Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy


Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy


Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico

Thirteen years ago, when I undertook the (then newly-established) Holy Metropolis of Mexico with only three priests and three mainly Greek-speaking communities, in Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, I would never have expected, let alone conceive the miracle that is unfolding today for our Orthodox Church in Latin America. We all lived the miracle of Cuba, when Fidel Castro’s government undertook the construction of the Sacred Temple of Saint Nicholas in Havana and officially received Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who officiated the inauguration of that Holy shrine in January of 2004.  In the decade that passed, we experienced the propagating of our faith in the states of Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, etc… just as we experienced – and continue to experience – the continuing drama of the people of Haiti, after the catastrophic earthquake of last January.  A drama which unfortunately will heal, only after several years have passed.


Orthodox children of Cuba

Greece became acquainted with Christianity and lived its own Pentecost around two thousand years ago, through the Apostle Paul and the other Apostles.  Greece is the most blessed country in the world. And this is because – as I point out to our priests – whichever stone you lift, underneath it you will find the relics of a Saint, a Martyr, a holy man, a fighter for the Orthodox faith…  We, however, in Latin America are living our Pentecost today.  For us – with the Sigue leyendo “Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy”


Two Quechua Women from Bolivia Accept Orthodox Baptism





Two Quechua Women

from Bolivia Accept Orthodox Baptism




Here is a story of the good work of the martyred priest, Fr. Daniil Sysoyev (+2009).

Immediately following Christmas services, in one of the Orthodox churches in the southern districts of Moscow, two women of the Quechua people of South America accepted Orthodox baptism.

“We talked with them about the faith, and they read the Creed of the Orthodox Church in Spanish, which I downloaded for them from the Internet”,

said Fr Daniil Sysoyev, the rector of the parish of St Thomas the Apostle in Kantemirov, in an interview with our Interfax-Religion correspondent, describing how he served the Sacrament of Baptism for these women.

According to Fr Daniil, the two women from Bolivia, a mother and daughter, who accepted baptism, were in Moscow pursuing studies. They learned about the Orthodox faith from one of their friends, who is of the Inca people from Peru and a long-term resident of Moscow.

In baptism, the women took the names of Maria and Yelizaveta, in honour of St Mary Magdalene and Grand Princess St Yelizaveta the New Martyr.

“Quite possibly, this is the first time in history that Quechua people embraced Orthodoxy”, Fr Daniil noted.

Pero Dios no es Dios de los muertos, sino Dios de los vivos – San Porfirio de Atenas, Grecia (+1991)




San Porfirio de Atenas, Grecia (+1991)


Pero Dios no es Dios de los muertos, sino Dios de los vivos

San Porfirio de Atenas, Grecia (+1991)

2 de diciembre


El hecho, que el San Porfirio de Atenas, Grecia (+1991) esta vivo con Dios, después de su muerte y pide por nosotros, muestra el caso siguiente: Hay en Atenas un hombre muy instruido, hijo espiritual de San Porfirio, quien en forma regular se dirigía a él por consejo y, a menudo, no teniendo la posibilidad de visitarlo, llamaba por teléfono. Cuando el San Porfirio se fue con el Señor, este hombre se encontraba en otra ciudad y no sabia nada de la muerte del padre. Después de volver a Atenas, surgieron algunas dificultades familiares, y él como siempre decidió de llamar a San Porfirio, buscando su consejo. Tomo el teléfono, marco el numero y escucho la voz de San Porfirio. Lo saludó, pidió su bendición y le contó sus dificultades. San Porfirio lo escucho y le dio un valioso consejo. Contento el hijo espiritual dijo: “Vendré pronto a verlo, en cuanto me libere.” A esto San Porfirio respondió: “No me llames mas, porque ya estoy muerto.”

Pero Dios no es Dios de los muertos, sino Dios de los vivos, y creemos que el San Porfirio esta vivo con Dios, escucha nuestras oraciones y tiene fuerza para ayudarnos, e interceder por nosotros pecadores ante el trono del Altísimo!

The explosive growth of Orthodoxy in Guatemala




The explosive growth of Orthodoxy in Guatemala




Whenever someone speaks of “American Orthodoxy,” there is usually an unspoken understanding that the term refers to North American Orthodoxy: the United States, Canada, and sometimes Mexico. This way of speaking is indeed convenient, considering that the majority of Orthodox parishes in the Western Hemisphere are still located in North America. However, in the past few years a great change has occurred in Latin America that makes it increasingly inaccurate to focus on North America as the western outpost of Orthodoxy. Just two years ago, in 2010, the Orthodox Church received a large group of Guatemalan converts numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Now Guatemala, and possibly all of Latin America, holds tremendous promise of becoming fertile ground for the Orthodox Christian Church.

