A Life Changed By Icons – Vasily Tomachinsky, USA & Germany

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A Life Changed By Icons

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Vasily Tomachinsky, USA & Germany

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

—Please tell us about your background and your journey to the Orthodox Church.

My name is Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, and this is my background. I was raised in a Protestant Southern Baptist family. We were in the military; my father was in the U.S. Air Force. I have four brothers, a family of five boys, and we moved all over the world. We lived most our lives in America and then in Germany, where I was as a teenager. No matter where my parents moved, they always found a Southern Baptist church, including in Puerto Rico, where I was born, and Germany, where our German pastor was Southern Baptist!

I grew up in Miami, Florida where my mother was from, so we moved back to Miami after my father retired from the Air Force. Miami is where I went to high school. It was when I was in the high school that I felt called to be a missionary. I wanted to be a Protestant missionary/Bible translator in Indonesia. So I went to a Bible school in Chicago called the Moody Bible Institute—a famous Bible school. I studied Bible-Theology/Greek; it was at Moody where I first started to interact with people from the Muslim world. I was very attracted to working with Muslims. I ended up going to the University of Illinois at Chicago where I studied linguistics, Middle East studies and Arabic. This is how I met my wife Marilyn.

She was raised in Pakistan, as her parents were Baptist missionaries for over thirty-five years there. She went to nursing school in Chicago. She was a nurse and I was a linguist, and we met back to back in an Indian restaurant.

“I was amazed by the worship, the liturgy, and the icons.”

We first moved to Pakistan in 1986 where I taught English to Pakistani government employees. Pakistan was Marilyn’s home, and we were involved in a Protestant church there. Then we moved to Egypt in 1989, where we lived for seven years; this is where I first encountered Orthodoxy. I don’t think I ever met anyone who was Orthodox before I moved to Egypt. I had an Egyptian friend in Chicago, so I had met one Oriental Orthodox person before. But when I moved to Egypt, I was an English teacher and I started to meet Coptic Orthodox Christians, who were very amazing and very faithful. One of my colleagues, an English teacher, was Orthodox. She was always fasting and I didn’t understand why. She said that she fasted over two hundred days of the Continue reading “A Life Changed By Icons – Vasily Tomachinsky, USA & Germany”

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Ο π. Αντώνιος Μοσχονάς ηλικιωμένος Ιερέας του Tuscon της Αριζόνας των ΗΠΑ αναφέρει για το έργο του Γέροντα Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας

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Ο π. Αντώνιος Μοσχονάς

ηλικιωμένος Ιερέας του Tuscon της Αριζόνας των ΗΠΑ αναφέρει

για το έργο του Γέροντα Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας

Ὁ π. Ἀντώνιος Μοσχονᾶς, ἡλικιωμένος ἐφημέριος στὸ Tucson της Arizona των ΗΠΑ, ἀπὸ τοὺς βασικοὺς συνεργάτες καὶ συμπαραστάτες τοῦ Γέροντα Ἐφραὶμ στὴν περιοχή, ἀναφέρει:

«Ἐμεῖς οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς στὴν Ἀμερικὴ γιὰ 70 χρόνια περίπου προσπαθούσαμε νὰ φέρουμε τὸν κόσμο στὶς ἐκκλησίες κάνοντας festivals. Δηλαδὴ διοργανώναμε γιορτὲς καὶ πανηγύρια καὶ προσφέραμε ποτά, φαγητά, χαρά, διασκέδαση καὶ ἄλλα παρόμοια. Εἴχαμε ξεχάσει τὴν προσευχὴ τὸ κομποσχοίνι, τὴν ἐξομολόγηση τὴ νηστεία, τὴν ἄσκηση, τὴν παράδοση τῆς Ἐκκλησίας μας. Τὸ σπουδαιότερο, δὲν ἀφήναμε νὰ δημιουργηθοῦν μοναστικὰ κέντρα. Τὰ θεωρούσαμε ὅτι δὲν χρειάζονται καὶ ὅτι δὲν ἔχουν νὰ προσφέρουν τίποτα στὴν Ἐκκλησία μας. Καὶ ἦρθε ἕνα μικροσκοπικὸ ἀνθρωπάκι χωρὶς κοσμικὲς σπουδές, χωρὶς πτυχία θεολογίας, χωρὶς νὰ ἔχει ρηξικέλευθες καὶ καινοτόμους ἰδέες, ὅπως πιστεύαμε ὅτι ἔχουμε ἐμεῖς καὶ μᾶς θύμισε τὴν παράδοσή μας. Δὲν πούλησε σουβλάκια, γύρο, μουσακᾶ, μπακλαβάδες καὶ τὰ ἄλλα φαγητὰ τῆς ἑλληνικῆς κουζίνας, ἀλλὰ πούλησε, ἢ μᾶλλον προσέφερε δωρεάν, τὸν ξεχασμένο Χριστὸ τῆς Ὀρθοδοξίας. Δὲν κάλεσε σὲ χοροὺς καὶ διασκεδάσεις, ἀλλὰ σὲ ἀγρυπνίες καὶ νηστεῖες. Καὶ ὁ κόσμος, φωτισμένος ἀπὸ τὸ Θεό, τὸν πλαισίωσε καὶ τὸν περιτριγύρισε καὶ τὸν ἐνίσχυσε. Ἡ κοσμοσυρροὴ ποὺ παρατηρεῖται εἶναι ἄνευ προηγουμένου. Ἡ Ἀμερικὴ ποὺ προσπαθοῦσε νὰ ξεφύγει ἀπὸ τὴν καταναλωτικὴ κοινωνία, τὴν ἀφθονία καὶ τὸν κόρο τῶν ὑλικῶν ἀγαθῶν, μὲ κινήματα ὅπως τῶν hippies καὶ τὴ στροφὴ πρὸς τὶς ἀνατολικὲς θρησκεῖες, ἄρχισε νὰ ἀνακαλύπτει τὸν γνήσιο καὶ ἀρχέγονο Χριστιανισμὸ τῆς Ὀρθοδοξίας μας. Ὁ π. Ἐφραὶμ ἦρθε καὶ ἔκανε μία μεγάλη σκάλα ἀπὸ τὴ γῆ στὸν οὐρανό. Μᾶς ἔδωσε τὴν δυνατότητα ἐδῶ στὴν Ἀμερικὴ ν᾿ ἀνεβαίνουμε πάνω στὸν οὐρανὸ μὲ τὰ μέσα τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου παραδόσεως. Τὸ μοναστήρι, τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἀντωνίου ἐδῶ στὴν Arizona, κτίσθηκε μὲ σημεῖα ποὺ ἔδειξε ὁ Θεός. Ὅταν ἦρθε ὁ Γέροντας στὴν περιοχή μας καὶ ἔψαχνε γιὰ μέρος ποὺ θὰ ἔκτιζε τὴ νέα μονή, ἐνῶ προσπαθοῦσε νὰ πάει ἀλλοῦ, ἔχασε τὸ δρόμο του καὶ ἦρθε ἐδῶ. Ἔμεινε κατενθουσιασμένος. Ἀμέσως πήγαμε σὲ κτηματομεσίτη τῆς περιοχῆς γιὰ νὰ δοῦμε τί μπορούσαμε νὰ ἀγοράσουμε. Ὅταν φθάσαμε στὸ μέρος ποὺ κτίσθηκε τὸ μοναστήρι ἀργότερα, ἐνῶ μιλούσαμε μὲ τὸν κτηματομεσίτη, ἀκούσαμε νὰ χτυπᾶνε καμπάνες ὅπως χτυπᾶνε οἱ καμπάνες τῆς Φιλοθέου. Ὁ Γέροντας εἶπε τότε: «ἐδῶ θὰ τὸ κτίσουμε». Τὸ εἶπα στὸν ἀείμνηστο Ἀντώνιο, ἐπίσκοπο τοῦ San Francisco, στὸν ὁποῖο ὑπαγόμαστε καὶ κεῖνος εἶπε μέσα του «Κεφαλλονίτικη φάρσα», διότι εἶμαι ἀπὸ τὴν Κεφαλλονιά. Μετὰ δύο χρόνια ὅμως, ἐνῶ πηγαίναμε στὸ μοναστήρι καὶ σταματήσαμε λίγο πρὶν φθάσουμε, ἄκουσε τὶς καμπάνες καὶ ὁ δεσπότης. Εἶχε δώσει ἐντολὴ στὸν ἡγούμενο νὰ μὴν κάνουν ἐπίσημη ὑποδοχή, γι᾿ αὐτὸ ὅταν φθάσαμε τὸν μάλωσε. Ἐκεῖνος ὅμως ἀπάντησε ὅτι δὲν χτύπησαν τὶς καμπάνες καὶ ὅτι οἱ πατέρες εἶναι στὰ κελλιά. Τότε ὁ δεσπότης κατάλαβε τί συνέβη καὶ μοῦ ἐξομολογήθηκε τί εἶχε σκεφθεῖ ὅταν τοῦ ἀνακοίνωσα τί εἶχε συμβεῖ σέ μας. Ὁ Ἐπίσκοπος Ἀντώνιος ὅταν γνώρισε τὸν π. Ἐφραὶμ καὶ τὸ ἔργο του, μοῦ εἶπε: «Ὁ π. Ἐφραὶμ θὰ γεμίσει τὴν Ἀμερικὴ μὲ μοναστήρια. Πόσο τυχεροὶ εἴμαστε, ποὺ ἔχουμε γνωρίσει καὶ περπατᾶμε καὶ μιλᾶμε καὶ εὐλογούμεθα ἀπὸ ἕνα ζωντανὸ ἅγιο». Ἂς εὐχηθοῦμε τὸ «Grand Canyon» τῆς Ὀρθοδοξίας μας, τὰ Ὀρθόδοξα μοναστήρια τῆς Ἀμερικῆς, νὰ πολλαπλασιασθοῦν ἀριθμητικὰ καὶ νὰ προοδεύουν συνεχῶς ποιοτικά. Δὲν ξέρουμε ποιὲς εἶναι οἱ βουλὲς τοῦ Κυρίου μας.

