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04/19/2018 02:55 PM
First Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Al-Zabadani in Six Years

Good News is our business! The first Divine services in six years were recently celebrated in the Church of the Dormition in the town of Al-Zabadani. Peace has begun to reign to the west of Damascus following the military operation that forced terrorists to leave the Wadi Barada valley. The restoration of a peaceful way […]

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04/18/2018 08:48 PM
From 30 years Mormon to Forever Orthodox

by Isaac Bell I was raised Mormon, as was Rachel, my wife. Early in our marriage we had a stillborn son. Our bishop called us into his office to tell us that God had not yet revealed the point at which a fetus becomes alive and the church therefore does not consider our son to […]

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04/17/2018 01:44 PM
The Orthodox Church Strikes Back

Relentless Resurrection. When the Orthodox Church ‘strikes back’, it does so relentlessly, and with resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ. Christ is Risen! ?

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04/13/2018 02:52 PM
Orthodox Church in Harbin, China Reopens as an Orthodox Church

An Eastern Orthodox Church reopened for worship on Saturday in Harbin, the icy city in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province about 600 kilometers from the Russian border. For Orthodox Christmas in January, worshippers had borrowed a nearby Catholic church. But on Saturday, a congregation of about 100 flocked to the Protection (Pokrov) of the Theotokos Church to worship […]

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04/12/2018 11:33 PM
Filipinos Build Church in 3 Weeks to Celebrate Pascha

Photo: pravoslavie.ru The zeal of Filipino Orthodox was seen at Pascha this year, as the community of St. Vincent of Lerins on the island of Mindanao celebrated the bright Resurrection of Christ in a church they had built with their own hands in just three weeks. The holy Paschal services were celebrated in the community […]

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04/04/2018 04:58 PM
Church to be Built in Siberian Cradle of Orthodoxy Where Mass Baptism of 120 Recently Celebrated

Yessey, the northernmost village of the Evenkia District in Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2,140 miles northwest of Moscow, was traditionally known as the “cradle of Orthodoxy” among the indigenous peoples of the north, after local Yakuts and Evenks adopted Orthodoxy in 1852. One of the first churches in Evenkia was built in Essey, although it ceased functioning […]

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03/26/2018 10:53 AM
Chinese Orthodox Receive State Approval to Prepare for Ministry in Russian Seminaries

Orthodox students from the People’s Republic of China can now begin to prepare for their future ministries in China in the theological schools of the Russian Orthodox Church. Agreement on the issue came as a result of the sixth session of the Russian-Chinese working group on contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere held in […]

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03/12/2018 01:49 PM
Off the Side Roads onto the Illumined Path

by Michael Fiocca The Way We Are Meant to Be “The person who loves God values knowledge of God more than anything created by God, and pursues such knowledge ardently and ceaselessly.” -Saint Maximos the Confessor When we speak of something as being generic, it often stirs up thoughts of a product being “mediocre” or […]

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03/08/2018 05:32 PM
Gentlemen: Orthodox Christianity is Not for Sissies

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey I had a woman parishioner tease me that sometimes I make her feel a little uncomfortable. A couple of the things she mentioned that contributed to her minor anxiety were that I like shooting guns (and have built my own AR15), I love a good dark beer or a straight […]

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03/07/2018 09:54 AM
I was a Catholic Priest: The Story of Fr. John Tanveer

by Fr. John Tanveer I was a Catholic priest. I was waiting for the opportunity to convert to Orthodoxy for fifteen years, and the opportunity to become an Orthodox priest – three more years. The Lord felt my desire. I belonged to the Catholic community and entered the seminary in 1974, and four years later […]

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