Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA: From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

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Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA:

From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

I grew up unchurched. I became a Christian in high school through reading the Living Bible. I was active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Hawaii. My home church was Kalihi Union Church (KUC), a fine evangelical congregation that was part of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

I was deeply troubled by the UCC’s liberal theology and wanted to help it return to its biblical roots. This led me to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the purpose of preparing to become an evangelical seminary professor in the liberal United Church of Christ to help the UCC return to its biblical roots.

However, in a surprising turn of events, I became Orthodox!

It was my first week at seminary. As I walked down the hallway of Main Dorm I saw on the door of one of the student’s room an icon of Christ. I thought to myself,

“An icon in a Calvinist seminary!?!”

This was to be the first of many encounters with Eastern Orthodoxy.

After receiving my M.A. in Church History, I did doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. While there I attended Saints Kyril and Methodios Bulgarian Orthodox Church. I was drawn to the deep mystical worship of liturgical worship that was rooted in the historic Christian Faith. I also felt comfortable with its all-English services and a congregation that was made up mostly of converts. Orthodox worship presents a stark contrast to the emotionally driven entertainment that passes for contemporary Evangelical worship.

My journey to Orthodoxy began when little questions about Protestant theology turned into big questions, and the big questions turned into a theological crisis. Protestant theology holds up so long as one accepts certain premises but becomes problematic when considered from the standpoint of church history and the early Church Fathers. As a church history major I became painfully aware that much of what passes for Evangelicalism: the altar call, the symbolic understanding of the Lord’s Supper, the inductive bible study method, minimalist creed, the rapture, all have their origins in the 1800s.

This means that Evangelicalism is a modern innovation as is Liberalism.

But more troubling was my investigation of classical Reformation theology, e.g., Martin Luther and John Calvin. Two foundational tenets of Protestantism: sola fide (faith alone) and sola scriptura (Bible alone), were not part of the early Church and rely upon reading the Bible in a certain way. Moreover, these two tenets originated out of the theological debates of Medieval Scholasticism. In other words, the Protestant Reformation marks not a return to the historic Christian Faith, but rather a late innovation.

What makes Orthodoxy so daunting to an Evangelical is its understanding that to have the true Faith means belonging to the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. If the Orthodox Church is the true Church, then that meant that I needed to resign my membership from Kalihi Union Church and become Orthodox. I was received into the Orthodox Church on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 1999 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Honolulu. I am very grateful for what I have learned from Evangelicalism but there is so much more to Christianity. Orthodoxy is the fulfillment of Evangelical theology and worship.

Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA

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SAINT NEW MARTYR JOSE MUNOZ-CORTEZ FROM CHILE & CANADA WHO MARTYRED IN ATHENS, GREECE (+1997) & THE HAWAII’S MIRACLE ICON OF HOLY VIRGIN MARY

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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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Grave of St Martyr Jose (Joseph) Muñoz-Cortes 

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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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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。

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NOVEMBER 2015: THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN HOLYWOOD ACTOR CARY-HIROYUKI TAWAGA OF MORTAL KOMBAT MOVIES WHO LIVES IN HAWAII, USA, BAPTIZED EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN IN RUSSIA – 3 VIDEOS

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Cary-Hiroyuki Tawaga of Mortal Kombat movies

who lives in Hawaii, USA, baptized Eastern Orthodox Christian in Russia

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Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung goes Orthodox in Russia

Video – The Baptism of Cary-Hiroyuki Tawaga

(Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung)

The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church.

Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports.

The news was spread via Facebook by one of his colleagues, Ivan Okhlobystin, an actor and prominent Russian religious figure. He shared a photo of Tagawa taken with a giant cross, probably snapped during filming not far from Moscow.

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“I’m happy to say that… after deep and thorough consideration Cary Tagawa, who played the part of the Japanese orthodox priest in our new film The Priest-san, will take the Sacrament of Holy Baptism,” his post goes.

“You cannot just grasp the essence of the Russian Orthodox… When I first came to Russia I had very little time to get into the character. So I visited a number of Russian cathedrals in Yaroslavl and Rostov. Simply being inside had a very powerful effect on me,” Tagawa said in an interview to Kinopoisk.ru in 2013 when the shooting in Russia was done.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa received a baptismal name of Panteleymon, Okhlobystin wrote on his Facebook page.

Tagawa also expressed his intention to become a Russian citizen at a press conference, according to Orthodox news website pravmir.ru.

“I’m not following the new trend,” he said, most likely alluding to American boxer Roy Jones Jr and French actor Gerard Depardieu. “I follow my heart. There are no easy decisions either in America, or anywhere else in the world. This will be a new challenge for me.”

