“With My Own Eyes”: Stories of Faith From Communist Prison in Romania

With My Own Eyes A Lutheran Pastor’s Firsthand Account of Prison Life by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand   I am a Christian from an Orthodox country—the country of Romania. Having been in prison for fourteen years for my faith, it is now my missionary work to help persecuted Christians in Communist countries. I would like to […]

What is the Meaning and Promise of Repentance (YouTube Audio)

The following talk was given by Jodi Haley of the Orthodox Reading Room in Beaverton, Oregon during Great Lent 2015.  Using the story of the life of St. Mary of Egypt, Jodi provides an excellent description of the meaning of repentance in the Orthodox Christian tradition juxtaposed with what has become the western Christian understanding.

5 reasons why young people are seeking old ways of doing church

From the Free Republic website: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3279461/posts March 31, 2015 | Kathleen and Kevin-Neil Ward   When I was young, there was nothing worse for a church than to be “traditional”. We stripped back the liturgy, swapped the organ for a drum-kit, and replaced the hymnals with Hillsong. We unceremoniously dumped the icons, architecture and rituals […]

A Summary of the Services of Holy Week in the Orthodox Church

Summary of Holy Week Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday: Great Lent technically ends this evening with the Small Compline and Canon of St. Lazarus and, while keeping the Fast, we moving into a little different mode.  The Saturday Divine Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday is a very festal occasion as it commemorates our Lord’s raising of […]

Is the Form of Worship Important?

The following is a response to an assertion that is often heard in our day. Statement: “Form of worship is not important, just our desire for God’s presence.”  Response: Forgive me my friend, but I am concerned that this statement is misleading.  No question that love and desire for the Lord’s presence is paramount.  No […]

Blessing (and swimming) the Columbia River – Video!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii0oYc0l2Fs&feature=youtu.be Each year, on January 5th & 6th, Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast of Theophany (“Manifestation of God), also called Epiphany (Manifestation).  The Feast, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ, comes after the celebration of His birth and can be understood as the beginning of Christ’s manifestation to the world as God’s Only-begotten Son, […]

Justification By Faith: Quotes from the Early Church Fathers on

For what reason was our father Abraham blessed?  Was it not because he worked righteousness and truth through faith? St. Clement of Rome (30-96AD), 1.13. (according to early church historians he was disciple of St. Paul, and is the Clement mentioned in Phil. 4:3, his Epistle was considered as Scripture by many in the early […]

Marriage: The Great Sacrament by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, Mount Athos

Nobody would dispute that the most important day in a person’s life, after his birth and baptism, is that of his marriage. It is no surprise, then, that the aim of contemporary worldly and institutional upheavals is precisely to crush the most honorable and sacred mystery of marriage. For many people, marriage is an opportunity […]

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov

St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov  A Wonderful Revelation to the World From: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/wonderful.aspx This revelation is undoubtedly of world-wide significance. True, there is nothing essentially new in it, for the full revelation was given to the Apostles from the very day of Pentecost. But now that people have forgotten the fundamental truths […]

Through the Eastern Gate: from Tibetan Buddhism to Orthodox Christianity — Nilus Stryker

              Through The Eastern Gate

   By Nilus Stryker
    I had been a Buddhist for ten years. I was ordained after seven years of study with my teacher in a small family line of the Nyingma Lineage of Vajarayana (Tibetan ) Buddhism. I had a Spiritual Master in […]