Digital Natives Embrace Ancient Church – Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Twentysomethings captivated by Orthodoxy

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Andrea Goodell

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Tim Flinders will graduate from Grand Valley State University next month. Raised Lutheran, he also explored fundamentalist Baptism, Roman Catholicism and even Messianic Judaism before converting to Orthodox Christianity this year.

“Orthodoxy has completely transformed me already,” he said. “I feel like the first time in my life I’m growing spiritually.”

Flinders, 22, like many other young people converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, was looking for authenticity and historical accuracy in his Christian faith.

“I had so many different questions that needed to be answered,” said Flinders, who added he wrestled with the many divisions of the Christian church over the years.

He became Eastern Orthodox Christian at St. George Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids.

Recently he attended the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference at Hope College.

The Rev. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, dean of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gave the opening keynote address, using the themes of holy week to introduce Orthodoxy to the more than 50 who attended.

Eastern Orthodox Easter, Pascha in Greek — the language favored by Orthodox everywhere — fell on the same day as Western Easter this year.

Belcher described the nailing of Jesus to the cross as “one of the most cruel things human beings have ever thought of to do to other human beings.”

Eastern Orthodox Christians, he explained, experience the crucifixion and resurrection in the now during liturgy.

“There is no sense that we are just talking about something that happened a long time ago. It is today,” he said.

Dustin Miller, a Hope senior, attended the conference for extra credit in his history of Christianity class, but said,

“I’ve always been curious about Orthodoxy.”

He, too, said he was looking for the apostolic, historical roots of the Christian church. Miller considers himself non-denominational and said he didn’t know the Hope campus had Orthodox students.

“I’ve been trying to figure it out, trying to find what best fits me,” Miller said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship campus club, which sponsored this month’s conference, meets Thursday nights for Small Compline (a short Psalm and evening prayer service). Then the handful of Orthodox students, one seminary student and Fr. Steven VanBronkhorst discuss topics such as biblical foundations for Orthodox worship.

He would like to see more inquirers at the OCF meetings and more students at the second annual Encountering Orthodoxy Conference.

VanBronkhorst was a Reformed Church of America minister for almost two decades before coming to the Orthodox church 14 years ago. Still, VanBronkhorst said, he sees many more today looking for the historical church than when he was doing his own searching.

“I always felt that ideally there should be just one church,” he said. “The Orthodox church is by far the most historically faithful body. … Who is going to deny that the greater part of the evangelical world has the faith? They have faith. What they don’t have is the worship.”

Tyler Dykstra of Holland became Orthodox Christian this month.

He grew up Christian Reformed, but says he “wanted more.”

“Over time I started to realize there was so much history I had not known about even though I had gone to Christian schools all my life,” Dykstra, 24, said.

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Trudy Ellmore, USA: I Knew Right Then, In That Second…

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My family of origin is Roman Catholic, the faith I practiced until I was 18. My love of God was deep and personal. There was never a time in my life when God was not present, even in my earliest memories. Yet, when someone witnessed to me and asked,

“Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If you haven’t, you’re going to hell”

my reaction was one of panic. I turned away from my childhood church to a non-denominational fundamentalist church to allay my fear of damnation. There I met my first husband. After our marriage, we became involved in a Southern Baptist church where we both were baptized by immersion.

Following my husband’s death after 26 months of marriage, my infant son and I returned to my hometown. Thinking all Baptist churches were alike, I joined an American Baptist church, where I met my current husband, who was Continue reading “Trudy Ellmore, USA: I Knew Right Then, In That Second…”

Reason #1: the ever-changing church – Why I have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church

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Reason #1: the ever-changing church

Why I have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church

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This series of articles are from the “Becoming Orthodox” blog.

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting reasons why I have converted to the Orthodox Church. They are listed in no particular order. Some are big, important reasons; others may be small, wonderful but non-essential reasons. I hope they offer food for thought.

A few months ago I read an article in Christianity Today that highlighted a Christian movement in Mexico. It’s been awhile since I read the article and I can no longer recall the particulars, but one line really stood out: “How will the church in Mexico continue to change?” asked the columnist.

If the church is the pillar of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), then it should be unchanged since the day that it was founded by Jesus. Yet in any particular church group (save one) you will find numerous changes. Roman Catholics have a pretty long history, but they change the rules all the time. Protestantism is no different, being that it was borne out of a desire for change; a desire that certainly continues to this day when we have thousands of different denominations.

I’m disturbed by all of these changes. Truth doesn’t change. Neither should the Church.

