roots In Fresh Soil – Orthodox Christianity Comes To Erie, Colorado, USA

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Deep Roots In Fresh Soil

Orthodox Christianity comes to Erie, Colorado, USA

250-member St. Luke grew from tiny Lafayette church established nearly two decades ago

By John Aguilar

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http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2011/02/deep-roots-in-fresh-soil/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

The building is brand-new, the land never before scraped, but the site in Erie where St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church now sits has roots going back nearly two millennia.

A vivid, larger than life-size image of the Virgin Mary, accompanied by a young Jesus, stretches her arms out above the altar. The Messiah — surrounded by painted prophets — gazes down from the dome inside the church’s temple, which is adorned with Byzantine arches and columns.

There’s no organ here — all music is chanted or sung a cappella. There are no statues — warm-hued iconography is the rule.

Standing inside St. Luke evokes a different time, a different era.

”It’s the one that was established by the Lord and the apostles,” said the Rev. David Mustian, pastor at St. Luke. ”When people look at the Orthodox Church, it feels new to them, but when they start digging, they see it has old Continue reading “Deep Roots In Fresh Soil – Orthodox Christianity Comes To Erie, Colorado, USA”