Πέμπτη, 4 Αυγούστου 2016

The Orthodox Church in Angola, st. Eleftherios (the "Man of Freedom") & st. Paisios of Holy Mount


The presence of Orthodox Christianity in Angola is a recent event. Christianity was introduced to the indigenous population of Angola during the colonial Portuguese period by the Roman Catholic Church. Orthodox Christianity missionary efforts in Angola began in the late twentieth century under the jurisdiction of the Church of Alexandria
Currently, Angola is within the local jurisdiction of the Holy Archdiocese of Zimbabwe and Angola.
Since 2004, the primate of the Metropolis has been His Eminence Seraphim (Kykkotis). Archimandrite Chrysostomos Polizos is vicar of the Metropolitan for Angola.
The parish of St. Eleftherios (a young bishop who has baked alive by the rulers of the Roman Empire - his name means "man of freedom" in Greek) and St. Paisios (1924-1994) of Mount Athos has been established in Luanda (see here & here). 

Source of information Orthodoxwiki

St. Eleftherios. Note: "Eleftherios" [or Eleutherios] is a variant of "Freedom" in Greek, thus, mothers pray that they might safely be free of their pregnancies by giving birth to healthy children. "Anthia" resembles "anthos" meaning flower, and saint martyr Anthia was the mother of St. Eleftherios (from here).

Please see:

Angola (tag in our blog)
The Orthodox Church in Zimbabwe
 
Orthodox Mission in Tropical Africa (& the Decolonization of Africa)
The Church as the Liberated Zone: "All we Christians are terrorists..." 
A family of slaves opposes an Empire: the Holy Martyrs Zoe & Hesperus, and their children sts Cyriacus & Theodulus (May 2)   

The Orthodox African Church (Patriarchate of Alexandria) denounces the exploitation of Africa by contemporary colonialists
 
Orthodox Church & Capitalism: Orthodox Fathers of Church on poverty, wealth and social justice 

How “White” is the Orthodox Church? 
Ancient Christian faith (Orthodox Church) in Africa
African Initiated Church in Search of Orthodoxy...
Articles on the efforts of the Orthodox Church to help the people of Africa
"THE WAY" - An Introduction to the Orthodox Faith
In Search of Orthodoxy

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