Fr. Gregory had previously served as an Anglican priest, but in 1992 he became disappointed in Anglicanism and embraced Orthodoxy. Three years later he was ordained and since then has served at a parish of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Manchester—one of the largest English cities—for over twenty years.
In this short video, well-known Russian priest Fr. Andrei Tkachev talks about the phenomenon of people converting to Orthodox Christianity throughout the world, here esecially focusing on America and Turkey. As Fr. Andrei explains, people are looking for the deeper undercurrent of their lives and cultures, and are finding it in the Christ's true Orthodox Church.
The government of Cyprus and the Church under the headship of His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos have made the joint and unprecedented decision to gift a large plot of land to the Georgian Orthodox Church for use for a large-scale monastery complex.
St. Tamar became the sole ruler of Georgia in 1184, reigning as king because she ruled not as a consort but as a monarch. She is remembered as a pious and holy woman, a builder of churches and monasteries, and a brilliant military commander.
The two weeks between the feast of the Nativity of Christ and His Theophany have in Orthodox lands always been a time spent glorifying Christ in families and communities. With this spilling over of joy in the birth of our Savior came the tradition of walking from house to house singing carols, to bring the grace and peace of Christ’s Nativity to those around us.
Of course manger scenes are especially for children. And there is no need to explain why—the little ones are transported in their minds and heart to the manger of the Infant Christ in Bethlehem, not only at the festal services but also by gazing upon these mystical manger scenes.
The past 2017 year marked the centennial of the terrible revolutionary events that led to the mass exodus of the Russian people from the territory of the former Russian Empire and their resettlement around the globe. To this day, as a result of the sorrowful events of 100 years past, the Orthodox Russian people are perhaps the most scattered in the world.
Following the Divine Liturgy, according to the monastery’s tradition, the gathered faithful headed out through the nearby Moscow streets in a cross procession, with the members of the “Sons of Athos” brotherhood bearing the revered icon of St. Peter of Moscow. Hundreds of faithful Muscovites joined in the annual procession. Banners with icons of St. Peter and the Petrovsky Icon of the Mother of God were carried by the children of the monastery’s Sunday School.
The announcement of his retirement came as a surprise for all. He had shown no signs of slowing down, and on the contrary, the hierarch had lately taken an active role in public discussions and on social media. His typical answer the past several years to birthday greetings had been, “Age is advancing, but we won’t give up!”
Maria, known throughout the world by her nickname Mama Maria, has cooked thousands of meals over the past several years, ever since she watched the first refugee mom walk in front of her seaside taverna on the island of Samos.
The call came from His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of Chișinău and All Moldova in the context of the 25th anniversary of the resumption of the activity of the Metropolitanate of Bessarabia. In turn, the Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia has affirmed that it is open to dialogue
On Sunday, December 17, the feast day of the Holy Great-Martyr Barbara, celebrations were held at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in honor of the 90th birthday of the cathedral’s pastor emeritus, dean of New Jersey, and president of the Synodal Arts & Architecture Commission, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov.
Matushka Irina Konyukhova, the wife of the famous priest and world traveler Fr. Feodor Konyukhov, recently spoke in an interview with the Orthodox newspaper “Krestovsky Most” about a miracle that occurred during one of her husband’s hot air balloon trips that led to the conversion of a fellow traveler.
There is indisputable evidence that the founder of Great Bulgaria, Khan Kubrat, and his immediate family were baptized before the advent of Islam, as evidenced by Byzantine chronicles and excavation data.