A Life Changed By Icons – Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, USA & Germany

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A Life Changed By Icons

Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, USA & Germany

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—Please tell us about your background and your journey to the Orthodox Church.

My name is Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, and this is my background. I was raised in a Protestant Southern Baptist family. We were in the military; my father was in the U.S. Air Force. I have four brothers, a family of five boys, and we moved all over the world. We lived most our lives in America and then in Germany, where I was as a teenager. No matter where my parents moved, they always found a Southern Baptist church, including in Puerto Rico, where I was born, and Germany, where our German pastor was Southern Baptist!

I grew up in Miami, Florida where my mother was from, so we moved back to Miami after my father retired from the Air Force. Miami is where I went to high school. It was when I was in the high school that I felt called to be a missionary. I wanted to be a Protestant missionary/Bible translator in Indonesia. So I went to a Bible school in Chicago called the Moody Bible Institute—a famous Bible school. I studied Bible-Theology/Greek; it was at Moody where I first started to interact with people from the Muslim world. I was very attracted to working with Muslims. I ended up going to the University of Illinois at Chicago where I studied linguistics, Middle East studies and Arabic. This is how I met my wife Marilyn.

She was raised in Pakistan, as her parents were Baptist missionaries for over thirty-five years there. She went to nursing school in Chicago. She was a nurse and I was a linguist, and we met back to back in an Indian restaurant.

“I was amazed by the worship, the liturgy, and the icons.”

We first moved to Pakistan in 1986 where I taught English to Pakistani government employees. Pakistan was Marilyn’s home, and we were involved in a Protestant church there. Then we moved to Egypt in 1989, where we lived for seven years; this is where I first encountered Orthodoxy. I don’t think I ever met anyone who was Orthodox before I moved to Egypt. I had an Egyptian friend in Chicago, so I had met one Oriental Orthodox person before. But when Continue reading “A Life Changed By Icons – Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, USA & Germany”

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ᎣᎩᏙᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᎮᎯ ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster) – Cherokee

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ᎣᎩᏙᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᎮᎯ

(Lord’s Prayer – Pater Noster)

ᎣᎩᏙᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᎮᎯ
ᎦᎸᏉᏗᏳ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᏕᏣᏙᎥᎢ
ᏣᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎨᏒ ᏫᎦᎾᏄᎪᎢ
ᎠᏂ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏫᏂᎦᎵᏍᏓ ᎭᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬᎢ
ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ
ᏂᏓᏙᏓᏈᏒ ᎣᎦᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᏍᎩᎥᏏ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ
ᏗᎨᏍᎩᎥᏏᏉᏃ ᏕᏍᎩᏚᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᏥᏗᎦᏲᏥᏁᎰ ᏦᏥᏚᎩ
ᎠᎴ ᏞᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᎪᎵᏰᏗᏱ ᎨᏒ ᏫᏗᏍᎩᏯᏘᏅᏍᏔᏅᎩ
ᏍᎩᏳᏓᎴᏍᎨᏍᏗᏉᏍᎩᏂ ᎤᏲ ᎨᏒᎢ
ᏣᏤᎵᎦᏰᏃ ᏣᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ
ᎠᎴ ᏣᎵᏂᎩᏗᏱ ᎨᏒᎢ
ᎠᎴ ᎡᏣᎸᏉᏗᏳ ᎨᏒ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ
ᎡᎺᏅ

Are there demons or devils? – Saint Sebastian Dabovich of Jackson & San Francisco, CA, USA (+1940)

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Are there demons of devils?

Saint Sebastian Dabovich of Jackson and San Francisco, CA, USA (+1940):

“I have heard people say that there are no demons or devils. . . . . the Devil surely will not reveal himself to people who do not believe; for, should he do so, they might believe, and that would be against his own sly, diabolical policy, as he would have all in the dark, so terrible is his enmity against the Eternal Source of Light and Treasure of Goodness—God Almighty”.

