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Saint Adamnan of Iona

Saint Bride Hermitage, ROCOR Scotland


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




Ryan Hunter

Setauket, New York, USA

Brotherhood of the Holy Cross

East Setauket, Long Island, NY, USA

Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery


Why Orthodoxy?


Ryan Hunter

(Part 1-14)




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”

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


The ancient Cowie Church of St Nathalan in Scotland

7th century


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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Saint Bride Hermitage

An Orthodox Hermitage in Scotland

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We are a small monastic skete of the Russian Orthodox Church in the British Isles. We are especially blessed to celebrate the ancient British liturgy of Saint John the Divine as well as the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.





Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy in Isle of Iona


Interior in a pre-schism chapel

At Bickleigh in Devon





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Ορθόδοξοι προσκυνητές στην Νήσο Iona της Σκωτίας το 2012


Άγιος Κολούμπα της Νήσου Iona της Σκωτίας (+597)

9 Ιουνίου, +597

“Στην Αϊόνα της καρδιάς μου,

στην Αϊόνα που αγαπώ,

αντί για τη φωνή των μοναχών,

θα ακούγεται το μούγκρισμα των κοπαδιών.

Μα πριν φθάσει το τέλος του κόσμου,

η Αϊόνα θα ξαναγίνει όπως ήταν”

Προφητεία Αγίου Κολούμπα της Νήσου Αϊόνα της Σκωτίας (+597)

Ορθόδοξοι προσκυνητές στην Νήσο Iona της Σκωτίας το 2012

Τόποι ιεροί, τόποι αγιασμένοι. Για τον Ορθόδοξο Χριστιανό τέτοιοι τόποι σηματοδοτούν στιγμές προσκυνήματος, λατρείας, πνευματικής ανάπαυσης και μυστικής αναζήτησης. Η ελληνική γη, ευλογημένη από κατάσπαρτα μαρτύρια, μοναστήρια, ασκηταριά και ξωκλήσια, καλεί διαρκώς τον Χριστιανό σ’ ένα αδιάλειπτο προσκύνημα. Κάθε ιερός τόπος γίνεται αφορμή συνάντησης γης και ουρανού. Μια μικρή έξοδος από τον κόσμο και πρόγευση της ουράνιας πατρίδας.

Πρώτοι προσκυνητές, εκείνοι οι άνδρες και οι γυναίκες, που, οδηγημένοι από το Πνεύμα, αναζήτησαν τόπους άσκησης, προσευχής, πάλης των παθών και θείας συνάντησης. Στα βήματα της δικής τους «εξορίας» ψάχνουμε και μείς, διψασμένες ψυχές, τη δική μας συνάντηση με τον Θεό, μακριά από τη φασαρία των καιρών.

Τη συνάντηση αυτή αναζήτησε μια ομάδα κάπου 40 προσκυνητών, που ταξίδεψαν απ’ όλα τα μήκη και πλάτη της γης για να βρεθούν σ’ έναν τέτοιο ιερό τόπο. Έναν τόπο αγιασμένο, που η πορεία της ιστορίας μέσα στους αιώνες, θέλησε να ξεχαστεί -μόνο πρόσκαιρα- στη συνείδηση της μαχόμενης Εκκλησίας. Για τους Ορθοδόξους αυτούς από την Αριζόνα και τη Σιβηρία, τη Νέα Ζηλανδία και την Ολλανδία, το Continue reading “Ορθόδοξοι προσκυνητές στην Νήσο Iona της Σκωτίας το 2012”