Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Monastery, Gunningrah, New South Wales, Australia





Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Monastery, Gunningrah, New South Wales, Australia

Richardsons Road, Gunningrah, New South Wales, NSW 2632 Australia

Email: htmonastery@westnet.com.au
Tel.: +61 (0) (2) 6458 3009

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ιερά Μονή Αγίου Ανδρέα στο Yanggu της Νότιας Κορέας


KOREA OF MY HEART

Η Ορθοδοξία στην Κορέα



Ιερά Μονή Αγίου Ανδρέα στο Yanggu της Νότιας Κορέας

Διεύθυνση: Palang-ri 4 ban Yanggu-gun Gangwon-do, Korea

Τηλέφωνο: +82 033 481 5740









Thursday, June 27, 2019

St. Bega’s Orthodox Church in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, England - Christ Won The Battle & Made My Heart Orthodox – An Interview With Fr. John Musther of Cumbria, England



HEAVEN ON EARTH - ORTHODOXY



St. Bega’s Orthodox Church in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, England




Christ Won The Battle and Made My Heart Orthodox

An Interview With Fr. John Musther of Cumbria, England


Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2015/03/christ-won-the-battle-and-made-my-heart-orthodox/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Fr. John Musther, an Orthodox Englishman, serves in the Orthodox missionary parish of Sts. Bega, Mungo and Herbert in Keswick, Cumbria, North West England. His community, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, is part of the ancient tradition of the Orthodox Church. The congregation is a living witness of the truth of Holy Orthodoxy to the people living nearby.

In the first millennium, before the Norman Conquest, Church in Britain and in Ireland was in full communion with the universal Orthodox Church, both East and West. Then the differences between Eastern and Western Church were relatively minor, most of them limited to local traditions. Yet striving for holiness was the same.

During that time the peoples of Britain and Ireland gave the world thousands of saints, men and women, kings and queens, martyrs, bishops and abbots, hermits and missionaries. The whole land of Britain retains the memory of the ancient saints of these islands. A great number of early shrines and holy sites are scattered all over Britain and Ireland.

Cumbria, where Fr. John lives, is one of the largest and least densely populated counties in England. The Lake District, part of Cumbria, is one of the most picturesque regions in England, with breath-taking views from the hills. The Lake District is justly famous for many beautiful lakes, hills and forests, and for centuries was inspiring poets and writers, musicians and painters.

In the first millennium Cumbria developed rather separately from the rest of England, and had more links with Wales than with the seven historic Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Christian life of its inhabitants had been influenced by many traditions – Roman, Celtic (Welsh, Irish and Scottish), Saxon and even Norse. Material traces of all of these can be found today.

The Church tradition holds that St. Patrick, Apostle of the Irish, was born here. This region draws people by its magic beauty and tranquillity—and by its very rich early Christian heritage. Thanks be to God, that the revival of Orthodox Faith and rediscovering of nearly forgotten local saints and shrines is becoming a reality because of people like Fr. John Musther.

Fr. John, how did you become Orthodox?

I met Fr. Sophrony (Sakharov). I was a student at University College London reading for a law degree. It was early 1961 if I remember correctly. At any rate Fr. Sophrony had only recently arrived at the Old Rectory at Tolleshunt Knights, Essex. I knew just a little about Christianity through the Church of England but nothing about Orthodoxy. On Sunday afternoon after the Ninth Hour he invited me into his study while the tea was being made and asked me: what was the purpose of the Christian life? He spoke so gently and when I said that I didn’t know, he simply said, ‘the purpose of the Christian life is to ask the Lord Jesus to send the Holy Spirit into our hearts that he may cleanse us and make us more like Christ’.

I sat there dumbfounded. My hair stood on end. I had never heard of such a thing. I had no questions. I knew that what he had told me was the truth of his own heart. The only response was to be still and receive the precious gift he was giving me.

His statement was a complete summary of the Scriptures. It was the Word of God to me. It changed the direction of my life. The power of that word still urges me on.

He told me to read, “The Undistorted Image.” Again I felt completely poleaxed. It was like death. How could a man live like this?

I struggled with the Greek culture of the churches at that time. It was also many years before I could overcome the Protestant spirit that I found in me. Then one day I woke up and felt all my objections had fallen away. Christ had won the battle and had made my heart Orthodox. I discovered I was living near the late Fr. Sergei Hackel’s parish in Lewes in Sussex. He prepared myself and my wife Jenny for Chrismation in 2003.

Please, tell us about your parish.

