Why Orthodoxy? – Ryan Hunter, USA & Scotland – From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

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East Setauket, Long Island, NY, USA

Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery

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Why Orthodoxy?

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Ryan Hunter

(Part 1-14)

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

After years of spiritual wandering and disillusionment, and studying all religions, I am entering the Eastern Orthodox Church: How I discovered new meaning in the word “catholic” and the true challenge of a Christian life

“In His unbounded love, God became what we are that He might make us what He is.” —St. Irenaeus (d. 202)

I am in love. The object of my affection, or rather, my devotion, is not a person per se, though it is very much alive. It has been alive for 2,000 years, persisting through seemingly insurmountable odds, and in that time it spread from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean north and east, ultimately to the shores of Alaska and the New World. Now it is very much established and thriving here in the US. What is this thing that has become such a defining part of my life?

I have fallen in love with the Orthodox Church.

It is difficult for me to render into words an account of the transformation that this awakening has wrought in all areas of my life. I feel myself to be at last truly satisfied, spiritually and emotionally. I feel enriched beyond description after years of an ever-present void. From the depths of my heart I sense that I am now a more fulfilled Christian, and above all I know that I am a more inspired human being. Sadly in this Continue reading “Why Orthodoxy? – Ryan Hunter, USA & Scotland – From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy”

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Saint Ia, Missionary & Virgin Martyr in Cornwall, England, from Ireland (+450) – February 3

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Saint Ia,

Missionary & Virgin Martyr in Cornwall, England,

from Ireland (+450)

February 3

Saint Ia of Cornwall (also known as Eia, Hia or Hya) was an evangelist and martyr of the 5th century in Cornwall. She was an Irish princess, the sister of Saint Erc of Slane and a student of Saint Baricus.

St Ia went to the seashore to depart for Cornwall from her native Ireland along with other saints. Finding that they had gone without her, fearing that she was too young for such a hazardous journey, she was grief-stricken and began to pray. As she prayed, she noticed a small leaf floating on the water and touched it with a rod to see if it would sink. As she watched, it grew bigger and bigger. Trusting God, she embarked upon the leaf and was carried across the Irish Sea. She reached Cornwall before the others, where she joined Saint Gwinear and Felec of Cornwall. They had up to 777 companions.

She founded an oratory in a clearing in a wood on the site of the existing Parish Church that is dedicated to her. Ia was martyred under “King Teudar” (i.e., Tewdwr Mawr of Penwith) on the River Hayle and buried at what is now St Ives, where St Ia’s Church—of which she is now the patron saint—was erected over her grave. The town built up around it. Her feast day is February 3.

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Saint Nathalan (St Nachlan), Bishop of Tullich, Scotland (+678) – January 19

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Saint Nathalan / Nachlan

Bishop of Tullich, Scotland (+678)

January 19

Saint Nathalan or Nachlan (+678) is a saint who was active in the district now known as Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He is also known by the names Saint Nachlan and Saint Nauchlan.

Saint Nathalan was born in the village of Tullich, for which he was eventually appointed as bishop. The earliest church in Tullich was founded by Saint Nathalan in the 7th century. He also built churches at Bothelim and Colle. He was a nobleman who cultivated. He possessed a large estate, which he cultivated and distributed his harvest generously to the poor. He was one of the Apostles of that country.

Saint Nathalan is reputed to have built the first small chapel on the windswept clifftop at Cowie sometime during the 7th century.

One very rainy summer the great saint, in a moment’s weakness, cursed the rain which was hindering the harvest. In penitence for his great sin in cursing God’s creation, Saint Nathalan padlocked his right arm to his right leg, tossed the key into the River Dee and set off to walk to Rome to seek forgiveness. Upon reaching Rome he sat down to supper. However, when he cut open the fish laid before him he found the very key that he had thrown into the Dee many months previously. A pool in the river nearby is still known as “the key pool” for this reason.

Saint Nathalan died on 678.

