Of the many miracles that Jesus performed, surely the healing of the man born blind ranks among the greatest. According to St. John Chrysostom’s interpretation, the man’s eyes were literally created with mud moistened by Jesus’s saliva and opened by washing them in the Pool of Siloam. While modern medicine cannot replicate such marvels, it […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
Dear friends in Christ, I have exciting news to share! Normally I focus my updates on general news from Guatemala, but this time I want to share something special from my own life. Over the past months, I have asked you to pray for my guidance in questions of marriage. That request is rather personal, but I have felt so much love and support from all of you that I wanted to share what was...See full post at "Pages in the Story - Mayan Orthodoxy"
The members of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL, recently hosted a banquet focused on the Orthodox mission in Guatemala, which is under the omophorion of His Eminence Athenagoras of Mexico. This banquet was organized by Mission Team Chicago in support of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and the missionaries working in Guatemala. I was invited to give the...See full post at "Pages in the Story - Mayan Orthodoxy"
What’s it like to be an itinerant priest in Guatemalan, visiting your many parishes on a bi-monthly basis? With so much to do and so little time for hearing confessions, performing weddings and baptisms and celebrating the Divine Liturgy, there is both a sense of “great joy and great sorrow,” to quote that […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
Solomon, I have outdone thee,” were the words spoken by Justinian the Great in the 6th century as he beheld the awe-inspiring beauty of his newly rebuilt cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God- St. Sophia in Constantinople. Since that time, Orthodox Christian churches have endeavored to replicate elements of that same classical design. Usually […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
From the Saturday of Lazarus to the celebration of Pascha, we walked in Jesus’ footsteps in and through the humble village of Aguacate. Through our Orthodox Holy Week rituals the Mayan faithful felt the power of Christ’s passion, transforming the familiar ground upon which they walked into their own Holy Land. Seen through the long […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"