Τρίτη, 24 Απριλίου 2018

Église orthodoxe Saint-Georges de Tunis


L'église orthodoxe Saint-Georges de Tunis est une église orthodoxe de la ville de Tunis (Tunisie).
Située en plein cœur de la ville, sur la rue de Rome, elle est édifiée par la communauté grecque de Tunis, à l'emplacement d'un ancien cimetière chrétien.
Inauguré le 7 janvier 1901, l'édifice présente un aspect gracieux avec ses coupoles en forme de bulbe.
Voir aussi 

The Ancient Christianity (Orthodox Church) in Tunisia
St. George the Great Martyr & Trophy-bearer (April 23th)
L’héritage de la tradition chrétienne orthodoxe dans l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui Historique de l’accueil de la tradition de l’Église orthodoxe dans les pays d’Afrique subsaharienne au début du XXe siècle    
Patriarcat grec Orthodoxe d’Alexandrie et de toute l’Afrique  


Κυριακή, 22 Απριλίου 2018

St. George the Great Martyr & Trophy-bearer (April 23th)

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Kenya, with the holy icon of St George (from here)

Orthodox nuns in Uganda & the Patriarch of Alexandria & all Africa with the holy icon of St George (from here)

Holy Glorious Great Martyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George (303 A.D.), a symbol of anticolonialism

Selected miracles of St. George the Trophy-bearer to Muslims (& three orthodox christian churches of St George in Africa)

Photo: The Ecumenican Patriarch with Pope & Patriarch of Alexandria & all Africa in the historical Orthodox Church of St George in Cairo, April 2017 (from here

Saint George to emperor Diocletian: “You will grow tired of tormenting me sooner than I will tire of being tormented by you.”  

The Orthodox Church of St George in Cairo (from here

The historical Orthodox Church of St George in Tunis (from here). 
More about the Ancient Christianity (Orthodox Church) in Tunisia here.

Flag of the Greek Revolution of 1821 with St George and Prophet Elias (from here)

Παρασκευή, 20 Απριλίου 2018

A Protestant missionary asked "Who brought you the Gospel?"

Icon: Ancient (Orthodox) Saints from Africa (holy icon from South Africa)

St. Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission

Once, not too long ago, a Protestant missionary to the Middle East came to a little Christian village in the desert. He struck up a conversation with a young man, and asked, in the boy’s language “Son, do you know about Jesus Christ?”
The young man responded and said “Of course! Everybody in this village is a Christian!”
The evangelist, delighted, inquired “Wonderful! Who brought you the Gospel? The Lighthouse Baptists? The Presbyterian Gospel Coalition? Lutheran World Missions?”
The young man responded and said “You know, I actually don’t know. Everybody has been a Christian here for as long as I can remember. Let me ask the village elders.”
The young man then walked over to a group of old men sitting under a shade tree, drinking Arak and trying to keep cool. He spoke to them in their language briefly, and walked back over to the missionary.
“They said it was St Paul”.

The Orthodox mission [in Madagascar] guides several villages and settlements, some of them are fully converted to Orthodoxy. One of them is the village Ambovandramanesi. It is one of the first villages visited by Father Nectarios. It has one of the strongest Orthodox communities. This is confirmed by a case which happened here.
Once there came to the village two American Baptist missionaries. They sermonized for three days. Finally they promised to build a church, a school, and a hospital if everyone were converted. But the elder of the village speaking for all of the locals answered them: "We could demand your departure at the very first day, but we listened to what you wanted to say. Now, when you have finished your sermon, we ask you to leave our village and never come back. We don't need your churches, schools and hospitals as we are Orthodox Christians". The locals were not christened at the time and had not given a promise to build something. [From the post
The Orthodox Christian Church in Madagascar]

See also

During the time that Luther and Calvin were formulating the Reformation...  
 Image from here

Two Fathers of Church about Easter & Human!...