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Η μεταστροφή της Αμερικανίδας μεταφράστριας Esther E. Cunningham Williams από τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

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Η μεταστροφή της Αμερικανίδας

μεταφράστριας Esther E. Cunningham Williams

από τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

Γεννήθηκα στό Chigago τό 1914. Σπούδασα Γεωλογία στήν Pennsylvania καί κατόπιν στό Πανεπιστήμιο Columbia τῆς Ν. Ὑόρκης ἀπό ὅπου πῆρα μάστερ στά μαθηματικά. Οἱ θρησκευτικές μου ρίζες πᾶνε, βεβαίως, πολλά χρόνια πίσω, πρίν ἀκόμη γεννηθῶ. Στό οἰκογενειακό μου δένδρο ὑπῆρχαν βαθιές Χριστιανικές ρίζες στούς Βρεταννο-Αμερικανούς προγόνους μου, πού ἦσαν Πρεσβυτεριανοί ἀπ᾽ τή μία μεριά, ἀλλά καί στούς Νορβηγούς προγόνους μου πού ἦσαν Λουθηρανοί. Μάλιστα ὁ παππούς καί ὁ προπάππος μου ἦσαν ἱερεῖς.

Ἡ συνεισφορά τῶν γονιῶν μου στό κρυμμένο τελικό μου προσανατολισμό πρός τήν Ὀρθοδοξία ἦταν ἡ εὐπρέπεια, ἡ εὐγένεια καί τό ἀγαθό τους ἐνδιαφέρον πού πήραμε ὡς παράδειγμα, ἀλλά καί ὁ κόσμος τῆς μουσικῆς καί τῆς τέχνης μέ τό ὁποῖο μᾶς ἔφεραν σέ ἐπαφή.

Ὅμως, ὑπῆρχε μία καθοριστική θλίψι ἑνός κενοῦ στό κέντρο τῆς ψυχῆς μου, ἕως ὅτου μέ ἀπορρόφησαν οἱ σπουδές. Ἡ μουσική ἦταν ἡ μεγάλη μου ἀγάπη. Αἰσθανόμουν ὅτι εἶχε μία βαθύτατη μυστηριώδη ἔκτασι μέσα μου.

Ἤμουν περίπου εἰκοσιπέντε χρόνων ὅταν ὁ Θεός ἔγινε μία πραγματικότητα καί ἀποτέλεσε κεντρικό στοιχεῖο τῆς ζωῆς μου. Αὐτό ἔγινε κατά τή διάρκεια ἑνός γάμου κοντά στή Φιλαδέλφεια, στήν ἐκκλησία τῶν Κουακέρων. Αὐτοί οἱ ἄνθρωποι λάτρευαν τό Θεό μέ ἀποφατικό τρόπο, δηλαδή μέ σιωπή, βυθίζοντας τό νοῦ τους μέσα στή καρδιά τους, ὅπου ὁ Θεός ἐν τῇ ἀγάπη Του μπορεῖ νά γίνη αἰσθητός καί εἶναι δυνατόν νά ἐπικοινωνήση κανείς μαζί Του. Δέν ἀναφέρονταν στή Θεολογία, παρά ταύτα ἐνθάρρυναν τή μελέτη τῶν βίων τῶν Ἁγίων καί συζητοῦσαν γι᾽ αὐτούς. Μπῆκα σ᾽ αὐτή τήν ἐκκλησία καί δίδαξα στό κατηχητικό σχολεῖο ἐκεῖ ὅπου ἔδωσα μία σειρά μαθημάτων μέ θέμα: Πῶς μποροῦμε νά βροῦμε τό Θεό ἀπ᾽ τά θαυμάσια τῆς φύσεως, διότι ὑπάρχουν παντοῦ τά σημάδια τῆς παρουσίας Του. Οἱ σπουδές μου μοῦ εἶχαν δώσει ἄφθονο ὑλικό.

Κάποια στιγμή ἡ διδασκαλική μου καριέρα μέ ὁδήγησε στή Φινλανδία, ὅπου ἐγκαταστάθηκα καί τελικῶς ἔγινα πολίτης τῆς χώρας αὐτῆς. Δίδασκα σέ κάποιο διεθνές κολλέγιο ὅπου ἡ σιωπηλή λατρευτική ζωή ἦταν μέρος τοῦ προγράμματος. Τό καλοκαιρινό σενάριο τοῦ 1961 ἦρθε νά τό παρακολουθήση μία κυρία πού τήν συνάντησα μετά στό ἑστιατόριο, νά στέκεται μέ πολύ σεβασμό μπροστά στό φαγητό της καί νά κάνη ἕνα σημεῖο μπροστά στό στῆθος της πρίν καθήση νά φάη.

