When people think of faith, they think of going to church every Sunday, saying the Our Father every day, and that’s about it. Before Syezd [St. Herman Youth Conference – ed.], that was the attitude I had toward my faith, too. I used to put it aside during the school year, only to really focus on it at Saturday night Vigil or Sunday Liturgy. I had spent so long trying to fit in and trying to be like everyone else, hiding this important part of my life, just for the sake of not being the outcast. As time went on, it became increasingly difficult to avoid talking about my religious experiences or growth in Orthodoxy, nor did they want to hear about it. So, I was in college getting sucked into so many bad things and felt like I was drowning in a sea of misery that contained so much sorrow. I was so worried and anxious about what the future holds that I was forgetting to focus on what I could do right now. When I went through a really hard time of my life in fall semester in college, I prayed every day for answers on why we face so many struggles and sorrows, and felt lost for a really long time because of it. After finals ended, I told my best friend that if I faced another semester similar to the one I just had, there is no way I could survive something like that again.
台灣基督正教會 Taiwan Orthodox Christian Church 14.01.2020 2020年正教聖誕節晚宴在台北舉行 Orthodox Christmas Dinner Reception in Taipei 1月12日，由台灣基督正教會主辦的正教聖誕節晚會在君悅酒店宴會廳舉行。本次活動是在莫斯科-台北經濟文化協調委員會（莫北協）的支持下而舉辦。 在主堂神父以及莫北協代表的致詞之後，由台北舉揚聖十字架堂區的信徒演出耶穌基督誕生的舞台劇。雖然耶穌基督誕生於2000多年前，但在今天他的誕生仍然擁有對每個人不可磨滅的永恆意義。 此後，由主堂艾神父講解聖誕節的屬靈意涵與重要性。之後開始了聖誕節音樂節目，這些節目由小提琴四重奏《7星》樂團以及俄羅斯週六學的學生賣力演出。他們演奏了輕快明亮的聖誕節旋律，俄羅斯和烏克蘭斯拉夫風格的聖誕歌與詩詞，都讓晚宴的來賓在歡樂與和平的氣氛中度過此夜晚，也讓在場的嘉賓領受到我們主耶穌基督來到這個世界的祝福。 如此隆重和歡樂的正教聖誕節晚宴慶祝已經成為了優良傳統。每年的正教聖誕節活動使在台灣的俄羅斯人社群更團結，也讓許多喜歡俄羅斯文化與信仰的台灣朋友有聚會交流的機會。 另外我們也要感謝台灣公司ATC和台樹公司對今年晚宴的慷慨贊助。我們也對莫北協、台灣俄僑協會、俄羅斯周六學校，《7星》樂團、ATC和台樹公司，以及所有正教信徒和參與的志工表示深切感謝。 願上帝保祐所有那些為慶祝祂的來臨而付出的人！「基督誕生了！你們要歡喜！」（古代的拉丁文聖誕節問候語） On January 12, […]