The seed of Orthodoxy in Guatemala was planted by the nuns of the Hogar Rafael Ayau, an Orthodox orphanage in Guatemala City. Many people are familiar with the incredible work of Mother Inés, Mother Ivonne, and Mother María. In fact, just this year a group of seminarians from St. Vladimir’s Seminary traveled with the seminary Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield to see the work of the nuns and to assist at the orphanage. It is through these nuns that the Guatemalan soil was first prepared for the Orthodox Church.

Now, with the recent chrismation of a new group of Guatemalan converts that numbers between 100,000 and 200,000, the Orthodox Church is ready to blossom in Guatemala. The magnitude of the event cannot be overstated. Almost overnight, Guatemala has become the most Orthodox country in the Western Hemisphere (by percentage of national population). Furthermore, the Orthodox communities in Guatemala continue to grow rapidly and attract attention throughout Guatemala. There is still, however, little information available to the broader Orthodox world on the history and character of these new communities. For this reason, I traveled to Guatemala this summer, spending two months visiting many of the Orthodox parishes, meeting the leaders of the communities, and accompanying the bishop of the Guatemalan Church—His Eminence, Metropolitan Athenagoras—as he made his historic first visit to the new parishes in Guatemala. I returned to the United States with the desire to share what I saw and the conviction that the Holy Spirit is at work with power in Latin America…

Parroquias Ortodoxas en Argentina


Parroquias Ortodoxas en Argentina

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Arquidiócesis de Buenos Aires y toda la República Argentina

de la Iglesia Católica Apostólica Ortodoxa de Antioquía

La Iglesia Ortodoxa le ha dado a la Virgen María dos títulos principales que corresponden a su lugar en esos dos “centros” de la vida eclesial. “Theotokos” (Madre de Dios) y “Panagia” (Santísima).





La Iglesia Ortodoxa le ha dado a la Virgen María dos títulos principales que corresponden a su lugar en esos dos “centros” de la vida eclesial. “Theotokos” (Madre de Dios) y “Panagia” (Santísima).



La Iglesia Ortodoxa le ha dado a la Virgen María dos títulos principales que corresponden a su lugar en esos dos “centros” de la vida eclesial.

“Theotokos” (Madre de Dios) y “Panagia” (Santísima). La palabra “Theotokos” la coloca en el centro del dogma ortodoxo, porque testifica esa fe en que ella dio a luz a Dios hecho hombre, no a un hombre al que posteriormente descendió Dios.

El término “Santísima” se refiera al lugar que tiene la Virgen entre los fieles, como una “más santa que todos los santos”, que está en el centro de la Iglesia y de su vida de oración. Cada vez que la recordamos en nuestras peticiones litúrgicas, la llamanos “Santísima (Panagia) Madre de Dios (Theotokos) y Siempre Virgen (Aeiparthenos) Maria”. Así, en sus íconos, como Theotokos es siempre representada portando en brazos a Su hijo.
Como Panagia es representada con los brazos extendidos en oración, como un miembro de la Iglesia, y Su Hijo en igual postura, pero no portado en brazos por ella. La Virgen No es Representada Nunca sin su Hijo.

Cómo rezar – San Paisios del Monte Atos, Grecia (+1994)





Cómo rezar

San Paisios del Monte Atos, Grecia (+1994)

Pequeños escritos del Staretz Paisios del Monte Atos. Cómo rezar


Alguien preguntó como hay que rezar. El staretz le dijo: “Con el sentimiento de que eres un niño pequeño, y que Dios es tu Padre. Después de eso, empieza a hacer tus demandas. Si lo que pides parece ser necio, no estés triste, pues el Señor no se encolerizará contra ti.

Él mira tu corazón y te concede aquello que realmente necesitas, lo que es mejor para ti. Lo mismo sucede con un niño que pide a su padre que le compre una motocicleta, porque piensa que ya es mayor. Pero su padre tiene miedo que su hijo pueda herirse, así que rechazará la compra de la motocicleta, solo para comprarle más tarde un coche”.