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Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* England, USA & the Netherlands

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Fr. Meletios Webber

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From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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Through Oxford To Orthodoxy

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Archimandrite Meletios Webber, of Scottish background, was born in London, and received his Masters degree in Theology from Oxford University, England and the Thessalonica School of Theology, Greece. He also holds an E.D.D. (doctorate) in Psychotherapy from the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of two published books: Steps of Transformation; an Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (Conciliar Press, 2003); and Bread and Water, Wine and Oil; an Orthodox Christian Experience of God (Conciliar Press, 2007).

This interview was originally published in Pravoslavnie.ru.

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Fr. Meletios, could you tell us a little about your journey to Orthodoxy in Oxford, and how you became a priest?

I went to Oxford as a theology student in 1968, and very quickly found an Orthodox Church there. The parish priest at the time was Fr. Kallistos Ware, who is now Metropolitan of Diokleia, and the deacon at the time was Fr. Basil Osborne, who is now Bishop of Amphipolis. The parish in Oxford was both a Russian and a Greek one, coexisting in a small room in what had once been the house of the famous Dr. Spooner. I was immediately attracted to the quality of the stillness that I found in that small room. That has been something that I have consistently valued in the Orthodox Church ever since. It is a quality which is difficult to talk about, but it happens when one goes into a space which is so obviously God-filled. That is something that I found very important and very attractive at that time. Under the tutelage of Fr. Kallistos I became Orthodox three years later, and I was ordained a priest some three years after that in January of 1976, by Continue reading “Fr. Meletios Weber, England: Through Oxford to Orthodoxy ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* England, USA & the Netherlands”

Video: Blessing the Graves – Bright Monday in York, England

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Blessing the Graves – Bright Monday in York, England

Ο Άγιος Βαρσανούφιος της Όπτινα Ρωσίας (+1913) μας διηγείται την θαυμαστή μεταστροφή ενός Άγγλου αθέου στην Ορθοδοξία

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Ο Άγιος Βαρσανούφιος της Όπτινα Ρωσίας μας διηγείται την θαυμαστή μεταστροφή ενός Άγγλου αθέου στην Ορθοδοξία

Διηγεῖται ὁ Ἅγιος Στάρετς Βαρσανούφιος τῆς Ὄπτινα Ρωσίας (+1913):

«Κάποιος Ἄγγλος ἄθεος, ὀνόματι James, εἶχε δημοσιεύσει ἕνα κείμενο στό ὁποῖο περιγράφει τήν αἰτία τῆς μεταστροφῆς του στήν Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐκκλησία.

Σέ ἕνα περίπατό του μέ ἕνα φίλο του συνάντησαν μία Ὀρθόδοξη ἐκκλησία. Κάι ἐπειδή ὁ φίλος του ἦταν Ὀρθόδοξος θέλησε νά μπῆ νά προσκυνήση.

—Ἐπιτρέπεται νά ἔρθω καί ἐγώ μαζί σου;, τόν ρώτησε ὁ Ἰάκωβος.

—Ἀσφαλῶς.

Τήν στιγμή πού ἐκεῖνος ἀσπαζόταν τήν εἰκόνα τῆς Παναγίας, ὁ James μέ τά μάτια καρφωμένα στήν εἰκόνα, ἀπόρησε:

—Τί ἄραγε θά γίνη, ἄν τήν ἀσπαστῶ καί ἐγώ;

Δέν πρόλαβε νά ὁλοκληρώση τήν σκέψι του καί νά! Μία γυναίκα μέ ἀστραφτερά ἐνδύματα τόν πλησιάζει. Καί μέ μιά χαριτωμένη κίνησι σκέπασε τό κεφάλι του μέ τό μαφόριό της. Μία ἀπερίγραπτη ἀγαλλίασι γέμισε τήν ψυχή του. Ἀπό ἐκείνη τήν στιγμή ἄλλαξε πορεία: Πῆρε τό δρόμο πρός τό Χριστό. Χωρίς ποτέ νά ἐπιτρέψη στόν ἑαυτό του νά γυρίση πρός τά πίσω. Ἔγινε ἕνας συνειδητός Ὀρθόδοξος Χριστιανός».

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Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England – Video

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Q&A – Father Zacharias of Essex Monastery, England

Archimandrite Zacharias is a disciple of Elder Sophrony (of blessed memory), who was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos.

Presently, Fr. Zacharias is the abbot of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, England founded by Elder Sophrony.