The two of us moved to Cumbria in 2007 but not before I had been made a deacon with the mandate to see if there were any Orthodox in the area. We had bought a small cottage in Keswick which needed a lot of refurbishment. As the daily offices had already become part of our life we had the

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Ρωσικό Ορθόδοξο παρεκκλήσι του Αγίου Γεωργίου – Ένας κρυμμένος θησαυρός στο Skoltebyen της Νορβηγίας



Ρωσικό Ορθόδοξο παρεκκλήσι του Αγίου Γεωργίου

Ένας κρυμμένος θησαυρός στο Skoltebyen της Νορβηγίας

Αναφέρει η Dian H. από το Grimstad της Νορβηγίας:

Το παρεκκλήσι χτίστηκε περίπου γύρω στο 1565, το οποίο ήταν κεντρικό σημείο για τις Ρωσικές Ορθόδοξες εκκλησιαστικές δραστηριότητες. Αυτό το ξύλινο κτίριο δεν είναι ούτε ψηλό ούτε ευρύχωρο. Είναι περίπου 16 m2. Το παρεκκλήσι, μαζί με την γύρω περιοχή που ονομάζεται Skoltebyen, είναι προστατευόμενη περιοχή. Κοντά στην πύλη υπάρχουν ενημερωτικά φυλλάδια μέσα σε μεταλλικό κιβώτιο στη φιλανδική και ρωσική γλώσσα. Το παρεκκλήσι είναι κρυμμένο από τον κεντρικό δρόμο Ε6. Πρέπει να περπατήσετε, ακολουθώντας το μονοπάτι. Αν το επισκεφθήτε το καλοκαίρι, το γρασίδι θα είναι πολύ ψηλό. Ο σύζυγός μου δέχθηκε «επιθέσεις κουνουπιών». Εάν είστε ευαίσθητοι στα κουνούπια, χρησιμοποιήστε το απωθητικό κουνουπιών πριν περπατήσετε σε αυτήν την περιοχή.

Πηγή:


https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g667765-d8787990-Reviews-St_George_Chapel-Neiden_Sor_Varanger_Municipality_Finnmark_Northern_Norway.html#REVIEWS

Monday, June 10, 2019

Kaart met alle orthodoxe kerken en kapellen in Nederland ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch


NETHERLANDS OF MY HEART



Kaart met alle orthodoxe kerken en kapellen in Nederland


AMERSFOORT

Heilige Cornelius de Honderdman:
http://www.orthodox-amersfoort.nl

Moeder van God:
http://rum-orthodox.de/gemeinden/amersfoort/

ARNHEM

HH. Basilius de Grote en Ludger:
http://parohiaarnhem.freewb.ro

Moeder Gods Bescherming:
http://www.orthodox-arnhem.nl/index-nl.html

AMSTERDAM

H. Katharina – zie website:
http://www.orthodoxekerk.net       

Heilige Maria van Egypte:
http://www.hmvekerk.nl

Heilige Nikolaas van Myra:
http://www.orthodox.nl

Sf. Ioan Gura de Aur:
http://www.bisericaamsterdam.nl/nl_index.html

ASTEN

Klooster van de Geboorte van de Moeder Gods:
http://www.orthodoxasten.nl

BREDA

Heilige Myrondraagsters:
http://www.orthodoxekerkbreda.nl       

H. Nektarios:
http://www.svetinektarijeeginski.com

DEVENTER

Heilige Eersttronende Apostelen Petrus en Paulus:
http://petrusenpaulus.eu

EINDHOVEN

Heilige Nektarios van Egina:
http://www.orthodox-eindhoven.nl

Sf. Cuvioasa Parascheva van Iaşi:
http://www.biserica-eindhoven.nl

EMMER-COMPASCUUM

Geboorte van de Alheilige Moeder Gods:
http://www.pravoslavlje.nl

GOES

Heilige Grootmartelares Anastasia:
http://www.bisericazeeland.nl       

GORINCHEM

Heilige Maximos de Belijder:
https://orthodox-gorinchem.blogspot.nl

GRONINGEN

Heilige Transfiguratie:
http://www.orthodoxekerkgroningen.nl       

Heilige Apostel en Evangelist Johannes:
http://www.bisericagroningen.nl

DEN HAAG

Heilige Joannes de Doper:
http://www.johannesdevoorloper.nl

Heilige Maria Magdalena:
http://www.rus-kerkdenhaag.nl

Heilige Eerbiedwaardige Païsiï Hilendarski en de Heilige Aartsengelen Michaël en Gabriël:
http://www.bgorthodoxekerk.nl