The film, soon to hit screens in Russia, tells the story of a Japanese priest, who leaves Japan due to Yakuza wars and heads for a small Russian town to help its locals fight rampant corruption. The movie is the latest project from the “Orthodox” producing studio.

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big-3Ο Αμερικανο-Ιάπωνας ηθοποιός του Hollywood

Cary-Hiroyuki Tawaga των ταινιών Mortal Kombatο ο οποίος σήμερα ζει στη Χαβάη

βαπτίστηκε το Νοέμβριου του 2015 Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός στη Ρωσία

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Η Ορθόδοξη Βάπτιση του Cary-Hiroyuki Tawaga ο οποίος ονομάστηκε Παντελεήμων

Ο Shang Tsung του Mortal Kombat έγινε Ορθόδοξος

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Του Αιμίλιου Πολυγένη

Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός βαπτίστηκε ο ηθοποιός του Hollywood, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, στον Ιερό Ναό της Παναγίας Πάντων των Θλιβομένων η χαρά.

Το μυστήριο του βαπτίσματος τέλεσε στα αγγλικά ο Πρόεδρος του Τμήματος των Εξωτερικών Σχέσεων του Πατριαρχείου Μόσχας, Σεβ. Μητροπολίτης Βολοκολάμσκ κ. Ιλαρίωνας.

Να αναφερθεί ότι το όνομα που έλαβε ο ηθοποιός Tagawa είναι Παντελεήμων.

Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες ο Tagawa έπαιξε στην ρώσικη ταινία “ιερέας” και μετά από βαθιά αναζήτηση και σκέψη, αποφάσισε να λάβει το βάπτισμα και να ασπαστεί την Ορθοδοξία.

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Πηγές:

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IVERON ICON OF HAWAII TO VISIT THE GREATER CHICAGO AREA, ILLINOIS, USA

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Iveron Icon of Hawaii to visit the Greater Chicago Area,

Illinois, USA

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Friday, August 21, 2015
St. John Chrysostomos Greek Orthodox Monastery
4600 93rd Street
Pleasant Prairie (Kenosha), WI 53158
Tel: (262) 694-9850
8:30am, Paraklesis, followed by anointing – (The Holy Icon will remain at the monastery until 2:00pm)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
300 Stryker Avenue
Joliet, IL 60436
Tel: (815) 741-1023
5:30pm, Moleben and Akathist to the Theotokos

Saturday, August 22, 2015
St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church
6330 W 127th St.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Tel: (708) 239-0004
10:00am, Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos, followed by anointing

Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral
1800 Lee Street
Des Plaines (Chicago), IL 60018
Tel: (847) 824-0971
5:00pm, Greeting of the Holy Icon
6:00pm, All-Night Vigil

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral
1800 Lee Street
Des Plaines (Chicago), IL 60018
Tel: (847) 824-0971
9:30am, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by anointing

Ss. Constantine and Helen Romanian Orthodox Cathedral
5406 N. Newland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-2026
Tel: (773) 353-7416
5:30pm, Paraklesis, followed by anointing

Monday, August 24, 2015
New Gračanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery
35240 W Grant Avenue
Third Lake, IL 60046
Tel: (847) 223-4300
5:30pm, Moleben and Akathist, followed by anointing

The Holy Icon will be available for veneration throughout the services. If Molebni or memorial services are requested in the presence of the Holy Icon, please contact the clergy in advance. Anointing with myrrh from the Holy Icon will also take place following the services. Please inquire with the churches beforehand. Everyone is welcome to come and see this great miracle God has bestowed upon us!

Troparion to the Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon

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From thy holy icon, O Lady Theotokos, / blessed myrrh has flowed abundantly. /
Thou hast thereby consoled those in exile faithful unto thee, /
and hast enlightened the unbelievers by thy Son’s light. / therefore, O Lady,
with tears we bow down to thee. / Be merciful unto us in the hour of judgment. /
Lest having received thy mercy, we be punished as those who have been contemptuous of it. //
But grant us through thy prayers to bring forth spiritual fruit and save us.

HAWAIIAN MYRRH STREAMING IVERON ICON ALASKA VISIT – ST JOSE MUNOZ-CORTEZ’S ICON OF VIRGIN MARY

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Photo: Alaska, USA

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Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon

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During the last two weeks of July 2014 the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon traveled throughout Alaska. Numerous miracles and blessings were bestowed on the faithful. Her travels by land, sea and air were marked by unusually consistent fair weather. In addition to traveling to every parish and monastic community on Kodiak Island, she traveled throughout the greater Anchorage area and the Kenai Peninsula.

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Photos: Alaska, USA

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Saint Jose Munoz-Cortes the new martyr, 

from Chile & Canada (+31 October 1997)

& the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon

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St Jose Munoz-Cortez

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Saint Jose Munoz-Cortez & Saint John Maximovitcn

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