The Vikings in Newfoundland: Canada’s first Orthodox parish? – Fr. Geoffrey Korz




The Vikings in Newfoundland: Canada’s first Orthodox parish?

by Fr. Geoffrey Korz

“Where two or three are gathered together in My name,

I am there in the midst of them” – Matthew 18:20



The tiny community of L’Anse aux Meadows at the far northern tip of Newfoundland is distinguished among Canadian heritage sites as the oldest European settlement in Canada. Scarcely a dozen buildings remain of this Viking settlement, constructed over one thousand years ago by a group of Scandinavian settlers who appeared ready to make a new home in the frigid northlands of what would later become Canada.

It is almost certain that the tiny group was led by a Viking named Karlsefni, an associate of Leif Erikson (called Leif the Lucky, for his many extraordinary successes), one of the first Norsemen to accept baptism within a largely pagan culture. By the time these settlers arrived in Canada, Christianity and paganism were living side by side in northern Europe, and had not yet had the opportunity to discover the differences which would inevitably lead to conflict. The Norse were a pragmatic lot, whose religious zeal was usually focused on doing whatever it took to survive and to win. And the Christian God was the ultimate Victor.

A delightful story is told of the curious Viking habit of seeking repeat baptisms; it seems the Norsemen were drawn to baptism, every year, at the hands of Saint Ansgar and others, enjoying the fresh white shirt and ten silver talents they customarily received at the hands of the priest, if only they would allow themselves to be submerged beneath the sacred waters (Joseph Lynch, Christianizing Kinship, p. 73). For the average pragmatic Viking, multiple baptisms simply made sense: it conferred spiritual as well as material benefits desperately needed in a seagoing culture, where life was hard, brutish, and Continue reading “The Vikings in Newfoundland: Canada’s first Orthodox parish? – Fr. Geoffrey Korz”


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


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».




Canada: The passing of the Native American Mohawk’s Chief Frank Natawe (1927-2000)






The path of the Native American Mohawk’s Chief Frank Natawe

led him to the bosom of Orthodoxy


Dr. John (Yanni) Hadjinikolaou

Rate Professor of  McGill University in Montreal, Canada

in the magazine Synaxis

“The passing of a Mohawk Native American”

Here is the story of Frank Natawe an American Native Mohawk’s Chief (1927-2000) who lived and died as an Orthodox Christian (Eastern Orthodox Church), at the same time defending his tribe’s tradition. He even began translating the words of the most holy ceremony of Orthodoxy into his own people’s language.


Saturday night. Very few lights were on.  In the Russian Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Vespers have just started. The shadowy silhouettes of the few faithful who were attending the service became more defined, as the candles were lit, one by one, in the candle stand. The iconostasis of the altar was very imposing; it was something that was carved by experienced craftsmen at the beginning of the century…….

It was my second time at Vespers, years ago… The words of the prayer “mirthful light” in Slavonic gave one a sense of inner peace and relaxation.  Everything seemed to be in prayer at that moment; for the day that passed and the day that was to come. After the madness of the day, this refuge of thankfulness actually calmed the wild beasts of the mind….

In the dim, half-light I could discern a few of the profiles there: an old Russian lady with her grandchild, a tall, skinny, middle-aged man, a young girl around fifteen, a young family with their two children… and suddenly, my attention was caught by a figure near the large window.  Directly below it, I made out a silhouette that was completely different to all the others.  It was a fifty-year old Native American with vivid, characteristic features, and his long hair tied back in a ponytail that reached his waist. My gaze stopped upon him… What a strange figure in here…  I imagined he was just a visitor.

At the end of the service, I couldn’t fight the urge.  I approached him, eager to meet him.

Yannis, I said to him in English. Welcome..

– Vladimir, he replied.

– I’m Greek. And you? I asked him.

– So am I, he replied.

I was stunned…. That was the last thing I expected to hear!

– Do you speak Greek? I asked.

He paused to think for a moment, then quoted in Greek:

– «In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with God, and God was the Logos».

Just as he finished saying this phrase, he burst into laughter. I was lost for words…

– I am Mohawk Native American, he said sharply. But somehow, I also feel Russian and Greek and Serbian and Romanian, because…. I’m Orthodox…..

A glimmer appeared in his eye, as it did in my heart…

This was how Vladimir and I met. His real name was Frank Natawe, before Continue reading “Canada: The passing of the Native American Mohawk’s Chief Frank Natawe (1927-2000)”

The Department of Missions & Evangelism in USA & Canada




The Department of Missions

& Evangelism in USA & Canada




The Department of Missions and Evangelism was established in 1988 to “Make America Orthodox,” in the words of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory. To fulfill that dream, the department endeavors to: 1) build new missions in North American cities of over 100,000 population which have no Orthodox Church of any jurisdiction; 2) respond to invitations of lay groups of Orthodox Christians who desire an English-speaking parish; 3) cultivate relationships with independent (generally Protestant) communities which desire to become Orthodox; 4) work with non-Orthodox pastors who desire to become Orthodox; 5) cooperate with College Ministry to develop mission parishes adjacent to major college campuses with no English-speaking Orthodox Church nearby; and 6) train and encourage Antiochian Orthodox priests and lay leaders to promote Orthodox Christian evangelism in their communities and begin new missions in nearby localities.

