Video – Riverside, California, USA: Fisher of men – Winning converts to the Orthodox Faith


Riverside, California, USA: Fisher of men


Winning converts to the Orthodox Faith


The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA


The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas

By Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

Printed in Issue 24 – Death to the World



I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.

I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…

Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.

I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…

Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with black corpses, white snow, pagan fires and virulent animals.

I took a bus north from Delhi. It was crowded, tight and cramped, flies buzzed between my face and the windows smeared with brown slime. It’s so Continue reading “The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”

Fr. Nathaniel Johnson, USA: The Church That Has It ALL – Video



The Church That Has It ALL

Fr. Nathaniel Johnson



I had the great pleasure of concelebrating liturgy with Fr. Nathaniel, and his fellow clergy at St. Lawrence Orthodox Church in Felton, CA, this past weekend. What a glorious encounter!

Hear his story in his own words.

Fr. Deacon Nathaniel Johnson

Fr. Nathaniel Johnson served the Orthodox Church as a deacon in the San Lorenzo Valley for 28 years before his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. He and his wife Presbytera Susan have 3 children; two daughters and a son. The oldest daughter is an Orthodox nun at St. John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington. Their son and youngest daughter and her husband live locally. Father Nathaniel was Ordained to the Priesthood in 2015. He was raised in a Black Baptist church from birth and converted to Orthodoxy in 1980’s. Father Nathaniel is an accomplished musician, playing professionally for over 55 years; has designed and built a wooden boat and enjoys wood carving as well.

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





Ancient Faith Radio:

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)



The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, CA, USA & Australia


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The Gift of Orthodoxy

by Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia



St. Paul speaks of being “an Apostle out of due time” in the sense that he did not know Jesus first-hand, and did not travel around with Jesus the way that the other Apostles did. Yet God chose him particularly to have a special and useful place in the Church. In the same way, converts are not natural inheritors of Orthodoxy in the same way as are those people born in traditionally Orthodox countries and cultures. But God takes us from all sorts of places, adopting us in a special way, making us a part of His Church in a way that we would have no natural inherited right to. (Someone born Greek or Serbian or Russian would normally inherit Orthodoxy.)

Because God has chosen to give us Orthodoxy outside of normal means, perhaps we tend to cherish it more and also to feel the obligation to share it with those who do not have the gift and also to help those who have inherited it to understand and appreciate it better. This becomes more true when in retrospect it is possible to see that our becoming Orthodox was not just a Continue reading “The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, CA, USA & Australia”

Ο διάσημος Αμερικανός Προτεστάντης Hank Hanegraaff γνωστός ως “Bible Answer Man” (“Ο Άνθρωπος των Απαντήσεων με βάση τη Βίβλο”) έγινε Ορθόδοξος μαζί με την σύζυγό του & 2 από τους γιούς του την Κυριακή των Βαϊων 2017 στην Βόρεια Καρολίνα των ΗΠΑ


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Ο διάσημος Αμερικανός Προτεστάντης

Hank Hanegraaff

γνωστός ως “Bible Answer Man”

(“Ο Άνθρωπος των Απαντήσεων με βάση τη Βίβλο”)

έγινε Ορθόδοξος μαζί με την σύζυγό του

& 2 από τους γιούς του την Κυριακή των Βαϊων 2017 

στην Βόρεια Καρολίνα των ΗΠΑ

Η δημοφιλής ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή “Bible Answer Man” με τον Hank Hanegraaff κόπηκε απότομα από τον Προτεσταντικό ραδιοφωνικό σταθμό “Bott Radio Network” (BRN), αφότου έγινε Χριστιανός Ορθόδοξος.

Ο γεννημένος στην Ολλανδία 67χρονος Αμερικάνος Hendrik “Hank” Hanegraaff, γνωστός ως “Bible Answer Man” (δηλαδή “Ο Άνθρωπος των Απαντήσεων με βάση την Βίβλο”), λόγω της ομώνυμης δημοφιλούς και παλαιάς ραδιοφωνικής εκπομπής, εκτός από ραδιοφωνικός παρουσιαστής είναι συγγραφέας δεκάδων βιβλίων που έχει γράψει για θέματα δογματικά, απολογητικά (κατά διαφόρων αιρέσεων και μη χριστιανικών δοξασιών και θρησκειών) και πολιτιστικά, καθώς και ομιλητής σε συνέδρια και ιεροκήρυκας σε Προτεσταντικές εκκλησίες, ενώ είναι και πρόεδρος του Ινστιτούτου Χριστιανικών Ερευνών (CRI), που ίδρυσε το 1960 ο συντηρητικός Προτεστάντης Walter Martin.

