Saint John (Ivan) Smirennikov the Aleut of Alaska (+19th ce.)

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Saint John (Ivan) Smirennikov the Aleut of Alaska (+19th ce.)

This Aleut Orthodox tribal elder was known as a local ‘shaman’ who cured illness and told fishermen where to find large catches, just as shaman had done throughout the Arctic since time immemorial.

St. Innocent arrived at Akun Island on June 12, 1828 (O.S.), on a trip from Unalaska to Unimak Island, some 400 miles to the east. This was nearly four years after St. Innocent had first arrived in Alaska. St. Innocent was surprised to note that the people of the island were waiting for him at the shore, dressed in their finest clothing. The islanders greeted him by name, even before he introduced himself to them. When he asked them why they were waiting for him and how they knew his name, he was told that their shaman had informed them of his coming. St. Innocent thought this strange, but as he went about his work on the island, he put the incident out of his mind. However, as the days progressed, it came to his attention that one of the elders of the island, who had diligently come to services, and had prepared for and received Holy Communion, was unhappy with him. St. Innocent, wishing to avoid all misunderstandings, called to meet the man, known as Ivan Smirennikov.

The meeting took place, and Smirennikov expressed dissatisfaction that St. Innocent hadn’t asked why the islanders called him a shaman, even though the title bothered Smirennikov. As it turns out, Smirennikov had been baptized by Hieromonk Makary, and after his departure, he told St. Innocent, he had continually been visited almost daily for thirty years by two bright figures, who taught him in the ways of the faith. He, in turn, shared this with the rest of the village. These figures would also sometimes tell him things that were going to happen, which is how the islanders knew that St. Innocent would be arriving and his name. St. Innocent was first curious to meet these two, and he asked Smirennikov if he could meet them as well, and while Smirennikov went to ask if this was permissable, St. Innocent thought the better of it, reasoning that there was no way that demons would spend thirty years instructing someone on matters of the Faith. Furthermore, he considered himself unworthy to come into the presence of these spirits, and that Smirennikov had demonstrated enough to him for him alone that he did not need to meet these spirits to believe.

Before leaving Akun, St. Innocent wrote all these things down, and had them attested to, in writing, by Smirennikov and by his translator, a man by the name of Ivan Pankov. Also, he instructed the Akun islanders to no longer call Smirennikov a shaman. He then sent a copy of his experiences and Smirennikov’s testimony to his bishop, Bishop Michael (Byrudov) of Irkutsk. A reply was eventually received; blessing St. Innocent to go and meet the spirits, should they still be appearing to Ivan Smirennikov on St. Innocent’s next visit to Akun. Unfortunately, by the time St. Innocent visited Akun again, the elder Smirennikov had reposed, and the Angels of Akun appeared to no one else.

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Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consolatory

in Brownsburg (Chatham), Quebec, Canada

Holy Monastery of Panagia Parigoritissa
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Geloof is kracht, geen troost – Hellen Keller, VS (blind en doof) ╰⊰¸¸.•* Dutch

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Hellen Keller, VS (blind en doof):

“Geloof is kracht, geen troost”.

Faith is strength, not comfort – Hellen Keller, USA (blind & deaf)

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Hellen Keller, USA (blind and deaf):

“Faith is strength, not comfort”.

Питър Гилкуист, Санта Барбара, Калифорния, САЩ: Завръщане у дома – Защо протестантските пастори стават православни? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Bulgarian

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Завръщане у дома

Защо протестантските пастори стават православни?

Под редакцията на о. Питър Гилкуист

Санта Барбара, Калифорния, САЩ

Питър Гилкуист, Санта Барбара, Калифорния, САЩ: Завръщане у дома – Защо протестантските пастори стават православни? – Bulgarian

Предговор

“Царството небесно прилича още на търговец, който търси хубави бисери, и като намери един скъпоценен бисер, отиде та продаде всичко, що имаше, и го купи”. (Мат. 13:45-46)

Защо протестантските пастори стават православни

Идеята за тази книга се роди на едно от събранията на редакторите на сп. ‘ОТНОВО’- тримесечното издание на Антиохийската Евангелска Православна Мисия. Главният редактор о.Уелдън Хардънбрук, зам. редакторът дякон Рей Зел, и аз нахвърляхме идеи за следващи броеве. Докато разговаряхме, разбрахме, че всички ние бяхме получили многобройни писма и телефонни обаждания от протестантски пастири, желаещи да научат нещо повече за Православието.

Дали това е растяща тенденция, питахме се ние, и ако да, какво се крие зад нея?

Специалният брой

Решихме да планираме специален брой на “ОТНОВО”, за който да поканим представителна група протестантски пастори, наскоро станали православни, да ни разкажат защо са дошли и да отговорят на въпроса “Защо от протестантските богословски училища излизат православни свещеници?”

