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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, OrthPhoto.net 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.

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.

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.

Iconoclasm No More: UK Returns 12 Stolen Orthodox Relics to Greece

Greece recently welcomed back 12 stolen Greek Orthodox icons from the United Kingdom. The priceless religious art pieces were stolen in 2005 from the Monastery of the Dormition of the Visokos Virgin, which is located near the village of Kalouta in the Zagori municipality of Epirus. They were returned by the UK last month, the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports announced on Tuesday, reported the Greek City Times.