Since Metropolitan Philip founded this department 108 missions (excluding Western Rite parishes) have been established by the Antiochian Archdiocese. Of these, fifty-five have grown to full parishes. At present the department is developing missions in seven cities across the United States and Canada, and is exploring possibilities in several more.

Becoming Truly Human: the Spirit of Orthodox Christian Evangelism

by Sdn. Adam Lowell Roberts

Many of you may be familiar with the new Antiochian Archdiocese program Becoming Truly Human. Becoming Truly Human is a new evangelism program available to every parish in the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, and the ministry has been blessed to be shared with other jurisdictions.

While some may be weary of programs, this program has proven to be different. More than several priests and lay people have admitted they were wrong about their initial concerns. Others recognized right away that this program captures and shares the spirit of Orthodox evangelism. They applauded the Archdiocese for having a program which is effective, loving, Orthodox in spirit and nature, and above all helping our North American churches reconnect with our history of evangelism. We even have some overseas churches wanting to run the program.

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Reflections on the Becoming Truly Human Program

“Becoming Truly Human” is an eight week outreach course offered by the Antiochian Archdiocese that uses the vehicle of small group discussions and hosted meals to share the love of Christ. The following two articles by a layman and priest, tell the story of how this program is changing lives.

~~For many years as a Protestant, I witnessed to others because I thought it was my duty. After all, we had been scripturally mandated by the Great Commission to do so, hadn’t we? Unfortunately, try though I might, I can’t remember many of the names or personal circumstances of those with whom I shared the Gospel. I mostly thought that my work was finished and the rest was up to God. (Read James Blackstock’s reflection.)

~~For many years I have felt that in my parish, and in Orthodox Christian parishes in general, there is a need for an evangelism program that is more than simply posting the time of our services and asking parishioners to invite friends to the liturgy. The Divine Liturgy is definitely very powerful and full of the Grace of God. However, I think that most of our parishioners hesitate to invite others to come to an Orthodox Liturgy without laying some ground work that they often do not feel equipped to do. (Read a reflection by Fr. Michael Byars.)

“Love for our Brethren”:

AFR Interview Introduces New Program

“Becoming Truly Human” is an eight week course offered by the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America to increase effective and relational evangelism, especially towards those who have no religion or church affiliation. The program uses the vehicle of small group discussions and shared meals to help guests to feel loved, listened to, and welcomed.

In a June 24, 2015 podcast, Ancient Faith Ministries President John Maddex interviewed Charles Ajalat, one of the program’s founding committee members, about the new outreach. Charles is an attorney, the former chancellor of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and a member of the Order of St. Ignatius. As one of the founders of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS) North America, Charles is a veteran of start-up efforts, and in the interview he expressed his hopes that this new venture will help people “discuss questions…and then want to go forward into a catechism class with a priest.”

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Ταμάρα Χιρτ, Οντάριο, Καναδάς: Θεραπεία καρκίνου από τον Άγιο Ιωάννη Μαξιμοβιτς





Ταμάρα Χιρτ, Οντάριο, Καναδάς:

Θεραπεία καρκίνου από τον Άγιο Ιωάννη Μαξιμοβιτς

«Γιά τόν Ἅγιο Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς ξέρω μονάχα ὅσα γράφονται στό περιοδικό σας. (Ἀναφέρεται στήν Ἀδελφότητα τοῦ Ἁγίου Γερμανοῦ τῆς Ἀλάσκα πού ἐκδίδει τό περιοδικό Orthodox Word). Τόν περασμένο χρόνο, μετά τήν 20η Ὀκτωβρίου, ἡ μητέρα μου βρισκόταν στό νοσοκομεῖο μέ ὀξύ πόνο στό στομάχι. Ἤμουν πολύ ἀναστατωμένη, φοβούμενη μήπως εἶχε καρκίνο. Καί τότε, τό βράδυ ἀκριβῶς πρίν μοῦ ἀνακοινώσουν οἱ γιατροί τά ἀποτελέσματα ἀπό τίς ἐξετάσεις της, εἶδα ἕνα ὄνειρο: πολλοί ἄνθρωποι στέκονταν γύρω ἀπό μία μεγάλη, λευκή ἐκκλησία μέ ρωσικούς τρούλους. Ἕνας γέροντας, ντυμένος στά λευκά καί κρατώντας τή ράβδο του, βγῆκε ἀπό τήν ἐκκλησία, διέσχισε τό δρόμο καί ἦρθε κατευθείαν μπροστά σέ ἐμένα καί τή μητέρα μου. Ὅταν μᾶς πλησίασε τόν ἀναγνώρισα ἀπό τίς φωτογραφίες: Ἦταν ὁ Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης Μαξίμοβιτς! Εὐλόγησε ἐμένα καί τή μητέρα μου καί τότε ἀμέσως ξύπνησα. Δέν ἀνησυχοῦσα πιά γιά τή μητέρα μου. Πράγματι, τά ἀποτελέσματα ἔδειχναν ὅτι ἔπασχε ἀπό ἔλκος στομάχου, τό ὁποῖο γρήγορα θεραπεύτηκε. Ἀπό τότε σκέφτομαι συχνά τόν Ἅγιο Ιωάννη Μαξίμοβιτς!».

