Today in Christian History – June 20

1989 – Death of Traian Dorz, a Romanian poet who served as leader of the Orthodox revival movement known as The Lord’s Army. He had suffered imprisonment, harrassment, and restriction by a hostile government and hostile church authorities.

http://www.christianhistoryinstitute.org/today/6/20

The Army of the Lord (Romanian: Oastea Domnului), also known as The Lord’s Army, is an evangelical „renewal movement within the Romanian Orthodox Church”. The founder of the Army of the Lord, Father Iosif Trifa, as well as consequent leaders, Ioan Marini and Traian Dorz, felt that „people needed to come to the gospel and that the Orthodox Church in Romania needed to return to her true mission: to serve God and to represent God in the midst of our nation.” Tom Keppeler writes that „What Wesley was to the Anglican Church, Trifa was to the Romanian Orthodox Church. As Wesley’s preaching and ministry drew crowds from the working classes, so Trifa’s as well was a ministry that grew among the villagers and workers of the fields.” In the 1930s and 1940s, „millions of Romanian Orthodox, including priests and religious, took part in its activities of evangelization, printing and open air meetings.” Members of the Army of the Lord greet one another with the phrase „Praise the Lord!”, followed by the reply would be „Forever, amen!”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_the_Lord

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