GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! I am so happy to see that the Holy Orthodox Church is "growing" in Scotland!!!! I am a "convert" to Holy Orthodoxy; I was Chrismated on Meatfare Sunday 2 March
2003. I belong to St. Gregory of Nyssa
Orthodox (Campus) Church on the campus of the Ohio State University (United States of America). St. Gregory belongs to the OCA (Orthodox Church in America).
I have been serving at the Holy Alter of God for a few years now at St. Gregory's. I am 55 years of age and have
shown an intrest in the Sub-Deaconate.
Orthodoxy is growing in the United States in "bounds" and "leeps". Long live ORTHODOXY!!!!
Yours in Christ,
Troy J. Heffernan
I wish I were Orthodox when I lived in the U.K.! I think your work is wonderful and I want to visit Orthodox sites on my next visit. When I studied in the U.K. I had the chance to spend Christmas with a friend in Bexhill-on-Sea. We went to services in a Church with a bell tower that dated to the 10th century. I remember thinking how great it must be to have a Christian connection that dated back that many years. Now that I'm Orthodox, a new world has opened. May God bless you all for what you do!
I really glorify Lord God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, seeing Orthodox Christians in Scotland, learning about Orthodox Christian Saints like Saint Columba of Iona!!! I really believe Iona in Scotland is a holy place not only for Scottish Orthodox Christians but also for all Orthodox Christians.Lord God bless all Orthodox Christians in Scotland, and in the whole Bitain and Ireland.
I converted to Orthodoxy nearly a decade ago and took Columba as my Christian name. My first pilgrimage to Iona was last year and I read to him what I am sure is a badly translated (on my part) Akathist prayer for him. I will never forget being there and my hope is to return many many times in the future. Many blessings to those who put this site together.
Great post. Thank You
Will there be any Orthodox presence on Iona late August 2016? We hope to visit sometime between 24 and 28 August.
I just returned from a pilgrimage to the islands of Western Scotland with Fr. Seraphim of the soon-to-be Orthodox Monastery of All-Celtic Saints at Killninian on Mull. We had the wonderful joy of celebrating the Divine Liturgy in St. Oran's chapel with pilgrims from Ireland led by Bruce Clark.
I am so grateful to Fr. Seraphim, Bruce, Met. Kallistos and others for their efforts and service of the Church in this part of the world. Living in America as an Orthodox believer it can be difficult to see where it is you fit in the wider ecclesia. I have come back from this pilgrimage with a small flame in my heart to see St. Columba's prophecy come to fruition.
St. Columba, St. Aidan, and all the known and unknown saints of these celtic isles, pray for us!
I have read about the Iona island , and about the saint Columba and I am verry impressed , iwould like to visit that island , and maybe to live there with my entire family , can you send me a phone number to keep in touch with you regarding to next pilgrimage . Doamne ajuta !
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