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Witchcraft in Congo: Testimonies from the Orthodox Mission in Africa by Monk Damascenos Gregoriates

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Testimonies from the Orthodox Mission in Africa

by Monk Damascenos Gregoriates

Humanly speaking, Africa is the most unfairly treated continent when it comes to the spreading of the salvific word of God. Reasons of natural obstacles or other negative parameters did not facilitate the divine kerygma to reach the innermost parts of the continent, except only around its northern and northeastern regions. It may have been the plan of Divine Providence, for the Faith to spread there, only recently, during the twentieth century…

It is a known fact that other Christian “churches” have been established in practically all of Africa, since the middle of the 18th century, through colonization by European peoples. Apart from the purpose of exploiting those gold-bearing soils, these peoples had also arranged to propagate their religion. Thus, there are Papist christians there since the middle of the 18th century, Protestants from the beginning of the 20th century, followed by latter-day heretical “churches” with a christian or even a demonic content, that were formed by African pastors.

These “churches”, which are cut off from the fullness of the Truth and Life, have never managed – not in the past nor in the present (nor will they ever manage in the future) – to deliver the mystically-minded African from his Continue reading “Witchcraft in Congo: Testimonies from the Orthodox Mission in Africa by Monk Damascenos Gregoriates”

Saint Moses the Ethiopian, Monk & Priest-Martyr in Egypt (+405) August 28

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Saint Moses the Ethiopian,

Monk & Priest-Martyr in Egypt (+405)

August 28

Saint Moses the Ethiopian (330–405), (also known as Abba Moses the Robber, the Black, the Abyssinian, the Ethiopian and the Strong) was an ascetic monk and priest in Egypt in the fourth century AD, and a notable Desert Father.

Moses was a servant of a government official in Egypt who dismissed him for theft and suspected murder. A large, imposing figure, he became the leader of a gang of bandits who roamed the Nile Valley spreading terror and violence.

On one occasion, a barking dog prevented Moses from carrying out a robbery, so he swore vengeance on the owner. Weapons in his mouth, Moses swam the river toward the owner’s hut. The owner, again alerted, hid, and the frustrated Moses took some of his sheep to slaughter. Attempting to go In front of local authorities, he took shelter with some monks in a colony in the desert of Wadi El Natrun, then called Sketes, near Alexandria. The dedication of their lives, as well as their peace and contentment, influenced Moses deeply. He soon gave up his old way of life, became a Christian, was baptized and joined the monastic community at Scetes.

Moses had a rather difficult time adjusting to regular monastic discipline. His flair for adventure remained with him. Attacked by a group of robbers in his desert cell, Moses fought back, overpowered the intruders, and dragged them to the chapel where the other monks were at prayer. He told the brothers that he did not think it Christian to hurt the robbers and asked what he should do with them. Moses was zealous in all he did, but became discouraged when he concluded he was not perfect enough. Early one morning, Saint Isidore, abbot of the monastery, took Moses to the roof and together they watched the first rays of dawn come over the horizon. Isidore told Moses, “Only slowly do the rays of the sun drive away the night and usher in a new day, and thus, only slowly does one become a perfect contemplative.”

Moses proved to be effective as a prophetic spiritual leader. The abbot ordered the brothers to fast during a particular week. Some brothers came to Moses, and he prepared a meal for them. Neighboring monks reported to the abbot that Moses was breaking the fast. When they came to confront Moses, they changed their minds, saying “You did not keep a human commandment, but it was so that you might keep the divine commandment of hospitality.” Some see in this account one of the earliest allusions to the Paschal fast, which developed at this time.

When a brother committed a fault and Moses was invited to a meeting to discuss an appropriate penance, Moses refused to attend. When he was again called to the meeting, Moses took a leaking jug filled with water and carried it on his shoulder. Another version of the story has him carrying a basket filled with sand. When he arrived at the meeting place, the others asked why he was carrying the jug. He replied, “My sins run out behind me and I do not see them, but today I am coming to judge the errors of another.” On hearing this, the assembled brothers forgave the erring monk.

Moses became the spiritual leader of a colony of hermits in the Western Desert. Later, he was ordained a priest

At about age 75, about the year 405 AD, a group of Berbers planned to attack the monastery. The brothers wanted to defend themselves, but Moses forbade it. He told them to retreat, rather than take up weapons. He and seven others remained behind and were martyred by the bandits.

His feast day is on August 28.

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Orthodox Christian Cathedral of St George in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

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Orthodox Christian Cathedral of St George

in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

 

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George

75 Mountain Rd, Woodstock,

Cape Town,

7915,

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Cape Town:
Saint George’s Cathedral,
Woodstock

Street address:
75 Mountain Road,
Woodstock,
Cape Town, South Africa

Postal address:
P O Box 809,
Milnerton,
7435

Priest:
Protopresvyter – Father Nikolaos Giamouridis

Telephone:
021-5510788; 082-5787415

Email:
nich.giamouridis@gmail.com

Deacon:
Father Michael Simos

Telephone: 082-555- 0234

E-mail: michaelsimos@gmail.com

Details of the services for October 2015 are available here.

 

Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

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Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope,

Cape Town, South Africa

Orthodox Centre

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Pinati, Cape Town, 7780
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