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OCMC News - Meet Fr. Stephanos and Pres. Alexandria Ritsi!

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 6/26/2020)

OCMC News - Meet Fr. Stephanos and Pres. Alexandria Ritsi!
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In our next episode of OCMC Interviews, we will have the pleasure of interviewing Fr. Stephanos and Presvytera Alexandria Ritsi! The two of them have been serving in Albania since 2013, and have become integral parts of the Orthodox Church’s ministries there.

Fr. Stephanos’s connection to missions goes back to his childhood, as he grew up in the mission field (Kenya and Albania), where his parents, Fr. Martin and Pres. Renee, were serving. As he grew up, he soon felt the call to return to the mission field and prepared himself by attending Holy Cross School of Theology. There he met Pres. Alexandria, who learned about missions and likewise felt her calling as a missionary too. They were soon married, and shortly after, they set out to serve in Albania.

In the decades following the fall of an atheistic Communist regime, the Orthodox Church has made an incredible recovery in Albania, under the leadership of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios and with the help of many talented missionaries. Fr. Stephanos and Pres. Alexandria are now among those missionaries, offering their talents to build up the Church in Albania once again.

Their work is instrumental there, and we’re excited to hear more about them, their ministries, and their goals in Albania in our upcoming interview. We hope you will join us! Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OrthodoxChristianMissionCenter or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/OrthodoxMissions to see it in the next week!

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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