 Ταμάρα Χίρτ

25 Ἰουλίου 1975

Σάρνια, Ontario, Καναδάς


Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης Μαξίμοβιτς, Ἐπίσκοπος Σαγγάης καί Σάν Φρανσίσκο, ὁ Θαυματουργός

ἐκδ. Ἱ. Μονῆς Ἁγ. Νεκταρίου Φωκίδος

Τρίκορφο 2009

Biblical Forecasts of Scientific Discoveries – By Dr. Hugh Ross, Astronomer, Canada


Biblical Forecasts of Scientific Discoveries

By Dr. Hugh Ross, Astronomer


January 1, 1976



Not only is the Bible filled with the fundamentals of science, but it is as much as 3,000 years ahead of its time. The Bible’s statements in most cases directly contradicted the science of the day in which they were made. When modern scientific knowledge approaches reality, the divine accuracy of the scriptures is substantiated. For example:

Biblical Statement Science Then Science Now
Earth is a sphere (Is. 40:22). Earth’s a flat disk. Earth is a sphere
Number of stars exceeds a billion (Jer. 33:22). Number of stars totals 1,100 Number of stars exceeds a billion
Every star is different (1 Cor 15:41). All stars are the same. Every star is different.
Light is in motion (Job 38:19-20). Light is fixed in place. Light is in motion.
Air has weight (Job 28:25). Air is weightless. Air has weight.
Winds blow in cyclones (Eccl. 1:6). Winds blow straight. Winds blow in cyclones.
Blood is a source of life and healing (Lev. 17:11). Sick people must bled. Blood is a source of life and healing.

For centuries the conjectures of science also were at odds with Genesis 1 concerning the origin and development of Earth and of life on Earth. However, science has progressed beyond these conjectures and now agrees with Genesis 1 in the initial conditions of Earth, the description of subsequent events, and in the order of these events. The probability that Moses, writing more than 3,400 years ago, would have guessed all these details is less than one in trillions. Below is a partial list of other fundamentals of science explained in the Bible:

  • conservation of mass and energy (Eccl. 1:9; Eccl. 3:14-15).
  • water cycle (Eccl. 1:7; Is. 55:10).
  • gravity (Job 26:7; Job 38:31-33).
  • Pleiades and Orion as gravitationally bound star groups (Job 38:31). NOTE: All other star groups visible to the naked eye are unbound, with the possible exception of the Hyades.
  • effect of emotions on physical health (Prov. 16:24; Prov. 17:22).
  • control of contagious diseases (Lev. 13:4546).
  • importance of sanitation to health (Lev.; Num. 19: Deut. 23:12-13). control of cancer and heart disease (Lev. 7-19).

In the crucible of scientific investigation, the Bible has proven invariably to be correct. No other book, ancient or modem, can make this claim; but then, no other book has been written (through men) by God.

Copyright 1976, Reasons To Believe

Subjects: Creation Passages, General Apologetics , Two Books

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.



Η Βίβλος προηγείται των επιστημονικών ανακαλύψεων – Του Dr. Hugh Ross, Αστροφυσικού, Καναδάς


Η Βίβλος προηγείται των επιστημονικών ανακαλύψεων

Του Dr. Hugh Ross, Αστροφυσικού, Καναδάς

Όχι μόνο η Βίβλος είναι γεμάτη με τις βασικές αρχές της επιστήμης, αλλά είναι τουλάχιστον 3.000 χρόνια μπροστά από το χρόνο της. Οι δηλώσεις της Βίβλου στις περισσότερες περιπτώσεις ήρθαν άμεσα σε αντίθεση με την επιστήμη της εποχής στην οποία έγιναν. Όταν η σύγχρονη επιστημονική γνώση προοδεύει, η θεία ακρίβεια της Αγίας Γραφής τεκμηριώνεται. Παραδείγματος χάριν:

Βιβλική δήλωση
Η Επιστήμη τότε
Η Επιστήμη τώρα
Η Γη είναι μια σφαίρα (ΗΣΑΪΑΣ 40:22).
Η Γη είναι ένας επίπεδος δίσκος
Η Γη είναι μια σφαίρα
Ο αριθμός αστεριών υπερβαίνει το ένα δισεκατομμύριο
(ΙΕΡΕΜΙΑΣ 33:22).
Ο αριθμός των αστεριών είναι συνολικά 1.100
Ο αριθμός αστεριών υπερβαίνει το ένα δισεκατομμύριο
Κάθε αστέρι είναι διαφορετικό (Α΄ ΚΟΡΙΝΘΙΟΥΣ 15:41).
Όλα τα αστέρια είναι τα ίδια.
Κάθε αστέρι είναι διαφορετικό.
Το φως κινείται (ΙΩΒ 38:19-20).
Το φως έχει σταθερή θέση.
Το φως κινείται
Ο αέρας έχει βάρος
(ΙΩΒ 28:25).
Ο αέρας είναι χωρίς βάρος.
Ο αέρας έχει βάρος.
Οι άνεμοι χτυπάνε σε κυκλώνες (ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣΤΗΣ 1:6).
Οι άνεμοι φυσούν ευθεία.
Οι άνεμοι χτυπάνε σε κυκλώνες.
Το αίμα είναι πηγή
ζωής και θεραπείας (ΛΕΥΙΤΙΚΟ 17:11).
Στους άρρωστους ανθρώπους πρέπει
να τους γίνει αφαίμαξη.
Το αίμα είναι πηγή ζωής και θεραπείας.

Για αιώνες οι υποθέσεις της επιστήμης ήταν επίσης σε διαφωνία με τη Γένεση σχετικά με την προέλευση και την ανάπτυξη της Γης και της ζωής στη Γη. Εντούτοις, η επιστήμη έχει προχωρήσει πέρα από αυτές τις υποθέσεις και συμφωνεί τώρα με τη Γένεση στην περιγραφή των αρχικών συνθηκών της Γης, των επακόλουθων αλλαγών, και της τάξεως αυτών των αλλαγών. Η πιθανότητα ο Μωυσής, που γράφει περισσότερο από 3.400 χρόνια πριν, να είχε υποθέσει όλες αυτές τις λεπτομέρειες είναι λιγότερο από μια στο τρισεκατομμύριο! Παρακάτω είναι ένας μερικός κατάλογος άλλων βασικών αρχών της επιστήμης που βρίσκονται στη Βίβλο:

  • Σταθερότητα των φυσικών νόμων (Ιερεμίας 33:25).
  • Η αρχή του σύμπαντος, και του χώρου και του χρόνου (Γεν. 1:1, Κολ. 1:15-17, Β΄ Τιμ.1:9, Εβρ.11:3).
  • Η συντήρηση της μάζας και της ενέργειας (Εκκλησιαστής 1:9, 3:14-15).
  • Ο σταθερός κύκλος του νερού (Εκκλησιαστής 1:7, Ησαΐας 55:10).
  • Η βαρύτητα (Ιώβ 26:7, 38:31-33).
  • Οι Πλειάδες και ο Ωρίων είναι -λόγω βαρύτητας- συνδεδεμένες ομάδες αστεριών (Ιώβ 38:31). ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΗ: Άλλες ομάδες αστεριών που είναι ορατές στο γυμνό μάτι είναι ασύνδετες.
  • Η επίδραση των συναισθημάτων στη φυσική υγεία (Παροιμίες 16:24, 17:22).
  • Ο έλεγχος των μεταδοτικών ασθενειών (Λευιτικό 13:45-46).
  • Η σημασία της καθαριότητας και της υγιεινής στην υγεία (Λευιτικό 15:16-18, Αριθμοί 19: 13, Δευτερονόμιο 23:12-13) και ο έλεγχος του καρκίνου και των καρδιακών παθήσεων (Λευιτικό 7:22-24).
  • Η συνεχής επέκταση του σύμπαντος (Ιώβ 9:8, Ψαλμ.104:2, Ησαΐας 40:22, 42:5, 44:24, 45:12).

Στη χοάνη της επιστημονικής έρευνας, η Βίβλος έχειαποδείξει την προφητική δύναμή της επανειλημμένως. Κανένα άλλο βιβλίο, αρχαίο ή σύγχρονο, δεν μπορεί να ανταποκριθεί στις αξιώσεις της αλήθειας που κάνει η Αγία Γραφή. Αλλά έπειτα, κανένα άλλο βιβλίο δεν έχει γραφτεί (διαμέσου ανθρώπων) από το Θεό.

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