"And send word to the Franks, that the Turk has taken the City, to come and empty it, to leave nothing behind. To take Aghia Sophia, with its gold screens, to take the Gospel, and the Altar.
"And our Lady when she heard it, her eyes filled with tears, and Michael and Gabriel they comforted her: Weep not our Lady, and be not tearful, With the passing of years, and in time, they'll be ours again".
Until such a time as that arrives, the Church of the Holy Wisdom of God -Aghia Sophia- is being built not on the Bosphorus of the Roman Empire, but in the mountains of the Empire State, in Woodstock, NY.
An exact replica of the Great Church of the Holy Wisdom of Constantinople is being rebuilt. The new Aghia Sophia will be a functioning Church, not a museum. It is being constructed at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Ascension.
“Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.”
We mustn’t have absolute trust in human beings for our salvation, no matter what dignity they have. Human beings are changeable. Today they are saints, tomorrow—deniers. Today—sinners, tomorrow—righteous. We must have absolute trust in God, and in Him we must base our hopes of salvation. “Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 145:5). Read more...
Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...