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Newly Baptized Orthodox King is a Dedicated Servant to His People

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:22

The newly-baptized Orthodox King David, His Majesty King Tchiffi Zae Jean-Gervais of the Krou chieftains in Côte d’Ivoire, the founder of the United Kingdoms of Africa, has long been a servant to his and all African people, dedicating his life toward serving the common interest of the people of Africa. King Tchiffi Zae Jean Gervais […]

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Crazy Busy! We need your help today

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 15:57

Friends, JTO is busy. Crazy busy! This is good, as it shows that all your work and the work of others is bearing serious fruit, and driving inquirers to contact us, but we can’t pick it up from here without your help. We need you to make a donation today. This year has been the […]

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“Japan Made Me Orthodox”

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:03

Eleonora Borisovna Sablina is an historian, teacher, candidate of historical sciences, researcher of Japanese Orthodoxy, and the author of a book on St. Nicholas of Japan.   —Eleonora Borisovna, you have been living and teaching in Japan for many years. Tell us, please, how you arrived in the Land of the Rising Sun? Where do you […]

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Father Moses Berry: From Hippie Bad-Boy Cool-Cat to Orthodox Priest

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:01

by Irene Archos You wouldn’t suspect that the jovial Orthodox priest who carries the gold chalise with such reverence from behind the iconostasis of “Mother of Unexpected Joy” church was once a drug dealing, rambling hippie and coffee-house owner with his own underground band, not to mention an illegitimate descendent of Nathaniel Boone, the son […]

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New Orthodox Academy Opening Fall 2018: Enrollment is Open

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 15:04

Some of you may know about the new GreatMartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy which opens in the Fall of 2018. What you may not know is what separates us from other schools, and why it is worth it for you to have a closer look. If you’re wanting more thorough and practical apologetics information, want […]

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Another 1,000 Children Baptized by Patriarch Ilia of Georgia

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 18:47

He’s going for the record, I think. The Georgian people have again expressed their great love of and trust in His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia, bringing more than 1,000 children to be baptized and become the primate’s Godchildren in a mass ceremony. Photo: patriarchate.ge   This 53rd such mass Baptism took place on […]

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First Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Al-Zabadani in Six Years

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:55

Good News is our business! The first Divine services in six years were recently celebrated in the Church of the Dormition in the town of Al-Zabadani. Peace has begun to reign to the west of Damascus following the military operation that forced terrorists to leave the Wadi Barada valley. The restoration of a peaceful way […]

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From 30 years Mormon to Forever Orthodox

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:48

by Isaac Bell I was raised Mormon, as was Rachel, my wife. Early in our marriage we had a stillborn son. Our bishop called us into his office to tell us that God had not yet revealed the point at which a fetus becomes alive and the church therefore does not consider our son to […]

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The Orthodox Church Strikes Back

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:44

Relentless Resurrection. When the Orthodox Church ‘strikes back’, it does so relentlessly, and with resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ. Christ is Risen! ?

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Orthodox Church in Harbin, China Reopens as an Orthodox Church

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:52

An Eastern Orthodox Church reopened for worship on Saturday in Harbin, the icy city in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province about 600 kilometers from the Russian border. For Orthodox Christmas in January, worshippers had borrowed a nearby Catholic church. But on Saturday, a congregation of about 100 flocked to the Protection (Pokrov) of the Theotokos Church to worship […]

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Filipinos Build Church in 3 Weeks to Celebrate Pascha

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 00:33

Photo: pravoslavie.ru The zeal of Filipino Orthodox was seen at Pascha this year, as the community of St. Vincent of Lerins on the island of Mindanao celebrated the bright Resurrection of Christ in a church they had built with their own hands in just three weeks. The holy Paschal services were celebrated in the community […]

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Church to be Built in Siberian Cradle of Orthodoxy Where Mass Baptism of 120 Recently Celebrated

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:58

Yessey, the northernmost village of the Evenkia District in Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2,140 miles northwest of Moscow, was traditionally known as the “cradle of Orthodoxy” among the indigenous peoples of the north, after local Yakuts and Evenks adopted Orthodoxy in 1852. One of the first churches in Evenkia was built in Essey, although it ceased functioning […]

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Chinese Orthodox Receive State Approval to Prepare for Ministry in Russian Seminaries

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:53

Orthodox students from the People’s Republic of China can now begin to prepare for their future ministries in China in the theological schools of the Russian Orthodox Church. Agreement on the issue came as a result of the sixth session of the Russian-Chinese working group on contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere held in […]

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Off the Side Roads onto the Illumined Path

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:49

by Michael Fiocca The Way We Are Meant to Be “The person who loves God values knowledge of God more than anything created by God, and pursues such knowledge ardently and ceaselessly.” -Saint Maximos the Confessor When we speak of something as being generic, it often stirs up thoughts of a product being “mediocre” or […]

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Gentlemen: Orthodox Christianity is Not for Sissies

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 18:32

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey I had a woman parishioner tease me that sometimes I make her feel a little uncomfortable. A couple of the things she mentioned that contributed to her minor anxiety were that I like shooting guns (and have built my own AR15), I love a good dark beer or a straight […]

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I was a Catholic Priest: The Story of Fr. John Tanveer

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:54

by Fr. John Tanveer I was a Catholic priest. I was waiting for the opportunity to convert to Orthodoxy for fifteen years, and the opportunity to become an Orthodox priest – three more years. The Lord felt my desire. I belonged to the Catholic community and entered the seminary in 1974, and four years later […]

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