Saint Martyr Peter the Aleut of Alaska & San Francisco, California, USA (+1815)

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Saint Martyr Peter the Aleut of Alaska

& San Francisco, California, USA (+1815)

The holy martyr Peter the Aleut (or Cungagnaq in his native tongue) was a native aleut of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

When missionaries came from Russia, the Aleutians were baptized by the hundreds, and at baptism he was given the name Peter. St. Peter is believed to have been baptized by Saint Herman himself, since he knew the Holy Saint personally.

In 1815 a group of Aleut seal and otter hunters, including Peter, were captured by Spanish sailors while on an excursion near fort Ross. The Roman Catholics took them to Mission Dolores in San Francisco for interrogation, as they were angry with the Russians for encroaching on “their territory.” With threats of torture, the Roman Catholic priests in California attempted to force the Aleuts to deny their Orthodox faith and to convert to Roman Catholicism.

 

When the Aleuts refused, the priest had a toe severed from each of Peter’s feet. Peter still refused to renounce his faith and the Spanish priest ordered a group of California Native Americans to cut off each finger of Peter’s hands, one joint at a time, finally removing both his hands. They eventually disemboweled him, crowning his life with martyrdom. They were about to torture the next Aleut when orders were received to release them under escort to their monastery in Monterey.

Upon receiving the report of Peter’s death from Simeon Yanovsky, St. Herman back on Kodiak Island was moved to cry out, “Holy new-martyr Peter, pray to God for us!” Peter the Aleut was formally declared a saint as the “Martyr of San Francisco” in 1980. We have the account of St. Peter’s martyrdom from Simeon Yanovsky as related him by St. Peter’s cellmate who escaped torture. Simeon Yanovsky ended his life as the schemamonk Sergius in the St. Tikhon of Kaluga Monastery), and is the author of The Life of St. Herman of Alaska.

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The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, CA, USA & Australia

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

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The Gift of Orthodoxy

by Elizabeth Huestis, USA & Australia

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

St. Paul speaks of being “an Apostle out of due time” in the sense that he did not know Jesus first-hand, and did not travel around with Jesus the way that the other Apostles did. Yet God chose him particularly to have a special and useful place in the Church. In the same way, converts are not natural inheritors of Orthodoxy in the same way as are those people born in traditionally Orthodox countries and cultures. But God takes us from all sorts of places, adopting us in a special way, making us a part of His Church in a way that we would have no natural inherited right to. (Someone born Greek or Serbian or Russian would normally inherit Orthodoxy.)

Because God has chosen to give us Orthodoxy outside of normal means, perhaps we tend to cherish it more and also to feel the obligation to share it with those who do not have the gift and also to help those who have inherited it to understand and appreciate it better. This becomes more true when in retrospect it is possible to see that our becoming Orthodox was not just a Continue reading “The Gift of Orthodoxy – Elizabeth Huestis, CA, USA & Australia”

Lance Goldsberry, USA: Why I Became Orthodox – A Personal Story & Testimony

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USA OF MY HEART

Lance Goldsberry, USA:

 Why I Became Orthodox – A Personal Story & Testimony

From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

Source:

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

On January 31st, 2010, one day after my 50th birthday, I was received into the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church of the East at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I became Orthodox Christian after 20 years journey of studying Orthodoxy. I was raised Roman Catholic, and went to parochial school for 12 years. I am grateful for my Roman Catholic upbringing; I learned who Jesus was, I believe I knew the Christ, but I did not always follow Him in my life.

After wasting a few years in adolescence and young adulthood smoking marijuanna and living a generally aimless life, I had a “born again” experience through the Catholic Charismatic movement. It was real in the sense that I repented of my sins and re-directed my life to Christ, and gave up drinking and drug use.

Shortly thereafter, I began attending independent charismatic churches, and left the Catholic faith. The churches I went to were very fundamentalistic. I got burned out after spending a few years in one fellowship in particular, where the leadership of untrained ”elders” exercised a very authoritarian and spiritually abusive kind of authority. After a failed marriage, I tried a number of Continue reading “Lance Goldsberry, USA: Why I Became Orthodox – A Personal Story & Testimony”

Ο Καναδός Charles Taylor Καθηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου McGill του Montreal περί της Ορθόδοξης Θείας Λειτουργίας

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CANADA OF MY HEART

O Καναδός Charles Taylor, Καθηγητής Πολιτικής Επιστήμης και Φιλοσοφίας στό Πανεπιστήμιο McGill του Montral του Καναδά μας αναφέρει:

«Ένας φίλος με έπεισε να παρακολουθήσω τη Θεία Λειτουργία του Πάσχα, στον Καθεδρικό Ναό της Ρωσικής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας των Αγίων Πέτρου και Παύλου, στο Montreal. Αυτή η διαφορετική εκδοχή του Χριστιανισμού, σε σχέση με το γνώριμό μου Καθολικισμό, με συγκίνησε βαθειά».