Когато отговорите започнаха да пристигат, ние осъзнахме колко важна може да е тази тема за читателите ни. Разказите бяха вдъхновяващи, информативни, понякога забавни и често сърцераздирателни. Да видиш как толкова много различни хора, всички всеотдайни пастори и църковни лидери, служили предано в различните си деноминации, разказват как Бог ги е довел в древната Православна Вяра – това беше едно от най-насърчителните начинания, с което някой от нас се беше заемал. Понякога то напомняше за Петдесетница, когато хора с невероятно различно минало се събираха за да се обединят в Църквата, основана на този ден.

Реакцията

“ОТНОВО” едва бе споходил пощенските кутии и читателските писма запристигаха. Това се оказа най-успешният брой на списанието! Обадиха ни се читатели от цялата страна и от чужбина, които като нас бяха неимоверно вдъхновени и насърчени от тези разкази. За броени седмици получихме толкова заявки за още копия и поръчки на едро, че целият ни запас от предишни броеве се изчерпа.

Вместо да препечатваме последния брой, ние решихме да го публикуваме в книга и да прибавим още подобни разкази, излизали в предишни броеве и да съставим няколко нови глави. Макар че сме поразширили перспективата като сме включили разкази не само на възпитаници на богословски Continue reading “Питър Гилкуист, Санта Барбара, Калифорния, САЩ: Завръщане у дома – Защо протестантските пастори стават православни? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Bulgarian”

The explosive growth of Orthodoxy in Guatemala

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AMERICA OF MY HEART

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The explosive growth of Orthodoxy in Guatemala

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Whenever someone speaks of “American Orthodoxy,” there is usually an unspoken understanding that the term refers to North American Orthodoxy: the United States, Canada, and sometimes Mexico. This way of speaking is indeed convenient, considering that the majority of Orthodox parishes in the Western Hemisphere are still located in North America. However, in the past few years a great change has occurred in Latin America that makes it increasingly inaccurate to focus on North America as the western outpost of Orthodoxy. Just two years ago, in 2010, the Orthodox Church received a large group of Guatemalan converts numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Now Guatemala, and possibly all of Latin America, holds tremendous promise of becoming fertile ground for the Orthodox Christian Church.

The seed of Orthodoxy in Guatemala was planted by the nuns of the Hogar Rafael Ayau, an Orthodox orphanage in Guatemala City. Many people are familiar with the incredible work of Mother Inés, Mother Ivonne, and Mother María. In fact, just this year a group of seminarians from St. Vladimir’s Seminary traveled with the seminary Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield to see the work of the nuns and to assist at the orphanage. It is through these nuns that the Guatemalan soil was first prepared for the Orthodox Church.

Now, with the recent chrismation of a new group of Guatemalan converts that numbers between 100,000 and 200,000, the Orthodox Church is ready to blossom in Guatemala. The magnitude of the event cannot be overstated. Almost overnight, Guatemala has become the most Orthodox country in the Western Hemisphere (by percentage of national population). Furthermore, the Orthodox communities in Guatemala continue to grow rapidly and attract attention throughout Guatemala. There is still, however, little information available to the broader Orthodox world on the history and character of these new communities. For this reason, I traveled to Guatemala this summer, spending two months visiting many of the Orthodox parishes, meeting the leaders of the communities, and accompanying the bishop of the Guatemalan Church—His Eminence, Metropolitan Athenagoras—as he made his historic first visit to the new parishes in Guatemala. I returned to the United States with the desire to share what I saw and the conviction that the Holy Spirit is at work with power in Latin America…

Saint Jacob Netsvetov of Alaska (+1865) – The evangelizer of the Yup’ik Eskimo & Athabascan peoples of Alaska

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Saint Jacob Netsvetov of Alaska (+1865)

The evangelizer of the Yup’ik Eskimo & Athabascan peoples of Alaska

July 26

 

Saint Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of Alaska, was a native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest of the Orthodox Church and continued the missionary work of St. Innocent among his and other Alaskan people. His feast day is celebrated on the day of his repose, July 26.

Father Jacob was born in 1802 on Atka Island, part of the Aleutian Island chain in Alaska. His father, Yegor Vasil’evich Netsvetov, was Russian from Tobolsk, Russia, and his mother, Maria Alekscevna, was an Aleut from Atka Island. Jacob was the eldest of four children who survived infancy. The others were Osip (Joseph), Elena, and Antony. Although not well off, Yegor and Maria did all they could to provide for their children and prepare them to live their lives. Osip and Antony were able to study at the St. Petersburg Naval Academy and then were able to become a naval officer and ship builder, respectively. Elena married a respected clerk with the Russian-American Company. Jacob chose a life with the Church and enrolled in the Irkutsk Theological Seminary.

On October 1, 1825, Jacob was tonsured a sub-deacon. He married Anna Simeonovna, a Russian woman perhaps of a Creole background as was he, and then in 1826 he graduated from the seminary with certificates in history and theology. With graduation he was ordained a deacon on October 31, 1826 and assigned to the Holy Trinity-St. Peter Church in Irkutsk. Two years later, Archbishop Michael ordained Jacob to the holy priesthood on March 4, 1828. Archbishop Michael had earlier ordained John Veniaminov (St. Innocent) to the priesthood. With his elevation to the priesthood, Father Jacob began to yearn to return to his native Alaska to preach the Word of God.

