Homily on the Beheading of the Holy Forerunner of the Lord, John

St. John the Baptist. Fragment. Alvise Vivarini, 1475Once Jerusalem and all Judea were astir with the news that a new prophet had appeared, never before seen, and frightening. This man called out to the crowd around him, “Repent!” The unrighteous in their fright said to the prophet, “Do you want us to give you gold? Just shut up, you’re wounding us, it’s like our consciences are gnawing at us.” “I don’t need gold, you generation of vipers,” the prophet answered. “I have what is more precious than gold.” The righteous also came to John and said, “Do you want us to give you gold for the lessons you have given us on how to be righteous?” John replied, “I am living and speaking with you, brothers, for your own sakes, and not for the sake of your gold. I don’t need it.” And so rumors were spread about John that he knows no fear and spares no one. And John even reproached the iniquity of Herodias, Herods’ wife. She too sent him gold, but the prophet wrathfully rejected the dirty adulteress’s gold.

Newest American Saints Sebastian and Mardarije

To The Glory of God The Father: The Lives of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville  and Chicago and Saint Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson and Their  Selected WritingsSeptember 5, 2020, is the 5th anniversary of the canonization of Sts. Sebastian and Mardary, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries in North America.

The glorification from the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church came in response to a prayerful plea of many Orthodox people through the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

This book, prologued by Serbian Patriarch Irinej, contains the lives of the two new Saints of the Church who were granted to the North American continent through the Serbian Orthodox Church. The main incentive for publishing the book comes from the desire to refresh the memory on these Christ-like people. Holy Bishop Mardarije and Venerable Sebastian were the best examples of servant leadership in our recent history in the USA.

With each book purchase we will send you a small wood dyptich of Sts. Sebastian and Mardary!

The annual commemorations of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville, Bishop of America-Canada, and Saint Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson are observed on November 29/December 12 and November

This book is an easy 157-page read, written by Dragoslav Dragutinovic in Serbian. It includes all major aspects of St. Mardary’s life. Although most of us know of his poverty and health issues, fewer of us may be aware of his challenges in Russia.

His truly missionary work extended from the very end of Eastern Europe in distant Russia to the very western end of even more distant America.

Source: Western American Diocese

International Photo competition “Colours of Orthodoxy. Finland”

Competition is organized by the Orthodox Church of Finland, and the Publishing Department of the Polish Orthodox Church. The contest is organized to present the diversity and beauty of Orthodoxy in Finland. Through this contest, which will culminate with an album and an exhibition, we would like to present for wider audience Christian life in Finland. We are looking for images in these categories: Churches (architecture, frescos, crosses, tombs, landscape), People (ordained and lay, portrait, etc.), Reportage (Church events, pilgrimages, feasts, etc.). Entering the competition is free of charge. Due to Coronavius pandemics we encourage participants to look through their archives. If you sent your application before 31st of May you will not lose your limits. All entries must be received by September 4th, 2020.

Best wishes to Patriarch Irinej on his 90th birthday

For many years, most Holiness!

In addition to the hierarchs, clergy and monks of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej received on the occasion of his 90th birthday, best wishes from His Holiness Bartholomew, Patriarch of Constantinople; His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; His Beatitude Daniel, Romanian Patriarch; His Beatitude Rastislav, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia and His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. Pope Francis has also expressed best wishes to the Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

Most of the temples that were built in Pontus, have become mosques today

Most of the temples that were built in Pontus, have become mosques today
Most of the temples that were built in Pontus, have become mosques today
Most of the temples that were built in Pontus, have become mosques today
Most of the temples that were built in Pontus, have become mosques today

Today, like in the last two millennia, temples are being built to glorify the Creator, but also to alleviate the pain of our hearts as Christians, seeking even a small understanding of life through the Holy Spirit.  Temples were once built in Pontus, where prayers, Divine Liturgies, baptisms and funeral services were held. As history would have it, the Greek ancestors were expelled.