Defended by Giants

A discussion of the history of Cyprus with Dr. Miljan Peter Ilich.

A year into the siege of Cyprus the Muslim Sultan was puzzled by the delay in defeating the Christian Island. Cyprus was surrounded by the entire Turkish Naval force. The Orthodox Christian defenders were out-numbered 10 to 1. The Sultan asked the Commander of the Muslim Forces, "Why hasn't Cyprus yet Fallen?"

The Muslim Commander answered, "Your Imperial Resplendentness, Cyprus has not yet fallen because she is defended by giants."


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Orthodox Awareness

A Brief History

In the early 20th century, the idea of promoting the union of Churches (Orthodox and heterodox) began to gain ground among circles in the Eastern Orthodox Church by establishing a "Communion of Churches" modeled on the League of Nations.

The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...

Missions

Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Jonesboro, Arkansas

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...