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Ορθόδοξος Τύπος, 22-02-2008

Video: The conversion of a fanatical Jew woman who wanted to kill Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA

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Arizona, USA – Journey to Orthodoxy

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Τα 19 Μοναστήρια του π. Εφραίμ του Φιλοθεΐτου

στις ΗΠΑ & στον Καναδά

Τὸ 1960 οἱ Ὀρθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί τῆς Ἀμερικῆς σὲ ἐπιστολή τους πρὸς τὸν Ἁγιορείτη μοναχὸ Θεόκλητο Διονυσιάτη ἔκαναν ἔκκληση τὸ Ἅγιο Ὄρος νὰ στείλει μοναχοὺς καὶ νὰ ἱδρυθεῖ ἕνα τουλάχιστον ἢ περισσότερα -ἂν ἦταν δυνατὸν- μοναστήρια στὴν Ἀμερική.

Αὐτὸ ποὺ ζητοῦσε ὁ π. Ἰωάννης τὸ 1960, καὶ δυστυχῶς τὸ Ἅγιον Ὄρος δὲν μπόρεσε νὰ τὸ ἱκανοποιήσει, τὸ πραγματοποίησε ὁ Θεὸς δεκατέσσερα χρόνια μετά, ἥσυχα καὶ χωρὶς τυμπανοκρουσίες καὶ χωρὶς νὰ τὸ ἀντιληφθεῖ κανείς.

Τὸ 1979 φθάνει στὸν Καναδᾶ, γιὰ λόγους ὑγείας, ὁ ἱερομόναχος π. Ἐφραίμ, ἡγούμενος τῆς Ἱ. Μ. Φιλοθέου τοῦ Ἁγίου Ὄρους, πνευματικὸ τέκνο τοῦ ἡσυχαστοῦ Ἰωσήφ, ὁ ὁποῖος ἀνακαίνισε καὶ ἐπάνδρωσε μὲ μοναχούς του, ἐκτὸς ἀπὸ τὴν μονὴ τοῦ Φιλοθέου καὶ τὶς μονὲς Καρακάλλου, Ξηροποτάμου καὶ Κωνσταμονίτου. Ἦταν γνήσιος ἐκπρόσωπος τῆς παλαιᾶς ἁγιορείτικης παραδόσεως καὶ ὁ ἐκ τῶν κυρίων παραγόντων τῆς ἀναστηλώσεως καὶ ἀνασυγκροτήσεως τοῦ ἁγιορειτικοῦ μοναχισμοῦ.

Ὁ π. Ἐφραίμ, μόλις ἔφθασε στὸν Καναδᾶ καὶ ἄρχισε τὶς ἐξετάσεις στοὺς γιατροὺς συγχρόνως ἄρχισε νὰ ἐξομολογεῖ νὰ νουθετεῖ νὰ διδάσκει τοὺς ἀποδήμους Ἕλληνες ποὺ Continue reading “Τα 19 Μοναστήρια του π. Εφραίμ του Φιλοθεΐτου στις ΗΠΑ & στον Καναδά”

Elder Ephraim of Arizona Exposes Old Calendarism

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Elder Ephraim of Arizona Exposes Old Calendarism

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Years ago there was a spiritual father who was Cypriot that was a very good man. Initially he was at Stavrovouni, a monastery in Cyprus, when he was younger, but still a hieromonk. When he was at this monastery, he himself told me, a certain Athonite zealot father who followed the Old Calendar fled there. By “zealot” I mean a fanatical Old Calendarist, who condemn the Church as heretical and schismatic.

His name was Father John. I knew him. He had fled from Mount Athos, from the Skete of Saint Anna, and he went to Cyprus. There in Cyprus he tried to create an Old Calendarist atmosphere and then went to Stavrovouni Monastery, as the hieromonk himself told me, and he began to speak on behalf of the Old Calendar to the fathers of the monastery there. He also spoke with this hieromonk, that the liturgies he was doing were not liturgies, and the mysteries he was doing were not mysteries, that they do not have grace, blessing, and so on.

This hieromonk therefore began to swing back and forth in his thoughts, saying: “I wonder if this man is right in what he says? I wonder, if perhaps I am not doing a liturgy and mystery, but just a theatrical function within the liturgy for the people to see?” With these things in his thoughts, one day he began to do the Divine Liturgy.

Well, the Divine Liturgy proceeded, he blessed the Holy Gifts, and when the time came he kneeled to do the elevation of the Holy Bread and said: “Let us be attentive. The Holy for the holy ones.” He then saw on the diskos that the bread had become flesh, it became meat red, and his conscience began to rebuke him, saying: “Due to the unbelief of your thoughts, because you doubted this and that, God has now allowed the bread to become flesh, to become meat, and now how will you commune, and how will you commune the Continue reading “Elder Ephraim of Arizona Exposes Old Calendarism”