Twenty Six Children Baptized into the Mayan Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Jesse Brandow: Missionary to Guatemala and Mexico - 23/1/2019 As part of the ongoing missionary works, 26 new kids were baptized into the Mayan Orthodox Chruch in Guatemala. The Mayan Orthodox are a group of several thousand Guatemalans and Mexicans who came into the Orthodox Church in 2010 under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico. They are ...

TOUCHING HEAVEN IN GUAXACANA

The Mayan Orthodox Church - 12/2/18 One of the joys in visiting a parish in Guatemala is the warm welcome given to the visiting clergy. Such was the case upon our arrival at the village of Guaxacana (wa-sha-ca-na) on January 28th. Not only was the Orthodox community celebrating the 14th anniversary of its founding, but also the installation ...

New Monastery for Serbian Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Church of Serbia - 12/12/17 His Eminence Amfilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and the Administrator of South-Central America, paying a canonical visitation to this Diocese,arrived to the monastery of Holy Trinity in Guatemala on 5 November 2017. His Eminence was welcomed by abbess of the monastery mother Ines with the sisterhood, protopresbiter-staurophor Alexios Pena Alfaro, ...

FINDING PARADISE IN THE MISSION FIELD

“Arise, O God, judge the earth…” chanted on Holy Saturday to the delight of the faithful.

Mayan Orthodox Church - June - July - August 2017 What is the happiness that God calls us to?  Can we find paradise on earth?  Serving now as I do in the fertile mission field of Guatemala, I often experience privileged moments of spiritual joy in the humblest of settings.  My first such mission epiphany occurred ...

ORTHODOX SEMINARY OF ST. ANDREW BEGINS WORK IN GUATEMALA

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Pravoslavie.ru  - 10/8/17 A new seminary program has begun training eager candidates in Guatemala, where the Orthodox Church is rapidly growing, missionary to Guatemala and Mexico Jesse Brandow writes on his Facebook page. The program aims to educate leaders of all types in the Church, whether clerical or lay, and features instruction on-site and via Skype. “Today we began a ...

Songs of the Divine Liturgy in Spanish : Himnos de la Divina Liturgia en Español

The Mayan Orthodox Church - October 2016 The Orthodox Church continues to grow in Guatemala, and one of the areas of progress is chuch music. A beautiful youth choir has formed at the Church of the Annunciation in Aguacate, Guatemala, where the people now sing the entire Divine Liturgy. There also is an excellent choir at the ...

CATHEDRALS OF THE POOR IN GUATEMALA

The Mayan Orthodox Church - June-July 2016 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 ...

ORTHODOXY IN IXCAN: A STORY OF RESILIENT FAITH

Inside view of temporary church

The Mayan Orthodox Church - April- May 2016-  Father John Chakos Up until the late fifties, the sparsely populated jungle area of Ixcan in western Guatemala was thought to be worthless by the government. In an effort to populate the region for the benefit of the indigenous tribes, a program of land reform was initiated. ...

“You are bread”: Jesse Brandow – Missionary to Guatemala

Standing with a parish community in Todos Santos, Guatemala

January 2016-Jesse Brandow (SVOTS 2013) "Remember: you are bread." During my time at St. Vladimir's Seminary, Fr. Chad Hatfield closed a lenten reflection with this exhortation. I only understood his words after seminary when I experienced the hunger of the crowds that surround Christ. As an SVS alumnus, I work in Guatemala where thousands of ...

ARCHBISHOP BLESSES AGUACATE MAYAN ORTHODOX CLINIC AMIDST NATIONAL HEALTHCARE CRISIS

The Mayan Orthodox Church - November 2015 On November 8, Archbishop Athenagoras arrived in Aguacate, Guatemala to bless the newly completed Father Andres Giron medical/dental clinic, his gift to the long-suffering Mayan people of that region. Why is this outreach so important to them? Why were the faithful so happy to receive this blessing? With half ...

OCMC – You Are Needed as Part of a Mission Team in 2016!

Orthodox Mission Team opportunities for 2016 are now available! You service is needed! Please apply today and help lead youth camps, teach the Faith, minister to women, restore a church, or offer healthcare in a world longing for the love of Christ.

Orthodox Christian Mission Center - October 2015 Visit OCMC Website here: Around the world there are adults and children longing to learn more about the Faith. There are women who want to offer their time and talents to the Church, but need guidance on how best to serve. There are people desperate for healthcare. In 2016, Orthodox Mission ...

OCMC INAUGURATES CLINIC OUTREACH IN GUATEMALA

Village woman seekong treatment for her child

The Mayan Orthodox Church - September  2015 After one year of planning, building, equipping and hectic last-minute preparations, the Father Andres Giron Clinic in Aguacate, Guatemala began operations on August 20, 2015. It was staffed by a dedicated team of nine 0CMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center) health professionals. It had been a year fraught with challenges ...

Fr. Fernando to succeed Fr. Andrés as the leader of the Mayan Orthodox Church

  Mayan Orthodox Church - 28/2/15 Dear friends and family, I hope you're staying warm! My sympathies to everyone in New England as you trudge through a winter apocalypse! This month will be news-oriented with updates about Guatemala and about myself. There's a lot to share! Guatemala News Last November, priests from Guatemala met with Metropolitan Athenagoras in Mexico City ...

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 ...

Thousands of Roman Catholics Continue to Join Syriac Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Mor Titus  &  Mor Yacoub Edward

Ann Marai Husser (OCP Delegate of North & South America) OCP News Service - 27/10/14 More photos here: Visit the Guatemalan Archdiocese website here: Also visit the Mayan Eastern Orthodox Church here:  Guatemala City: Large numbers of Roman Catholics are joining the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East in the country. It is estimated that, during the past ...

Listen to “Mayan Orthodoxy,” a Recorded Lecture

Jesse Brandow- The Mayan Orthodox Community  June - July 2014 On May 18th, I delivered a public lecture at St. Vladimir's Seminary on the growth of Mayan Orthodoxy in Guatemala. The lecture focused on the rich, volcanic soil of Guatemala as the key to understanding the history and culture of the country. The fertile soil has ...

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 ...

MEDICAL MISSION: UNMERCENARIES NEEDED

Robert Kirschner of Surgicorps with village child

Mayan Orthdooxy - June 2014 On May 29th, Robert Kirschner representing Surgicorps, Maxwell Dotson the CEO of the newly formed NGO- One World, One Community- and I traveled to the remote village of Aguacate, Guatemala, located a short distance below the southern border of Mexico. Our purpose was to explore the possibility of building a health ...

Mayan Orthodoxy topic of presentation at SVOTS – May 18

May 2014 Jesse Brandow, a 2013 alumnus of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here and long-term missionary candidate to Guatemala, will deliver a free public presentation, “Mayan Orthodoxy: Explosion of Faith,” in the seminary’s Bashir Auditorium of the Metropolitan Leonity Education Building on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Brandow, who first traveled to Guatemala as part ...

Introducing Mayan Orthodoxy

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico - April 2014 Visit website here: Who are the Mayan Orthodox? The Mayan Orthodox are a group of several thousand Guatemalans and Mexicans who came into the Orthodox Church in 2010 under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico. They are called "Mayan" Orthodox because the majority of the converts are descendants of ...

The Explosive growth of Orthodox Christianity in Guatemala

21/5/13 Father David and Matushka Rozanne Rucker have been mission specialists for many years with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), which has missionaries around the world under the umbrella of the Assembly of Bishops. Guatemala has seen an explosive growth of Orthodox Christianity among thousands of indigenous Mayans, so now the Ruckers will be going ...