THE NEW FACE OF MAYAN CHRISTIANITY

Fireworks and shouts of joy greet the Archbishop

The Mayan Orthodox Church - Father John Chakos - 25/4/15 Christianity among the Mayan Indians is undergoing a dramatic change in places like Guatemala and Southern Mexico. This shifting of religious identity is part of a larger trend that is enveloping much of Latin America. According to the Pew Research Center report, published in November of 2014, “historical ...

Mission Updates from the Mayan Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Six couples are united in Christ  through the sacrament of marriage

  Father John Chakos - February 2015 Things have been busy, to say the least, since our recent arrival in Guatemala. There were 6 of us in our group: Fr. John and myself, Bob Kirschner – project director of our new clinic, Dr. Willie Manteris – a dentist and partner in the building of our clinic, Dave Sevick ...

The Church Mourns but not without Hope

Fr. Mihail introduces the Orthodox Calendar Book to the catechists

Mayan Orthodox Church, Guatemala - Father John Chakos - October 2014 After the loss of its dynamic and visionary leader- Fr. Andres Giron- the Guatemalan clergy and faithful entered into a difficult period of mourning and readjustment. In every parish that we visited, there was sadness, but no loss of hope. On the contrary, a strong desire ...

ORTHODOXY IN THE GUATEMALAN HIGHLANDS: A LIGHT SHINES BRIGHTLY

Juanita leads the choir in Aguacate

Father John Chakos Mayan Orthodox Community - July 2014 On the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, in the humble and unspoiled village of Aguacate, we celebrated one of the most moving liturgies of my stay in Guatemala. For the first time in the Altiplano, I had the joy of experiencing uninterrupted worship from “Blessed ...

MANY VOICES, ONE FLOCK: Church Music in Guatemala

Father John Chakos -  June 2014 - Mayan Orthodoxy On the day of Pentecost many foreign languages were ecstatically uttered by the apostles, but instead of dividing the multitude in attendance, it united them in a bond of love. Such was the experience of the five member OCMC catechetical team that came to teach the ...