Ρώτησα τή διευθύντρια τοῦ κολλεγίου τί ἦταν αὐτό πού ἔκανε ἡ κοπέλλα. Αὐτή σιγανά μοῦ ἀπάντησε:

“Ἔκανε τό σταυρό της. Εἶναι Ὀρθόδοξη”.

Μοῦ κεντήθηκε τότε τό ἐνδιαφέρον καί παρακάλεσα τήν Ὀρθόδοξη κυρία νά πᾶμε μία μέρα στήν ἐκκλησία της στό Ἐλσίνκι. Ἔτσι πῆγα σέ μία ἀγρυπνία, ἕνα Σάββατο βράδυ καί διαπίστωσα πώς ὄχι μόνο δέν ἦταν τίποτε λάθος, ἀλλά ὅτι ὑπῆρχε μία θαυμάσια ζωή καί εὐρύτητα στούς στόχους ἀλλά καί ἀπέραντη ὀμορφιά. Καί τότε ἔνιωσα πώς αὐτό ζητοῦσε ἡ ψυχή μου. Τότε εἶπα:

“Αὐτό εἶναι γιά μένα”.

Καί ρώτησα:

“Τί μπορῶ νά διαβάσω γιά νά μάθω τί εἶναι ἡ Ὀρθοδοξία καί τί πρεσβεύει;”.

Μοῦ ὑπέδειξαν ν᾽ ἀρχίσω μέ τό βιβλίο τοῦ Βλαδιμίρ Λόσκυ “Μυστική Θεολογία τῆς Ἀνατολικῆς Ἐκκλησίας”. Αὐτό τό βιβλίο ἦταν ἀρκέτο νά μέ φωτίση. Ἔτσι μπῆκα στή ζωή τῆς Ὀρθόδοξης Ἐκκλησίας, συμμετεῖχα στή χορωδία ψάλλοντας στά ρωσικά ἀλλά καί στά φινλανδικά. Τά περισσότερα βιβλία πού διάβαζα ἦταν στίς δύο αὐτές γλῶσσες κι ἔτσι ἄρχισα ἀπό τότε νά μεταφράζω γιά δικό μου ὄφελος ἀλλά καί γιά ἄλλους ἀγγλόφωνους. Εἶχα διδαχθῆ τήν ἐλληνική γλῶσσα στό σχολεῖο κι ἔτσι ὅταν ἡ πηγή τῶν μελετῶν μου, πού ἦταν τά ρωσικά βιβλία, ἄρχισε νά λιγοστεύη, ἄκουσα γιά πολύ καλές ἐκδόσεις στά ἐλληνικά.

Ἦρθα τότε στήν Ἑλλάδα τό 1965, μέ τή νεοφώτιστη φίλη μου Ρόσσλυν Νίκολας καί διαλέξαμε μερικά βιβλία. Ἡ Ρόσσλυν πού εἶναι καί βαπτιστική μου, γεννήθηκε στή Νότια Οὐαλία στή Μ. Βρεταννία, ἔχει μάστερ τοῦ Πανεπιστημίου τοῦ Λονδίνου στή Βιβλιοθηκονομία καί εἶναι καί δασκάλα. Δίδασκε καί αὐτή στή Φινλανδία ὅταν συναντηθήκαμε καί βαπτίσθηκε Ὀρθόδοξη ἐκεῖ, τό 1965. Ἔχει ἐπισκεφθῆ δεκατέσσερεις χῶρες σταλμένη ἀπ᾽ τό Βρεταννικό Συμβούλιο γιά νά διδάξη πῶς ὀργανώνεται μία βιβλιοθήκη. Ἔτσι ἀρχίσαμε σχεδόν κάθε καλοκαίρι νά ἐρχόμασθε στήν Ἑλλάδα. Περίπου το 1992 διάλεξα ἕνα βιβλίο τοῦ Ἀρχιμανδρίτη τότε Ἱεροθέου Βλάχου. Τό μετέφρασα χωρίς νά τό ξέρη, τόν ἑπόμενο χρόνο τοῦ τό πρόσφερα κάνοντάς τον νά ἐκπλαγῆ, κι ἐκεῖνος μέ πολλή χαρά τό ἐξέδωσε.