Ο Hank Hanegraaff και η σύζυγός του Kathy έχουν δώδεκα παιδιά και ζουν στο Charlotte της Βόρειας Καρολίνας. Στις 9 Απριλίου 2017, Κυριακή των Βαΐων ο Hanegraaff, μαζί με τη σύζυγό του και δύο από τους γιους της, προσχώρησαν στην Ορθοδοξία και εντάχθηκαν στην ενορία του Αγίου Νεκταρίου, μια ενορία που ανήκει στην Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Αρχιεπισκοπή Αμερικής.

Ο Rod Dreher, Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός και συγγραφέας του βιβλίου με τις καλύτερες πωλήσεις των New York Times, “The Benedict Option”, δήλωσε την περασμένη εβδομάδα ότι η είδηση ​​ότι ο Hanegraaff προσχώρησε στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία είναι «εκπληκτική».

«Πολλοί ευαγγελικοί αναζητούν την αρχαία εκκλησία. Και αυτή είναι εδώ, στην Ορθοδοξία», είπε ο Dreher.

«Είμαι βέβαιος ότι μερικοί θα σκανδαλιστούν από την αλλαγή του Hanegraaff, αλλά ελπίζω ότι τουλάχιστον κάποιοι θα αναρωτηθούν πώς κάποιος εξειδικευμένος με την Βίβλο, όπως ο Hank, μπόρεσε να μεταστραφεί στην Ορθοδοξία και να πάει σε μια Θεία Λειτουργία να δοκιμάσει και να δει πως είναι».

Ο Hanegraaff επέμεινε στην ραδιοφωνική του εκπομπή την περασμένη εβδομάδα ότι οι διδασκαλίες του παραμένουν αμετάβλητες και πιστές στην Αγία Γραφή.

«Είμαι τώρα μέλος της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας αλλά τίποτα δεν άλλαξε στην πίστη μου … είμαι τόσο βαθιά αφοσιωμένος στην υπεράσπιση του “απλού Χριστιανισμού” και των ουσιωδών στοιχείων της ιστορικής Χριστιανικής Πίστης όπως ήμουν πάντα», υποστήριξε ραδιοφωνικά στις 10 Απριλίου.

Ο Hanegraaff, ο οποίος πιστεύει ότι πολλοί Χριστιανοί σήμερα οδηγούνται από μία νοοτροπία καταναλωτισμού και πηγαίνουν στην εκκλησία για να δουν τι μπορούν να «πάρουν» από αυτήν, εξήγησε ότι εμπνεύστηκε να παρευρεθεί σε μια Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία πριν από δύο χρόνια, αφού είδε πόσο βαθιά ερωτευμένοι με τον Κύριο ήταν οι χριστιανοί στην Κίνα.

«Ενώ η αλήθεια έχει σημασία, η ζωή έχει μεγαλύτερη σημασία», του είπε ένας άνθρωπος. Συνειδητοποίησε ότι δεν αρκούσε μόνο να γνωρίζει τον Ιησού Χριστό, αλλά και να βιώνει τον αναστημένο Ιησού Χριστό και τώρα είναι περισσότερο ερωτευμένος με τον Ιησού από ποτέ άλλοτε.

«Οι άνθρωποι έχουν κατά κάποιο τρόπο την ιδέα ότι έχω απομακρυνθεί από την πίστη και δεν είμαι πια Χριστιανός», είπε στην εκπομπή της επόμενης ημέρας. «Κοιτάξτε, οι απόψεις μου έχουν κωδικοποιηθεί σε 20 βιβλία και οι απόψεις μου δεν έχουν αλλάξει».

Μετά την μεταστροφή του στην ορθόδοξη πίστη, από “Bible Answer Man” ο Hanegraaff παρουσιάζεται στις εκπομπές πλέον ως “Apostolic Tradition Man” (Άνθρωπος Αποστολικής Παράδοσης).

«Η επιθυμία μας είναι να σας εξοπλίσουμε με λογικά επιχειρήματα που πηγάζουν από τις παραδόσεις που διέμειναν εδώ και αιώνες για να βρείτε τις απαντήσεις για τη ζωή σας», δήλωσε ο Hanegraaff στην νέα του εκπομπή. «Πρέπει όλοι να είμαστε σαν τους Βεροιείς, εξετάζοντας τις ιστορικές διδασκαλίες της Εκκλησίας μέσα από τα χρόνια για να διαπιστώσουμε αν μια συγκεκριμένη διδασκαλία είναι αληθινή».




Video – Fr. Seraphim Bell, USA: “I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth”



Fr. Seraphim Bell, USA & Scotland:

“I became Orthodox for one reason: Obedience to the Truth”