H.Bonifatius en H.Xenia van St. Petersburg:
http://www.orthodoxdenhaag.nl

HEMELUM

Heilige Nikolaas de Wonderdoener:
http://www.kloosterhemelum.nl

ST. HUBERT 

Heilige Profeet Elias:
http://www.eliasklooster.nl

KOLLUMERPOMP

Heilige Panteleimon:
http://www.orthodoxfriesland.nl

LEEUWARDEN

parochie:
http://kloosterhemelum.nl/nl/diensten/diensten-in-leeuwarden

MAASTRICHT 

H. Johannes Chrysostomos en Servatios:
http://www.destem-maastricht.nl

Missie van de H. Apostel Thomas:
http://www.facebook.com/OBHeiligeApostelThomas     

NIJMEGEN

Heilige Theophano - zie website:
http://www.orthodoxekerk.net

Heilige Sava:
http://www.spc-nijmegen.nl

Hl. Tichon, patriarch van Moskou:
http://www.orthodox-nijmegen.nl

ROTTERDAM

H. Rechtgelovige Grootvorst Alexander Nevskij:
http://www.ruskerk.nl


Heilige Drie-eenheid:
http://svetatrojicaroterdam.com

Heilige Nikolaos:
http://www.agiosnikolaos.nl

SCHIEDAM

Heilige Gregorios de Theoloog:
http://www.biserica.nl

TILBURG 

Heilige Porfirius:
http://orthodox-tilburg.nl

UTRECHT

Verkondiging aan de Moeder Gods:
http://www.orthodox-utrecht.nl

Heilige Simeon de Myronvloeiende:
http://www.pravoslavlje.nl

VIANEN-EVERDINGEN

HH. Constantijn en Helena:
http://www.biserica.nl

VLISSINGEN

Heilige Grootvorst Lazarus van Servië:
http://www.orthodoxekerkvlissingen.com

ZAANDAM

Heilige Nikolaas van Myra:
http://pravoslavna-crkva-nl.xl.rs

ZWOLLE
Heilige Aartsengel Michael:
http://orthodoxekerkzwolle.nl
Heilige Grootmartelares Catharina en de Heilige Theodora van Sihla
(i.o.)

Friday, June 7, 2019

A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla, Abbess of Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion in North Yorkshire, England


HEAVEN ON EARTH - ORTHODOXY


A letter to a new convert by Mother Thekla,

Abbess of  Orthodox Monastery of the Assumpion

in North Yorkshire, England

Mother Thekla, who died on Aug. 7, 2011 at aged 93, was the last surviving nun to have occupied the enclosed Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption in North Yorkshire, but became better known to the wider world as the spiritual muse of the composer Sir John Tavener. Mother Thekla wrote the following letter in 2009, when she was 91 years old. You can read more about her here.

* * *

Dear “John”,

I understand that you are on the way to becoming Orthodox. I know nothing about you, beyond the fact that you are English.

Before we go any further, there is one point I should make clear. I have not been told why you are about to convert, but I assure you there is no point whatsoever if it is for negative reasons. You will find as much “wrong” (if not more) in Orthodoxy as in the Anglican or Roman Churches.

So – the first point is, are you prepared to face lies, hypocrisy, evil and all the rest, just as much in Orthodoxy as in any other religion or denomination?

Are you expecting a kind of earthly paradise with plenty of incense and the right kind of music?

Do you expect to go straight to heaven if you cross yourself slowly, pompously and in the correct form from the right side?

Have you a cookery book with all the authentic Russian recipes for Easter festivities?

Are you an expert in kissing three times on every possible or improper occasion?

Can you prostrate elegantly without dropping a variety of stationery out of your pockets?

OR…..

Have you read the Gospels?

Have you faced Christ crucified? In the spirit have you attended the Last Supper – the meaning of Holy Communion?

AND….

Are you prepared, in all humility, to understand that you will never, in this life, know beyond Faith; that Faith means accepting the Truth without proof. Faith and knowledge are the ultimate contradiction –and the ultimate absorption into each other.

Living Orthodoxy is based on paradox, which is carried on into worship – private or public.

We know because we believe and we believe because we know.

Above all, are you prepared to accept all things as from God?

If we are meant, always, to be “happy”, why the Crucifixion? Are you prepared, whatever happens, to believe that somewhere, somehow, it must make sense? That does not mean passive endurance, but it means constant vigilance, listening, for what is demanded; and above all, Love.

Poor, old, sick, to our last breath, we can love. Not sentimental nonsense so often confused with love, but the love of sacrifice – inner crucifixion of greed, envy, pride.

And never confuse love with sentimentality.

And never confuse worship with affectation.

Be humble – love, even when it is difficult. Not sentimental so called love – And do not treat church worship as a theatrical performance!

I hope that some of this makes sense,

With my best wishes,
Mother Thekla
(sometime Abbess of the Monastery of the Assumption, Normanby)

Source:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com

https://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/01/mother-theklas-letter-to-a-new-convert/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Ορθόδοξες Εκκλησίες στη Νότια Αμερική: Αργεντινή, Βραζιλία, Χιλή, Παραγουάη, Ουρουγουάη, Βενεζουέλα



Ορθόδοξες Εκκλησίες στη Νότια Αμερική: 

Αργεντινή, Βραζιλία, Χιλή, Παραγουάη, Ουρουγουάη, Βενεζουέλα

Πατριαρχείο Μόσχας

ROCOR

Eastern Orthodox Parishes in South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela – ROCOR



Eastern Orthodox Parishes in South America:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

Russian Orthodox Church Out of Russia

ROCOR