The Eastern Orthodox Church

This is the part of my page where I will end up spending the most time, when I get some. The Orthdox Church was founded in A.D. 33, in Jerusalem. I attend St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church, a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese. This jurisdiction is the earliest mentioned Christian group (Acts 11:26 "... and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."). Our Patriarch, His Beatitude Ignatius IV, now resides and pastors his flock from Damascus, Syria, on the "Street Called Straight" where the Apostle St. Paul was sent after his encounter on the Damascus Road.

The Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of North America, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, leads the Antiochian Orthodox. Our Bishops ANTOUN, BASIL, DIMITRI, and JOSEPH pastor us, and assist His Eminence in the exercise of his pastoral duties.

Our faith is expressed in our prayers. I am in the process compiling prayers in electronic form, in anticipation of converting some text files over to HTML to place here, but this will take some time. So far I've been working on it for two years! I don't have the text version of the central service, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Keep watching, though, and check back often. I am completing the basic text files, from which the HTML files will be generated. The prayers are done; I'm now adding the most commonly used Canons and Akathists. I'm also adding some Canons and Akathists to saints -- most notably ones that I venerate in my personal life. Submission of your saint's canon and akathists are encouraged. If each person were to type in the canon and akathist to their saint, before long, we'd have a pretty complete collection. Once the process is complete, I'm contemplating seeking the blessing of the bishops from different jurisdictions before posting online. What do you think of this idea? Or should I just post it and let it be, with disclaimers? Let me know. Check at The On-Line Prayer Book Page (currently defunct -- keep watching!) for details and progress. My hope is that one may find my homepage at prayer time, and use them straight from the computer screen. I'll even try to inline some nice icons for you -- but they are not venerable icons (who would want to kiss glass, anyway?)


Learn to tie an Orthodox prayer rope! Instructions are here.


I attend St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Parish (Antiochian) in Memphis, Tennessee, under the pastorate of V. Rev. Father John (Troy) Mashburn (the V. Rev. indicates he is an Archpriest), and his associate pastors, Father Basil (Dr. Bill) Cushman and Father Don Berge. The Church is located at the Corner of Tutweiler and Dickenson, near the campus of Rhodes College and near Overton Park (and the Overton Park Zoo), in Midtown Memphis. You can get there quite easily:

From the corner of East Parkway and Summer Avenue (a MAJOR intersection in Memphis), go West on North Parkway, past Rhodes College.
Turn right at the first light past Rhodes College (University)
Take the first immediate left onto the divided street (keep right, please!) -- This is Tutwelier.
Three blocks, the Church is on the left.

Services are:

Vespers at 7:00pm on Saturday. Confession following.
Orthros (Matins) at 9:00am Sunday.
The Divine Liturgy at 10:00am Sunday (follows immediately after Orthros). Coffee hour follows.

Click here for a map to get you to St. John.

If you plan on visiting the Nashville area, please try to attend St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. The priest is Archpriest Steven Rogers, assisted by Father Bob Sanford.

To get there:

Click here for a map to get you to St. Ignatius.

Vespers at 5:00pm on Saturday. Confession following.
Orthros (Matins) at 9:00am Sunday.
The Divine Liturgy at 10:00am Sunday (follows immediately after Orthros). Coffee hour follows.

If you'd like, I can also direct you to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (OCA) in Kansas City, where Fr. John Platko serves the faithful under the protection of His Grace, Bishop JOB, and His Eminence, Metropolitan THEODOSIOUS, and where I attended services while in Kansas City. The parish is now located in Overland Park, Kansas, (southwest of Downtown KCMO/KCK) at the corner of 119th Street and Pflumm. Vespers are at 5:00pm Saturday, with confession following, Matins at 9:15am Sunday, and Divine Liturgy at 10:00am Sunday.

Here are some interesting sources you might explore for information on the Orthodox Catholic Church: Orthodox Starting Points:

Personal Orthodox Homepages:

Church History and Academia:

Current Orthodox Issues:

Other Orthodox Homepages:

Other Sites of Orthodox Interest:

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