Facing East; A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy

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By Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Classic Story of a Family's Pilgrimage
into the Orthodox Church

Veiled in the smoke of incense, the Eastern Orthodox Church has long been an enigma to the Western world. Yet, as Frederica Mathewes-Green discovered, it is a vital, living faith, rich in ritual beauty and steadfast in integrity. Utilizing the framework of the Orthodox calendar, Mathewes-Green chronicles a year in the life of her small Orthodox mission church, eloquently illustrating the joys and blessings an ancient faith can bring to the worshipers of today.


“An illuminating glimpse of this piece of the contemporary American religious landscape...Writing with charm and humor...”

Publishers Weekly

“A mine of information about the customs and spiritual life of the Orthodox church...”

Kirkus Reviews

Mathewes-Green introduces the reader to the world of the Orthodox in the best possible way.”

Charleston Post and Courier

“An insider’s view of Orthodox life and practice.”


“I predict Facing East will inspire many to investigate Orthodoxy.”

The Baltimore Sun