MEDICAL MISSION UPDATE- GUATEMALA

Mar 8, 2017 — Father John Chakos


As the debate rages on in the US  over medical insurance, poor people in countries like Guatemala can only dream that one day they might have some kind of medical coverage or even a doctor to see them. The scale of the crisis in the highlands of Guatemala where we have our clinic is not […]

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AVIAN ADORATION- BY ALEXANDRA CHAKOS

Jan 13, 2017 — Father John Chakos


We were blessed to celebrate Epiphany in the village of Aguacate. The faithful congregation always arrives an hour before the Liturgy in eager anticipation. It is inspiring to witness the vibrancy of their faith. Men, women, and children of every age pack the church. It was a lengthy service, including the blessing of the water […]

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FLOWER POWER

Oct 22, 2016 — Father John Chakos


Flower Power- Alexandra Chakos The ability of flowers to enhance our lives and touch our hearts has been acknowledged and celebrated since the earliest of times. Indeed, God has filled our world with such a myriad of flower colors, shapes, sizes, and aromas as to dazzle our minds. Flowers proclaim joy at a wedding, whisper […]

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EQUIPPING DOCTORS & NURSES IN GUATEMALA

Oct 15, 2016 — Jesse Brandow

Juana (in middle, turquoise blouse) will begin medical school in January 2017

In 2012, I watched an infant die in his mother's arms in Aguacate, Guatemala. This baby boy—skin and bones with gaping eye sockets—breathed his last breath inside the local church. Living three hours from the nearest hospital, the mother had no medical options and so she fled to the village priest. Seeing the infant's malnourishment, the priest brought a bottle of formula to the child. But...

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SONGS OF THE DIVINE LITURGY IN SPANISH / HIMNOS DE LA DIVINA LITURGIA EN ESPAÑOL

Oct 11, 2016 — Jesse Brandow

The choir in Aguacate, Guatemala /// El Coro en Aguacate, Guatemala

The Orthodox Church continues to grow in Guatemala, and one of the areas of progress is chuch music. A beautiful youth choir has formed in Aguacate, Guatemala, where the people now sing the entire Divine Liturgy. The music that they use in Aguacate is beginning to spread throughout the mission. You can hear all of the major songs of the Divine Liturgy in Spanish here on this page. Click on any...

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CATHEDRALS OF THE POOR IN GUATEMALA

Jun 16, 2016 — Father John Chakos


The experience of worshipping with the indigenous people in their small churches made of baked mud and clay or wooden planks defies description. These are the cathedrals of the poor, every bit as magnificent as the hallowed shrines of Orthodoxy in the great centers of the world. What a great mystery our faith contains. In […]

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