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Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland – Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche – Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie – German video

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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland

Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche

╰⊰¸¸.•¨* 

Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus

und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie

Zwölf Jahre zog der schweizer Publizist Klaus Kenneth auf der Suche nach der Spiritualität, Frieden und Liebe durch Europa, Asien und Südamerika. Der Weg war gefährlich und voll Enttäuschungen, Hass, Drogen und Tod. Leer und enttäuscht von Philosophien, Lehren und Religionen kehrte Kenneth zurück, und fand die Wahrheit in der orthodoxen Kirche. Seinen langen Weg hin zur einen Kirche schrieb er in seinem Lebensbericht, “Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche” nieder.

Αφρικανή Ρωμαιοκαθολική στο Κονγκό βαπτίζεται Ορθόδοξη μετά από εμφάνιση Αγίου όπου της είπε οτι η Αληθινή Εκκλησία είναι η Ορθοδοξία

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

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Αφρικανή Ρωμαιοκαθολική στο Κονγκό

βαπτίζεται Ορθόδοξη μετά από εμφάνιση Αγίου όπου της είπε οτι

η Αληθινή Εκκλησία είναι η Ορθοδοξία

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SAINTS OF MY HEART

«Τό Μάρτιο τοῦ 1991 ὁ Προϊστάμενος τοῦ Ἱεραποστολικοῦ ἔργου του Κονγκό, Κολουέζι, π. Μελέτιος εἶχε πάει στό Λικάσι γιά νά τελέση τό σαρανταλείτουργο μνημόσυνο τῆς Ἑλληνίδος Σοφίας… Ἕνα ἀπόγευμα βάδιζε στό δρόμο μέ κατεύθυνσι τόν Ἱερό Ναό τοῦ Τιμίου Προδρόμου. Ἀπό πίσω τόν ἀκολουθοῦσε μιά ἰθαγενής κυρία. Τόν πρόφθασε, τοῦ ζήτησε συγγνώμη καί τοῦ ἀφηγήθηκε τά ἑξῆς: “Πάτερ, εἶμαι μιά Χριστιανή Ρωμαιοκαθολική στό θρήσκευμα. Κάθε μέρα παρακαλῶ τό Θεό νά μέ ὁδηγήση στή σωτηρία τῆς ψυχῆς μου. Μιά νύκτα εἶδα ἕνα ὄνειρο. Εἶδα ἕναν ἱερέα, πού φοροῦσε τά δικά σας ροῦχα. Εἶχε γένεια καί τό πρόσωπό του φαινόταν πολύ λαμπρό. Μέ πλησίασε καί μοῦ μιλοῦσε στή γλῶσσα μου, πρᾶγμα τό ὁποῖο μέ παραξένεψε, διότι πρώτη φορά τόν ἔβλεπα. Μοῦ ἔδειξε καί μιά Ἐκκλησία καί μοῦ εἶπε τά ἑξῆς: Ἐπειδή μέ δάκρυα ζητᾶς τή σωτηρία σου, νά αὐτή τήν ὁποία βλέπεις εἶναι ἡ ἀληθινή Ἐκκλησία. Σ᾽ αὐτή θά πᾶς καί θά σοῦ πῆ ὁ ἱερεύς τί θά κάνης γιά νά βαπτισθῆς”.

Ὁ π. Μελέτιος τήν ἄκουγε μέ ἐνδιαφέρον, ὥσπου ἔφθασαν καί στήν Ἐκκλησία τοῦ Ἁγίου Προδρόμου. Τότε αὐτή ἡ γυναίκα ἀνεφώνησε. “Νά αὐτή εἶναι ἡ Ἐκκλησία τήν ὁποία εἶδα στόν ὕπνο μου”. Καί ἄρχισε νά κλαίη ἀπό τή χαρά καί τή συγκίνησί της ζητώντας να βαπτιστεί Ορθόδοξη…».

ΠΗΓΗ:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Ἀντιαιρετικά Ἐφόδια

ἐκδ. Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Σταμάτα Ἀττικῆς 2013

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Fr. Constantine Simon, USA & Italy, 2014: Vatican Ex-Advisor Converts to Orthodoxy and Becomes a Monk in Moscow Monastery

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ITALY OF MY HEART

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Fr. Constantine Simon, USA & Italy, 2014:

Vatican Ex-Advisor Converts to Orthodoxy and

Becomes a Monk in Moscow Monastery

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Former Jesuit professor and Vatican advisor converts to Orthodoxy.

Rector of the High Monastery of St. Peter in Moscow Hegumen Peter (Yeremeyev) headed the ceremony of taking monastic vows of priest Constantine Simon.

He adopted Orthodoxy in 2014, after 34 years of priestly ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. With Patriarch Kirill’s blessing Father Constantine joined the fraternity of the High Monastery of St. Peter and before taking monastic vows he worked in churches of the convent, the monastery press service told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.

Father Constantine was Doctor of Philosophy and professor of Slavic and Russian History in the Pontifical Oriental Institute (Rome), he was its vice rector, member of Jesuit Order, advisor of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Hieromonk Constantine (Simon) was born in 1955 in New Jersey (the USA) to a family of Orthodox and Protestants. He dedicated his life to studying history of the Orthodox Church, constantly cooperated with Russian and other Slavic communities of Europe, and lectured Church History in various universities of the world.