 

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“Orthodoxy has a great future in Guatemala” – A conversation with Abbess Ines, head of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Guatemala

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“Orthodoxy has a great future in Guatemala”

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A conversation with Abbess Ines,

head of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Guatemala

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Abbess Ines (Ayau Garcia) – Abbess Ines is the head of the only Orthodox parish in Guatemala – the Monastery of the Holy and Life-Giving Trinity, the “Lavra of Mambre”, under the Patriarchate of Antioch. She comes from an influential and well known family in Guatemala which has produced many outstanding individuals. When [then Catholic] Sister Ines was 36 years old, she made an extreme change in her life, leaving a Catholic monastic order and becoming an Orthodox nun.

Holy Trinity Monastery was founded by Mother Ines and Sister Maria Amistoso in April of 1986. In 1989, the engineer Federico Bauer donated a piece of land on the shores of Lake Amatitlan, not far from Guatemala City, to the monastery. The land is 1188 meters [about 3900 feet] above sea level and is located near Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. Continue reading ““Orthodoxy has a great future in Guatemala” – A conversation with Abbess Ines, head of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Guatemala”

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Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile – Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie, profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada, mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997 ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Sfântul Jose Munoz-Cortes (+1997)

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Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile –

Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie,

profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada,

mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997

Sfântul Nou Mucenic Iosif s-a născut în Chile(America de Nord) la anul 1950, într-o familie catolică practicantă.
La vârsta de 12 ani îl cunoaște pe episcopul ortodox Leontie din Chile, fapt care îl impulsionează să se boteze ortodox doi ani mai târziu.

Era profund impresionat de viața monahală, și cu toate că locuia în oraș, se străduia să urmeze felul de viață al monahilor:cu post, rugăciune și privegheri.

Mai apoi s-a mutat în Canada, unde a lucrat ca profesor de pictură la Universitatea din Montreal, străduindu-se în paralel să învețe pictura bizantină.

În anul 1882 a vizitat Sfântul Munte și a studiat cu atenție mulțimea icoanelor bizantine de acolo. L-a impresionat o copie a icoanei Maicii Domnului – Portaitissa, care se afla într-unul dintre schituri.

A vrut să cumpere icoana, dar s-a întristat când a aflat ca nu este de vânzare. Maica Domnului, i-a pus în minte egumenului să îi dăruiască icoană . Jose s-a bucurat nespus și i-a mulțumit Stăpânei pentru ca făcuse acea minune cu el.

Ajuns acasă, citea în fiecare seară Acatistul Buneivestiri în fața icoanei. După câteva săptămâni toată casa s-a umplut de o bună mireasmă, și a văzut cu surprindere ca din mâna Maicii Domnului izvorăște mir. Cincisprezece ani la rând a continuat această minune.

José a cutreierat întreaga lume, arătându-le oamenilor minunea ce se petrecea, pentru a se slăvi astfel numele Maicii Domnului.

În anul 1997, la data de 31 octombrie, în timp ce se afla în Atena, a fost omorât cu brutalitate de un grup de sataniști, care, mai întâi, l-au chinuit fără milă în camera hotelului unde se afla.

Vrăjmașii credinței nu au răbdat să vadă cum se slăvește în toată lumea numele lui Hristos și al Maicii Sale, dar Dumnezeu i-a pregătit un loc luminat în ceata mucenicilor.

Pentru rugăciunile Sfântului Noului Mucenic Iosif, Doamne Iisuse Hristoase, miluiește-ne pe noi. Amin.

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The Holy Icon of Virgin Mary of Saint Jose Munoz-Cortes

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Saint Jose Munoz-Cortez from Chile (+1997)

& Saint John Maximovitch of San Francisco (+1966)

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Ο Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας θεραπεύει δαιμονισμένη στον Καναδά & έπειτα εκείνη του ζητάει να εξομολογηθεί

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θεραπεύει δαιμονισμένη στον Καναδά & έπειτα εκείνη του ζητάει

να εξομολογηθεί

Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας:

“Είχα πάει στον Καναδά και εκεί μίλησα στην Ελληνική ομογένεια, για τον διάβολο, για το πώς μάς ξεγελά και μάς υποσκελίζει στην αμαρτία. Όταν τελείωσα την ομιλία και έφευγε ό κόσμος από το χώρο όπου έγινε ή ομιλία, ξαφνικά άρχισε να γίνεται ένας μεγάλος σαματάς. Ήρθαν κάποιες κυρίες τότε και με ενημέρωσαν ότι κάποια μεγαλοκυρία είχε δαιμονιστεί. Φώναζε και ούρλιαζε ή δαιμονισμένη λέγοντας λόγια για μένα:

Με φανέρωσε αυτός ό άνθρωπος, με έβγαλε στη φόρα. Τί γυρεύει εδώ στον Καναδά; Ήρθε να πάρει τούς δικούς μου, τούς οποίους είχα καλά δεμένους. Θα του κάνω κακό και θα τον εκδικηθώ και πολλά άλλα παρόμοια έλεγε ή δαιμονισμένη.