Orthodox Diacons from Ivory Coast (from here)
"As you see, He offers you a Shepherd; for this is what your Good Shepherd,
who lays down his life for his sheep, is hoping and praying for, and he asks from you his subjects; and he gives you himself double instead of single, and makes the staff of his old age a staff for your spirit. And he adds to the inanimate temple a living one; to that exceedingly beautiful and heavenly shrine, this poor and small one, yet to him of great value, and built too with much sweat and many labours. Would that I could say it is worthy of his labours. And he places at your disposal all that belongs to him (O great generosity!- or it would be truer to say, O fatherly love!) his hoar hairs, his youth, the temple, the high priest, the testator, the heir, the discourses which you were longing for; and of these not such as are vain and poured out into the air, and which reach no further than the outward ear; but those which the Spirit writes and engraves on tables of stone, or of flesh, not merely superficially graven, nor easily to be rubbed off, but marked very deep, not with ink, but with grace."

St. Gregory the Theologian, On the Resurrection.
St. Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission

"Whosoever is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful bright Festival..."

Paschal Homily or St John Chrysostom ( +407CE) 

"Whosoever is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful bright Festival. And whosoever is a grateful servant, let him joyously enter into the joy of his Lord. And if any be weary with fasting, let him now receive his reward. If any has toiled from the first hour let him receive his just debt. If any came after the third let him gratefully celebrate. If any arrived after the sixth, let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. If any have delayed to the ninth, let him come without hesitation. If any arrived only at the eleventh hour, let him not be afraid by reason of his delay; for the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first. He gives rest to him who arrives at the eleventh hour, as well as him, who has laboured from the first. He is merciful to the one who delays and nourishes the first. He gives also to the one, and to the other He is gracious. He accepts the works, as He greets the endeavour, He honours the deed, and the intent He commends.
Let all of you then enter into the joy of your Lord. The first and second enjoy your reward. You rich and poor, rejoice together. You temperate and you heedless, honour the day. You who fasted, and you who did not, rejoice today. The table is richly laden. All of you, fare sumptuously on it. The Calf is a fatted one; let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith. All of you enjoy the riches of His goodness. Let no one grieve poverty; for the universal Kingdom has been revealed. 
Let no one grieve over sins; for forgiveness has dawned from the tomb. Let no one fear death; for the Death of our Saviour has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. 
He despoiled Hades, when He descended thereto. He embittered it, having tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he cried out: “You, O Hades, have been embittered by encountering Him below.” It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was annihilated. It was embittered, for it is now made captive. It took a body, and, lo, it discovered God. It took earth and, behold! It encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it could not see. O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are annihilated. Christ is risen, and the demons have fallen. Christ is risen, and the Angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life is liberated. Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead; for Christ, having risen from the dead, has become the first fruits of those that who fall asleep. To Him be the glory and the dominion to the Ages of Ages.


"True freedom is to choose the better in the light of truth..."


Death to the World (About)

Some people by the word freedom understand the ability to do whatever one wants... People who have the more allowed themselves to come into slavery to sins, passions, and defilements more often than others appear as zealots of external freedom, wanting to broaden the laws as much as possible. But such a man uses external freedom only to more severely burden himself with inner slavery.
True freedom is the active ability of a man who is not enslaved to sin, who is not pricked by a condemning conscience, to choose the better in the light of God's truth, and to bring it into actuality with the help of the gracious power of God. This is the freedom of which neither heaven nor earth are restrict. 

+St. Philaret of Moscow

From here: "...For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity... They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers... They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven."

-Epistle to Diognetus 5, discussing the behavior of Christians. The only tribe we belong to, is the heavenly one. Beware of those who teach otherwise.

Kenya (from here & here)
See also

About Richard-Spyros Hagabimana, an Orthodox Christian of Burundi
Orthodox Mission in Tropical Africa (& the Decolonization of Africa)
Ancient Christian faith (Orthodox Church) in Africa
"THE WAY" - An Introduction to the Orthodox Faith
Theosis (deification): The True Purpose of Human Life
The holy anarchists... in the Egyptian Desert

Why I’m not an atheist
Punks to Monks: Effects of the Last True Rebellion (Video)

Τρίτη, 17 Απριλίου 2018

The Wisdom of the Orthodox Church in the Orthodox African Americans (2 videos)

Fr. Paul Abernathy pastors a mission parish in the Hill District of Pittsbrugh, PA. This video is from before he was ordained a priest running FOCUS Pittsburgh-- an outreach ministry to serve the poor. Everyday Fr. Paul and others lead noonday prayers and Paul shares a word. www.mosestheblack.org 

The X Annual Lenten Retreat sponsored by Holy Virgin Cathedral SF: