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Σας ευχαριστούμε που μας βρήκατε

Γράφει ὁ Bernie May: «Στίς ἀρχές Μαΐου τοῦ 1972, ὁ καλός μου φίλος ὁ Μπένγκετ Γιάνβικ ἔγινε τό ἀντικείμενο μιᾶς μαζικῆς ἐπιχειρήσεως διασώσεως, ἐνῶ μετέφερε ἕνα καινούργιο ἀεροπλάνο στήν Galena τῆς Αλάσκας. Τό ὕπουλο “βροχερό πέρασμα”, μιά πυξίδα πού ταλαντευόταν καί κάποια ἀπότομα καθοδικά ρεύματα εἶχαν σάν ἀποτέλεσμα νά συντριβῆ σ᾽ ἕνα ἀπρόσιτο βουνίσιο φαράγγι. Ὁ Μπένγκετ, ἄν καί ἐπέζησε ἀπ᾽ τήν πτῶσι χωρίς τραύματα, ἦταν ἀγνοούμενος. Μιά χιονοθύελλα πού ξέσπασε, κάλυψε ὅλη τήν περιοχή γιά τίς ἑπόμενες τέσσερεις μέρες.

Στό μεταξύ οἱ ἀρχές καί οἱ φίλοι του ἔκαναν ὅ,τι μποροῦσαν. Πενῆντα ὁμάδες ἔρευνας καί διασώσεως καί ἄλλα τόσα στρατιωτικά καί πολιτικά ἀεροπλάνα ἄρχισαν νά ψάχνουν τό βουνό. Ἕνας φίλος ἐπιχειρηματίας ἀπ᾽ τήν California πῆγε στήν Αλάσκα καί μίσθωσε ἐπιπλέον ἀεροπλάνα καί ἑλικόπτερα, γιά νά βοηθήσουν στίς ἔρευνες. Χριστιανοί φίλοι ἀπ᾽ ὅλο τόν κόσμο προσεύχονταν.

Τήν πέμπτη μέρα ἀναγνωριστικά ἀεροπλάνα πέταξαν πάνω ἀπ᾽ τόν Μπένγκετ, ὅμως δέν τόν εἶδαν. Τή δέκατη τρίτη μέρα τά ἀεροπλάνα σταμάτησαν τίς ἔρευνες. Καθώς τελείωναν τά ἐφόδιά του, ὁ Μπένγκετ πίστευε πώς κάθε ἐλπίδα σωτηρίας εἶχε χαθῆ. Ἐκείνη τή δέκατη τρίτη μέρα, ὅμως, ἕνα ἑλικόπτερο, πού πέταξε στό φαράγγι, τόν ἐντόπισε.

Ὁ χαμένος βρέθηκε! Μπορεῖτε νά φαντασθῆτε τήν ἀγαλλίασι καί τόν ἐνθουσιασμό! Ἡ γυναῖκα καί τά παιδιά του, οἱ φίλοι του, οἱ ὁμάδες ἔρευνας, ὅλοι ξεφώνιζαν ἀπ᾽ τή χαρά τους.

Τότε ὀργανώθηκε μιά δεξίωσι. Ὁ μεγαλύτερος διαθέσιμος χῶρος, μέ καθίσματα γιά 250 ἄτομα, ἦταν ἀσφυκτικά γεμάτος. Συντονιστής τῆς βραδυᾶς ἦταν ὁ ἐπιχειρηματίας, πού εἶχε ναυλώσει τό ἑλικόπτερο, ὅταν ὅλα τά ἄλλα ἀεροπλάνα εἶχαν ἐγκαταλείψει τίς προσπάθειες. Ὁ Μπένγκετ, ὁ ἴδιος, εἶχε τήν εὐκαιρία νά πῆ “εὐχαριστῶ” στούς ἀνθρώπους, πού εἶχαν περάσει ὧρες καί μέρες, ψάχνοντας γι᾽ αὐτόν, ἕνα χαμένο, τόν ὁποῖο δέν τόν γνώριζαν προσωπικά.

Καθώς ὁ Μπένγκετ μᾶς ἐδιηγεῖτο αὐτή τήν ἱστορία, δέν μπόρεσα νά μή σκεφθῶ μιά ἄλλη σύναξι. Τελετάρχης θά εἶναι ὁ ἴδιος ὁ Ἰησοῦς. Ἡ μεγαλόπρεπη οὐράνια αἴθουσα θά εἶναι κατάμεστη. Μπορῶ νά ἀκούσω ἀνθρώπους ἀπό διάφορες φυλές —Κάμπας, Κέουας, Ἄουκας— νά λένε:

“Σᾶς εὐχαριστοῦμε, γιατί ὀργανώσατε τήν ὁμάδα σωτηρίας· σᾶς εὐχαριστοῦμε, γιατί παραμείνατε σ᾽ αὐτήν. Σᾶς εὐχαριστοῦμε πού μᾶς βρήκατε. Βρισκόμαστε ἐδῶ, ἐπειδή ἐσεῖς ἐνδιαφερθήκατε”».

Ἀπό το βιβλίο: Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ, Ψυχική Τόνωσι, Διαχρονικό Ἡμερολόγιο, Ἐκδόσεις Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης Δαμασκηνός (2108229542), Σταμάτα 2017

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The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

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The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas

By Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

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DEATH TO THE WORLD

I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.

I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…

Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.

I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…

Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with black corpses, white snow, pagan fires and virulent animals.

I took a bus north from Delhi. It was crowded, tight and cramped, flies buzzed between my face and the windows smeared with brown slime. It’s so Continue reading “The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”

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The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

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ALASKA OF MY HEART

The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga

By Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani,

Alaska, USA

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DEATH TO THE WORLD

I’m reminded of pilgrims at the Himalayan foothills seeking passage around the icy mouth of the Ganges River. Among these hikers were two very different men, one an intelligent geologist and the other a simple backpacker.

The geologist put every trust in his mind.

As he told others, “I know all there is about the composition of mountains and valleys. I know how they’re formed and why they’re here. Look, I understand everything and really don’t need backcountry camping lessons, nor do I have time to get in shape for this journey.”

So, he left unprepared, but very confident for the hard journey ahead.

Meanwhile, the simple backpacker didn’t count on his intelligence alone. Rather, he worked out every day, getting his body into good health, also while getting to know the locals who passed through these mountains. He learned where to find shelter, what places and people to avoid, and knew precisely where he was going. He was very humble about this undertaking.

At the first snowstorm the first man panicked. He forgot all about geology and his journey grew difficult and painful. The simpler man, however, brought to mind what he learned from those before him, drawing on ancient wisdom and, remembering his maps, actually wound around these mountains with much effort but safely.

One man arrived from his journey to new land.

The proud man was never found.

The secret closet, man’s heart, is the starting place where we embark on this journey. It is concealed by many thorns and bushes, within the folds of our passions, thoughts and ego. Our life, then, may seem a Russian nesting doll. When Christ comes like a gardener, we may not recognize Him. Sometimes it is only when we don’t experience Him, though, that like the Prodigal Son we remember His bread and turn to face Him, which is what repentance is all about.

When we taste life apart from Him, which is not truly life but pigs and husks, we experience a foretaste of hell. This often has profound effects upon a Continue reading “The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”

Saint John (Ivan) Smirennikov the Aleut of Alaska (+19th ce.)

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Saint John (Ivan) Smirennikov the Aleut of Alaska (+19th ce.)

This Aleut Orthodox tribal elder was known as a local ‘shaman’ who cured illness and told fishermen where to find large catches, just as shaman had done throughout the Arctic since time immemorial.

St. Innocent arrived at Akun Island on June 12, 1828 (O.S.), on a trip from Unalaska to Unimak Island, some 400 miles to the east. This was nearly four years after St. Innocent had first arrived in Alaska. St. Innocent was surprised to note that the people of the island were waiting for him at the shore, dressed in their finest clothing. The islanders greeted him by name, even before he introduced himself to them. When he asked them why they were waiting for him and how they knew his name, he was told that their shaman had informed them of his coming. St. Innocent thought this strange, but as he went about his work on the island, he put the incident out of his mind. However, as the days progressed, it came to his attention that one of the elders of the island, who had diligently come to services, and had prepared for and received Holy Communion, was unhappy with him. St. Innocent, wishing to avoid all misunderstandings, called to meet the man, known as Ivan Smirennikov.

The meeting took place, and Smirennikov expressed dissatisfaction that St. Innocent hadn’t asked why the islanders called him a shaman, even though the title bothered Smirennikov. As it turns out, Smirennikov had been baptized by Hieromonk Makary, and after his departure, he told St. Innocent, he had continually been visited almost daily for thirty years by two bright figures, who taught him in the ways of the faith. He, in turn, shared this with the rest of the village. These figures would also sometimes tell him things that were going to happen, which is how the islanders knew that St. Innocent would be arriving and his name. St. Innocent was first curious to meet these two, and he asked Smirennikov if he could meet them as well, and while Smirennikov went to ask if this was permissable, St. Innocent thought the better of it, reasoning that there was no way that demons would spend thirty years instructing someone on matters of the Faith. Furthermore, he considered himself unworthy to come into the presence of these spirits, and that Smirennikov had demonstrated enough to him for him alone that he did not need to meet these spirits to believe.

Before leaving Akun, St. Innocent wrote all these things down, and had them attested to, in writing, by Smirennikov and by his translator, a man by the name of Ivan Pankov. Also, he instructed the Akun islanders to no longer call Smirennikov a shaman. He then sent a copy of his experiences and Smirennikov’s testimony to his bishop, Bishop Michael (Byrudov) of Irkutsk. A reply was eventually received; blessing St. Innocent to go and meet the spirits, should they still be appearing to Ivan Smirennikov on St. Innocent’s next visit to Akun. Unfortunately, by the time St. Innocent visited Akun again, the elder Smirennikov had reposed, and the Angels of Akun appeared to no one else.

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The Shaman and the Saint

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The Shaman and the Saint

St. Innocent, Equal to the Apostles had an illustrious career – he began as a simple missionary priest to the Aleut people of Alaska, and wound up as Metropolitan of Moscow. But even though he was an important and influential man, he was humble and unassuming, very aware of his failings and his temptations. Because of this, St. Innocent managed to miss meeting angels.

St. Innocent’s first parish was a series of islands spread over 1700 miles of the Bering Sea. He and his family settled on Unalaska Island, and he made a point of traveling by kayak and ship to as many islands and villages as he could during the year to attend to the needs of his parishioners.

In April of 1828, some people from Unimak Island arrived in Dutch Harbour. They had come to ask him if he would visit them. Unimak is about four hundred miles north east (as the crow flies) from Unalaska. He told the delegation that he’d be happy to come with them, but on the way, he wanted to stop at Akun Island, which lies halfway between Unalaska and Unimak.

We have to remember that in 1828, the telephone hadn’t been invented yet. Mail service was nonexistent, except when the company ships brought parcels and letters from Russia or Sitka, and in any case, the Aleut people, until St. Innocent arrived, hadn’t needed a written language, so they didn’t read or Continue reading “The Shaman and the Saint”

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Ο Άγιος Γερμανός της Αλάσκας (+1836)

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Σύγχρονο θαύμα του Αγίου Γερμανού της Αλάσκας μέσω

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AMERICA OF MY HEART

Το 1741 η ρωσική εξερευνητική αποστολή των Βίτους Μπέριγκ και Αλεξέι Τσιρικώφ ανακάλυψε τις Αλεούτες Νήσους και έδωσε το έναυσμα για την αποίκιση της αχανούς εκτάσεως της Αλάσκας. Σύντομα κατέφθασαν έμποροι, κυνηγοί γουνοφόρων ζώων και τυχοδιώκτες κάθε λογής, άπληστοι για τα πλούτη της περιοχής, και στα βήματα τους ακολούθησαν θαρραλέοι ιεραπόστολοι, οι όποιοι, αψηφώντας τους κινδύνους, το δριμύ κλίμα και την εχθρότητα των αποίκων, ήλθαν για να σπείρουν τον σπόρο του Ευαγγελίου μεταξύ των ιθαγενών. Αυτοί οι ιεραπόστολοι ίδρυσαν την Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία του Νέου Κόσμου την στερέωσαν στον βράχο της πίστεως και την κόσμησαν με τα δάκρυα της ασκήσεως και το αίμα του μαρτυρίου.

Ό όσιος πατήρ ημών Γερμανός, ο όποιος εκάρη μοναχός το 1783 στην ονομαστή Μονή Βαλαάμ στις όχθες της λίμνης Λατόγκα, ήταν ένας άπ’ αυτούς τους αξιοθαύμαστους ιεραποστόλους. Με ζήλο υποτάχθηκε στον άγιο ηγούμενο Ναζάριο, πού τον έστειλε, μαζί με άλλους τρεις ιερομόναχους, το 1793, για ιεραποστολή στην Αλάσκα. Υπέστησαν οδοιπορία στις αχανείς παγωμένες εκτάσεις, πηγαίνοντας από νησί σε νησί με σαθρά πλεούμενα, κήρυτταν αδιάκοπα τα λόγο του Ευαγγελίου, προτρέποντας τους ιθαγενείς να κάψουν τα είδωλα τους, να εγκαταλείψουν την πολυγαμία και τα παγανιστικά ήθη τους για να ασπασθούν τα ευαγγελικό ήθος και να λάβουν τον φωτισμό του αγίου Βαπτίσματος.

Γενικά, τους επιφυλασσόταν καλή υποδοχή· ορισμένοι όμως ιθαγενείς, παρακινούμενοι από σαμάνους μάγους, αντιστέκονταν στο κήρυγμα και Continue reading “Η μεταστροφή του Αμερικανού π. Αθανασίου Kone & της οικογένεια του από τον Προτεσταντισμό στην Ορθοδοξία – Σύγχρονο θαύμα του Αγίου Γερμανού της Αλάσκας μέσω του π. Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ της California, ΗΠΑ”