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MAPS OF NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES SHOWING THEIR LOCATIONS – BY AARON CARAPELLA, USA

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Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., USA

has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations

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First Nations Map

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ST HERMAN OF ALASKA, USA – GLORIFICATION OF THE VENERABLE HERMAN OF ALASKA, WONDERWONDER OF ALL AMERICA

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Photos: Alaska, USA

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Glorification of the Venerable Herman of Alaska,

Wonderworker of All America

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Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America. A spiritual mission was organized in 1793, made up of monks of the Valaam Monastery. They were sent to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of northwestern America, who only ten years before had come under the sovereignty of Russia. St Herman was among the members of this Mission.

St Herman came from a family of merchants of Serpukhov, a city of the Moscow Diocese. His name before he was tonsured, and his family name are not known. (The monastic name is given when a monk takes his vows). He had a great zeal for piety from youth, and at sixteen he entered monastic life. (This was in 1772, if we assume that Herman was born in 1756, although sometimes 1760 is given as the date of his birth.) First he entered the Trinity-Sergius Hermitage which was located near the Gulf of Finland on the Peterhof Road, about 15 versts (about 10 miles) from St Petersburg.

MIRACULOUS HEALING OF HERMAN

At the St Sergius Hermitage there occurred the following incident to Father Herman. On the right side of his throat under his chin there appeared an abscess. The swelling grew rapidly, disfiguring his face. It became difficult for him to swallow, and the odor was unbearable. In this critical condition Father Herman awaited death. He did not appeal to a Continue reading ST HERMAN OF ALASKA, USA – GLORIFICATION OF THE VENERABLE HERMAN OF ALASKA, WONDERWONDER OF ALL AMERICA

SAINT OLGA MICHAEL OF ALASKA (NOV 8, +1979, ALASKA, USA): A HELPER IN RESTORING THE WORK OF GOD’S HANDS – BY FR. JOHN SHIMCHICK

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SAINT OLGA OF ALASKA, USA

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 Photo: Saint Olga of Alaska

Matushka Olga Michael:

A Helper in Restoring the Work of God’s Hands

By Fr. John Shimchick

Spring/Summer 1997

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Photo: Saint Olga of Alaska, +1979

Come, O assembly of the Orthodox,

and with love let us praise the holy women, men, and children,
those known to us and those known only to God,
and let us cry out to them:
Rejoice, All Saints of North America, and pray to God for us.

(The Commemoration of All Saints of North America)

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JACOB’S WELL

Saints of North America – known and unknown. While all of the canonized Saints of North America have so far been men, over the past few years an Orthodox woman, native of North America, has slowly become known to more and more people, particularly other Orthodox women.

Matushka Olga Michael, wife of the departed Archpriest Nikolai O. Michael from the village of Kwethluk on the Kuskokwim River in Alaska, as described in Fr. Michael Oleksa’s book, Orthodox Alaska, was neither a “physically impressive or imposing figure.” She raised eight children to maturity, giving birth to several of them without a midwife. While her husband was away taking care of many other parishes, she kept busy raising her family and doing many Continue reading SAINT OLGA MICHAEL OF ALASKA (NOV 8, +1979, ALASKA, USA): A HELPER IN RESTORING THE WORK OF GOD’S HANDS – BY FR. JOHN SHIMCHICK

THE NEW FACE OF MAYAN CHRISTIANITY – ORTHODOX HOLY WEEK & EASTER OF MAYANS IN GUATEMALA

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The new face of Mayan Christianity

Orthodox Holy Week & Easter of Mayans in Guatemala

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Christianity among the Mayan Native Americans 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 data suggests that for most of the 20th Century, from 1900 through the 1960′s, at least 90% of Latin America’s population was Roman Catholic.” Remarkably, however, in just one lifetime, the Pewsurvey indicates that only “69% of adults across the region identify as Roman Catholic.”

Up until recently, Orthodox Christianity did not play much of a role in this changing landscape. Most of our parishes consisted of immigrant colonies, established mainly to perpetuate the customs, languages  and traditions of their respective ethnic cultures  and mother churches in Europe.

The title of a recent article in the Huffington Post by Carol Kuruvilla, however, announces a major shift in this approach to the church’s mission: “The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek.” Embracing this change and adapting to this new reality, Archbishop Athenagoras, since his 1996 appointment by Patriarch Bartholomew to shepherd the Central American Church, has reached out to the indigenous people of this vast region, encompassing Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Islands. Of his 52 active clergy, only 3 are of Greek descent. The enthusiastic reception by His Eminence Athenagoras of many thousands of Mayan Christians into the Orthodox fold has transformed his church into a unity of diverse people, sharing one faith, but speaking many native dialects, as on the day of Pentecost. On a recent visit to the village of Aguacate, he was able to begin Holy Week with the Mayan faithful, who now comprise the  vast majority of his growing flock in Central America.

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Eastern Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Easter 2015

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Archbishop Athenagoras begins Holy Week with his Mayan flock

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The Mayan faithful celebrate Palm Sunday with Palm Crosses in hand

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Archbishop Athenagoras greets his Mayan flock in Aguacate

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THE WORD FROM GUATEMALA

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MAYAN ORTHODOXY

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JESSE BRANDOW: MISSIONARY TO GUATELAMA & MEXIKO

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MAYAN ORTHODOXY – YOU TUBE

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