Την μετέφεραν σέ ένα δωμάτιο. Και μόλις λίγο ηρέμησε, πήγα και την συνάντησα. Είχε κλειστά τα μάτια και έτρεμε σαν το ψάρι. Κατά το χρέος μου άνοιξα το Ευχολόγιο, φόρεσα το πετραχήλι μου και της διάβασα τις ευχές του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου και όταν τελείωσα, άνοιξε τα μάτια, σταμάτησε να τρέμει και με λέει:

Πάτερ, θέλω να εξομολογηθώ! Πράγματι την εξομολόγησα. Ή κοπέλα αυτή είχε δαιμόνιο για πολλά χρόνια, αλλά δεν είχε εκδηλωθεί μέσα της. Κοινωνούσε, εκκλησιαζόταν κανονικά, αλλά δεν γνώριζε oτι ήταν δαιμονισμένη.

Με αφορμή όμως εκείνη την ομιλία πού είχα κάνει εκδηλώθηκε το δαιμόνιο πού είχε.
Πολλοί πού ήταν παρόντες στο σκηνικό με την δαιμονισμένη, ωφελήθηκαν πολύ και άνθρωποι πού δεν πίστευαν στα δαιμόνια και στον διάβολο, πίστεψαν στην ύπαρξη των πονηρών πνευμάτων από το περιστατικό αυτό.

Το περιστατικό απλώθηκε πολύ γρήγορα στην ευρύτερη περιοχή και με πήραν τηλέφωνο και από τις Η.Π.Α να πάω και εκεί στην ομογένεια να τούς μιλήσω και να τούς εξομολογήσω. Έτσι με τη Χάρη του Θεού πήγα και σέ εκείνους τούς ανθρώπους και βοηθήθηκαν και εκείνοι”.

Πηγή:

Ο Θεός Είναι Μαζί μας, Εμείς Είμαστε Μαζί Του;

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Hammi: The Norwegian Forest Cat – Our pets are gifts from God – Abbot Tryphon, WA, USA

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Hammi: The Norwegian Forest Cat

Our pets are gifts from God

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Every evening I try to spend an hour or so in the library, sitting in front of the fire place. Our beloved Norwegian Forest Cat, Hammi, sleeps in the library/community room every night. Hammi is most happy when the entire monastic brotherhood is gathered together with him. He’s an important member of our community, loved by all of us, and is the only cat I know who has his own facebook fan page, started by a woman who’d met him on a pilgrimage to the monastery (if my memory be correct).

I first met Hammi, a large male cat, as I was walking between our old trailer house (now gone) and my cell, some seventeen years ago. We startled one another, but as I reached down with extended hand, he came to me. When I picked him up he began purring immediately, so I opened a can of salmon, and he never left. A month after his arrival we took him to a vet to be checked out. It was the veterinarian who suggested he’d most likely been dumped by someone from Seattle, as happens frequently when people want to dispose of a pet, and make sure the animal can’t find it’s way back home (impossible from an island).

I often tell people that Hammi domesticated me, since I’d not previously been a cat fancier, being allergic to cat dander. Little did I know at the beginning that Norwegian Forest Cats do not have dander. They have a very soft double fur coat, large paws, sweet facial features and a very loud purr box. They are known to be personable, liking to be around people. He greets everyone who comes to the monastery, escorting them up the steps from the parking lot. Everyone who’s ever met Hammi, falls in love. I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve stated they don’t like cats, but want to get a Norwegian Forest Cat for themselves, once they’ve met him.

Intelligent breed that they are, Hammi has learned to let us know just what he wants, be it water, food, cuddling, sleep, whatever. He is a great companion to all of us, even going into the forest when one of us takes a walk on the Valaam Trail. He has a special game which he seems to enjoy with me, particularly. I’ll head out on the trail with Hammi running ahead. He’ll hide behind a large fern, and even though I know he’s waiting ahead, he always manages to scare me. I’ll then run ahead and hide behind a tree and jump out when he walks by. We play this game until the end of the trail!

At the ripe old age of twenty, Hammi is slowing down a bit, just as am I. We both suffer from arthritis and like to sit by the fire on a cold winter evening, with him cuddling in the lap of the old abbot. I’ve grown so attached to him that I can’t even begin to think of what life in the monastery will be like after he’s gone.

Animals teach us so much about life, and about unconditional love. I’ll never forget the day Hammi spotted our newly arrived Rhode Island Reds for the first time. I was sitting on the veranda of the trapeza with some guests. Hammi sat up when he spotted the hens, and started walking toward the Saint John Chapel. I followed him, as did our guests. When we were standing by the hens, Hammi crouched down, ready for the kill. All that was needed was for me to say, “No, Hammi, they are our friends”. He turned away and walked back to the veranda, leaving me and the guests alone with the chickens. He’s never bothered them since.

Although I’d grown up with dogs and cats, they’d not been in my life throughout my adulthood, until Hammi came around. I’m so very glad he did.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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