Αὐτή ἦταν ἡ ἀρχή τῆς νέας μου ζωῆς στήν ἐλληνική Ὀρθόδοξη οἰκογένεια, πού δείχνει νά αὐξάνη συνεχῶς. Ἡ Ρόσσλυν κι ἐγώ σᾶς εὐγνωμονοῦμε πού μᾶς δεχθήκατε.

Esther E. Cunningham Williams

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Ancient Faith Radio: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966) – July 2

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Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)

July 2

This brightly-shining Saint of our own day was born in Russia in 1896. In 1921 his family fled the Russian Revolution to Serbia, where he became a monk and was ordained a priest. From the time of his entry into monastic life he adopted a severely ascetical way of life: for the rest of his life he never slept in a bed, sleeping only briefly in a chair or prostrated before the icons. He ate one meal a day, in the evening. Teaching seminarians in Serbia, he instructed them each day to devote six hours to divine services, six hours to prayer (not including the divine services!), six hours to good works, and six hours to rest (these six hours obviously included eating and bathing as well as sleeping). Whether his seminarians followed his counsels we do not know, but he himself not only followed but exceeded them.

In 1934 he was made Bishop of Shanghai (in the Russian Church Abroad), where he served not only the Russian émigré community but a number of native Chinese Orthodox; from time to time he served the Divine Liturgy in Chinese. When the Communists took power in China, he laboured tirelessly to evacuate his flock to safety, first to the Philippines, then to various western countries including the United States. He served as Bishop in Paris and Brussels, then, in 1962 was made Archbishop of San Francisco. Throughout his life as monk and hierarch he was revered (and sometimes condemned) for his ascetical labours and unceasing intercessions. During his life and ever since, numerous miraculous healings of all manner of afflictions have been accomplished through his prayers.

Once, in Shanghai, a caretaker, investigating strange noises in the cathedral after midnight, discovered Bishop John standing in the belltower, looking down on the city and praying for the people. Years later, when he visited Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, the priest responsible for hosting him found the saint walking through the halls of the monastery, standing outside the door of each room and praying for the monk or seminarian sleeping within. When the Archbishop had prayed outside each room, he returned to the beginning of his circuit and began praying again; and so he spent the entire night

Even as Archbishop, he lived in near-absolute poverty. His appearance was striking: His cassock was made of blue Chinese “peasant cloth,” crudely decorated with crosses stitched by orphans who had been in his care in Shanghai. His Bishop’s “miter” was often a cloth cap to which he had glued paper icons. Even in the United States, even while serving the Divine Liturgy (which he did every day), he went barefoot in all seasons. (Eventually, after he was hospitalized with an infected foot, his Metropolitan ordered him to wear shoes; thereafter, he wore sandals). Needless to say, he was an embarrassment to those who like their bishops to make a more worldly appearance, but among his various flocks throughout the world, there were always those who recognized him as a Saint in his own lifetime.

Following his repose in 1966, a steady stream of healings and other miracles was accomplished through his intercessions, and in 1996 he was glorified as a Saint of the Church. His incorrupt and wonder-working relics can be venerated at his cathedral in San Francisco. At St John’s funeral, the eulogist told his mourners (and all of us): because Archbishop John was able to live the spirituality of the Orthodox Church so fully, even in modern, western, urban society, we are without excuse

Footnote: An acquaintance of Monk John once met him on a train in Serbia. When asked his destination, Monk John replied, “I’m going to straighten out a mistake. I’ve gotten a letter meant for some other John whom they intend to make a bishop.” The same person met him again on his return journey and asked if he had been able to resolve his problem. John answered, “The mistake is much worse than I thought: they did make me a bishop.”

(From Ancient Faith Radio)

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