A Native American Prayer – We will fly on wings like eagles

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A Native American Prayer

We will fly on wings like eagles

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Dear God

I bow my head

and ask,

If it be Thy will,

please save this land

from those who seek

to destroy it.

-Amen-

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So we are truly on a wing and prayer. What an incredible symbol. When I was in Alaska as part of Alaska Team 2001 sent by the Orthodox Christian Missionary Center (http://www.ocmc.org) I saw a bald eagle, everyday, and if I saw one, I ALWAYS saw three minimum.

I’ve always loved our national symbol and spending the time that I did in Alaska gave me such a feeling of peace and love for this land in which I was born and for it’s Native Peoples that I can’t even express. Seeing Eagles everyday gave me a feeling like I was sharing my experience with them.

I am aware that such atrocities were committed against the Indigenous Populations here in both North & South America (let’s not forget the Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as well), by Western Europeans in the name of God and of “Progress”. While Alaskans were not totally exempt from all that, it should be noted that the Orthodox Church in Alaska more often helped and protected the Alaskans (where & when they could).

Anyone who is interested can check out our website at: http://www.NAOCF.org for more information and through that site you can reach out to our Spiritual Adviser Fr. Thomas Andrew who is a Native Yupik Priest. Also, I’ll refer you to a PDF of our Journal (also available on our website) in particular an article written by Fr. Michael Oleksa, another Native Priest living and serving in Alaska. They are just two of the Native clergy serving Our Lord and their People in the North.

 

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Tlingit Orthodox Language Texts ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Tlingit Native American

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Tlingit Orthodox Language Texts

First Version of the Lord’s Prayer in the Tlingit Language
translator unknown – manuscript 1812, published 1816 (0.2 MB)

An Exercise in Translation into the Tlingit Language
Selection from “Observations about the Tlingit & Kodiak languages”
by Dimitry Larionov – published 1846 by St. Innocent (Veniaminov) (0.4 MB)

• Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew
by Rdr. Ivan Nadezhdin – manuscript 1854-1859

An Early Published Version of the Lord’s Prayer
Selection from “The Frigate Pallada: Descriptions of the Voygage of Ivan Goncharov”
by Rdr. Ivan Nadezhdin – published 1858 by Ivan Goncharov (0.5 MB)

Prayers in the Tlingit (Kolosh) Language
by Fr. Vladimir Donskoi – published 1895 (0.1 MB)

Membership Regulations & Oath
Orthodox Society of St. Michael the Archangel in Sitka
by St. Anatoly (Kamensky) – manuscript 1896 (0.2 MB)

Sbornik (Selections) of Church Hymns and Prayers
by Rdr. Ivan Nadezhdin – published 1896 (0.2 MB)

The Indication of the Pathway into the Kingdom of Heaven: Part 1
by St. Innocent (Veniaminov), translated by Sergei I. Kostromitinov – published 1901 (0.2 MB)

Short History of the Old & New Testaments (in Questions & Answers)
• Part 1: Old Testament History
• Part 2: New Testament History
by Fr. Vladimir Donskoi and Michael Sinkiel’ – published 1901 (0.9 MB)

Orthodox Burial Hymn, Tone 6
Translation of the hymn “As ye behold me lie before you all”
by Fr. Andrew P. Kashevarof – typewritten 1920 (0.1 MB)

Selections from the Twelve Pre-Communion Prayers
Prayers 1, 4, 8, 11 of the Pre-Communion Rule of Prayers
by Fr. Andrew P. Kashevarof – typewritten 1920 (0.4 MB)

Holy Icon of All Saints of Canada & USA

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The Not So Eastern Church – Fr. Lawrence Farley

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The Not So Eastern Church

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Fr. Lawrence Farley

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I can, I think, count on the fingers of my one hand the number of times I have described myself as an Eastern Orthodox. Usually the preferred self-designation is simply “Orthodox,” but sometimes this provokes confusion, as when I am further asked, “Oh, are you Jewish?” The respondent has clearly heard of Orthodox Jews, and supposes that I must be one of them, though you would think the big pectoral cross around my neck would tip them off somewhat that I was a Christian. On these occasions I am reduced to elaborating more fully, saying that I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian: “You know, like the Russians, or the Greeks?” The respondent’s eyes then glaze over for a moment, since I am neither Russian, nor Greek, but they usually let the matter drop. In these conversations, the adjective “eastern” serves to connect me with a known quantity, such as the Russian Orthodox Church or the Greek Orthodox Church—i.e. the ones on television with the fancy robes and the icons.

There is a reason for not referring to our Church as “the Eastern Orthodox Church”—namely, that we are not in fact eastern. Our own jurisdiction has its membership in the west (i.e. North America), and my own parish is situated on the extreme west coast of Continue reading “The Not So Eastern Church – Fr. Lawrence Farley”

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Native American Pathways to Orthodoxy – Marriane Poulos

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Native American Pathways to Orthodoxy

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Marriane Poulos

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I first felt the words of Christ come to life on a Pueblo Native American reservation in New Mexico, at “Ok’Ay Oh Ween Geh,” (Place of the Strong People.) The first time I stepped into the home of my Pueblo friend I was told, “This is not just my home, it is yours, too. And know that you always have a place to come home to, no matter how long it takes you to return.” How Christ-like this Indian elder was. The more our friendship grew, the more I was able to admire his goodness. Once I even saw him give the last of his money to an enemy. I also began to learn more of his people’s history. When the Spanish first came to the Southwest they called the Native Americans pagans. By force the colonizers converted them to Catholicism. They severely beat and hung many tribal leaders unless they allowed themselves to be baptized, immediately. They were made slaves. They were given Spanish names. “The Continue reading “Native American Pathways to Orthodoxy – Marriane Poulos”

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