Interview with Fr. Moses Berry, USA: “The Church belongs to everyone”



Interview with Fr. Moses Berry, USA:

“The Church belongs to everyone”



Fr. Moses Berry, an OCA priest ministering at Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Missouri, has an unusual story. In 1998, he moved with his family from St. Louis to his family’s farm in Ash Grove, near Springfield. Century Farm has been in the Berry family since 1872; on the property a cemetery dedicated to “Slaves, Paupers, and Native Americans” needed maintenance and oversight, and so Fr. Moses left a mission in the city to return to his rural boyhood home.

A small group of faithful collected around the new mission, Theotokos “Unexpected Joy.” The tiny cemetery chapel hosted the first services; in 2000 the mission was received into the Orthodox Church in America, and in 2003 parishioners erected a temple.

Fr. Moses travels widely to give talks on mission and also on local Afro-American history; folks who have met him elsewhere often stop by to worship when they pass through the Continue reading “Interview with Fr. Moses Berry, USA: “The Church belongs to everyone””


Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa


Orthodox Archbishopric of Good Hope,

Cape Town, South Africa

Orthodox Centre

37 Lyndon Cres
Pinati, Cape Town, 7780
South Africa


South Africa

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


Orthodox Christian Cathedral of St George

in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa


Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George

75 Mountain Rd, Woodstock,

Cape Town,


South Africa



Cape Town:
Saint George’s Cathedral,

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

Postal address:
P O Box 809,

Protopresvyter – Father Nikolaos Giamouridis

021-5510788; 082-5787415


Father Michael Simos

Telephone: 082-555- 0234


Details of the services for October 2015 are available here.


Video: Christ is Risen! – Holy Easter in Ghana, Africa




Christ is Risen! – Holy Easter in Ghana, Africa

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




St Moses of Ethiopia (+405)

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.



Western Kasai, Congo: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy – A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God




Western Kasai, Congo:

Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy –

A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Nina, a 10-year-old girl, was the third child of a family which lived in Western Kasai (Congo). Her two previous siblings, two boys, died early, making Nina an only child.

Nina was born from a mother with strong religious interests, to such an extent that she had embraced a Protestant heresy and become a “Pastoress” (woman priest).

Nina followed her mother to Protestant gathering. However, the good reputation of the Orthodox Missionary School brought the little girl to the Orthodox school. From then on she underwent a series of internal and external changes.

As time passed, Nina began to become reluctant and unwilling to follow her mother to the Protestant gatherings. She perfectly followed—even though she wasn’t baptized—the Orthodox church gatherings. Not much time passed before the girl sought to be baptized [Orthodox]!

Her parents, and much more so her grandmother, didn’t want to hear of this. This increased Nina’s desire to receive Holy Baptism.

Her father ultimately accepted his daughter’s request, and came to the following decision: “my first two children died, one at age two and the other at age one. My little girl has turned ten. Let her be baptized, as she wants so much, because maybe she might die too!” The rest of the family complied and received his decision with sadness.

Nina thanked her heavenly and earthly father with all her heart. She went through catechism for a short time, and was found ready for baptism. She of course continues to go to her religious studies constantly, and she never missed the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion on Sundays and Feasts.

Nina’s soul felt a deep and mystical connection with the All-Holy Person of the Most-Holy Theotokos Mary, and she went around her house and placed Her holy icon on the highest cabinet of the dining room, causing several negative reactions by the rest of the family. She withstood, however, and managed to have the holy icon of the Theotokos stay where she placed it.

On Sundays, the “Pastoress” mother of Nina received many Protestants in her house. As soon as the Protestants saw the icon of the Theotokos, they protested, and sought the Continue reading “Western Kasai, Congo: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy – A miracle of Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God”

The sound of Divine Steps in Ivory Coast, Africa – Mass Baptism


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The sound of Divine Steps in Ivory Coast, Africa

Mass Baptism

Africa … «Faith possible, many wonders . ” We arrived ,” recounts Bishop Panteleimon of Ghana , “after 18 hours journey in the Ivory Coast and said : Now what? … And, when disappointed and we decided to return to Ghana , the phone rings . It was a group of people who for six years was looking the roots of Christianity upon research discoveries to Orthodoxy … their intentions are pure … I decided to baptize them… We went to see the lagoon , where the next day would be a baptism. Full trash (up to 2,5 m from the coast). That will take the oil ? Where are It will be the mystery ? Would like months to clean it up … In the evening windstorm broke… the next morning there was not a debris… after… Blessed with captured heartbreaking pain. I had to go to hospital… I kept… were the first Orthodox Christians”».


Fr. John Kostof

The Sound of Divine Steps

St. John Damascene

Athens 2011