Upon departing, Archbishop Michael gave Father Jacob two antimensia, one for use in the new church that Father Jacob planned to build on Atka, and the other for use in Father Jacob’s missionary travels. After a molieben, Father Jacob and his party set off for Alaska on May 1, 1828. The travelers included Father Jacob, Anna his wife, and his father Yegor who had been tonsured reader for the new Atka Church. This journey, which was always hard, took over year to complete, which was completed on June 15, 1829.

Father Jacob’s new parish was a challenge. The Atka “parish” covered most of the islands and land surrounding the Bering Sea: Amchitka, Attu, Copper, Bering, and Kurile Islands. But, he was to meet the challenge as clothed in his Continue reading “Saint Jacob Netsvetov of Alaska (+1865) – The evangelizer of the Yup’ik Eskimo & Athabascan peoples of Alaska”

Native Americans may become the largest ethnic group in the American Orthodox Church

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“NATIVE AMERICANS MAY BECOME

THE LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN THE AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH.”

An interview with His Beatitude Jonah, Archbishop of Washington,

Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Source:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/33241.htm

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In early December of 2009, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada (Orthodox Church of America) visited Russia to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the OCA’s representation in Moscow. Correspondent Miguel Palacio took the opportunity to talk with Metropolitan Jonah about the OCA’s presence in Latin America.

– Your Beatitude, in which Latin America countries is the Orthodox Church in America represented?

– Our jurisdiction extends to Mexico. We used to have parishes in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela as well, but one of them joined the Russian Church Abroad, while others simply closed.

Several communities in Latin America want to join the American Orthodox Church. We would be happy to receive these faithful people, but there would be no one to take care of them because we have very few clergymen who speak Spanish or Portuguese.

One priest, who I hope will soon become a bishop, began a mission in Ecuador, in the city of Guayaquil, where there is a large Palestinian colony. Unfortunately, his good initiative has fizzled out. I have heard that many Continue reading “Native Americans may become the largest ethnic group in the American Orthodox Church”

ケイリー=ヒロユキ・タガワ – 2015年11月に彼は正統派キリスト教の洗礼を受け – 3ビデオ Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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ケイリー=ヒロユキ・タガワ Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

とうほうせいきょうかい、

2015年11月に彼は正統派キリスト教の洗礼を受け

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東方正教会の歴史 – 日本正教会

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生まれは東京都東麻布。父親は米軍に勤務する日系二世、母親は宝塚出身の女優である。両親ともに日本人であるが、5歳でアメリカに移住してアメリカ国籍を持っている。高校生の時から演劇に興味を持ち、南カリフォルニア大学で学んだ。この時、早稲田大学に1年間留学したという。

叔父は歌手の旗照夫、俳優の旗昭二(いずれも母親の弟)、また従弟に中山千彰(テレビプロデューサーで、元ニッポン放送ディレクター)がいる。現在はハワイに住み。

2015年11月に彼は正統派キリスト教の洗礼を受け。

Saint New Martyr Jose Munoz-Cortez from Chile & Canada who martyred in Athens, Greece (+1997) & the miracle Hawaii’s Icon of Holy Virgin Mary ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

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Saint New Martyr Jose Munoz-Cortez

from Chile & Canada who martyred in Athens, Greece (+1997)

& the miracle Hawaii’s Icon of Holy Virgin Mary

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From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

Saint Jose (Joseph) Muñoz-Cortes (a privately tonsure monk Ambrose; 13 May 1948, Santiago, Chile – 30/31 October 1997, Athens, Greece) was an Orthodox clergyman, the keeper of the Iveron Icon of Montreal.

Jose was born in Chile into a pious Roman Catholic family of Spanish descent. He was a boy of twelve when he became acquainted with Archbishop Leontius (Filippovich) and under his influence José was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia two years later, with his mother’s consent.

A talented artist, he secured a job teaching art at the University of Montreal, and began studying iconography. In the summer of 1982, Brother Joseph went to Mount Athos with a particular interest in visiting some sketes and monasteries specializing in icon painting.

At the small skete of the Nativity of Christ, Brother Joseph felt an immediate and strong attraction for an icon of the Mother of God, a contemporary (1981) copy of the ancient and revered Iveron Icon. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, but to his great joy, as he was leaving the skete, Abbot Clement, unexpectedly handed the icon to him, saying that it pleased the Mother of God to go with him to America. Back in Montreal, Brother Joseph began reading an akathist daily before the icon. A few weeks later, on November 25, he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new icon was streaked with myrrh, miraculously emanating from the hands of the Mother of God.

For the next fifteen years, as myrrh continued to flow from the Icon, Brother Joseph devoted himself to its care, accompanying it on numerous trips to parishes all over the United States and Canada, to South America, Australia, and Europe. Brother Joseph was also faithful in fulfilling the countless requests for prayers that he received, daily commemorating scores of people, among whom were several dozen godchildren. Jose was tortured and murdered in an hotel room in Athens, Greece on the night of October 30 or 31st, 1997, and the icon has not been seen since. He had planned to return to Canada the following day to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the appearance of the miraculous myrrh on the icon.

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