Ivan Provorov: AXIOS!

Yes, we know a lot of you have published this story and we appreciate it, but we wanted to give our own shout out because the kid deserves it!

The other day, Ivan Provorov, a player for the Philadelphia Flyers, was roundly criticized for refusing to bend the knee to the popular culture.   https://orthochristian.com/150569.html

When asked why he refused to wear a gay pride shirt and participate in Alphabet People festivities, Provorov forthrightly stated, it is his “choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.” 

He refused to be goaded into saying anything more and thus won the exchange. 

Although such a stance in Sodomerica today carries terrible consequences, so far, Provorov is being hailed as a hero by ordinary people (and not just hockey fans).  According to Tucker Carlson, who devoted a segment to Provorov, his hockey jersey sold out within 24 hours.

I applaud Provorov.  My only regret is that too many prominent Orthodox in America do not have his backbone and would be immediately cowed into submission.  It also saddens me that the completely unnecessary cultural schism between “Greek” Orthodoxy and “Russian” Orthodoxy is widening, with the Greeks being on the cringe-fringe of this cultural divide. 

I am also saddened by the fact that we probably won’t see such resoluteness from the Assembly of Bishops going forward.  The few successes that the Assembly has had recently are not inconsequential, they are however reactive.  While we should applaud them for standing up to Arb Elpidophoros and his globalist/ecumenist views –and actually derailing his program–such stances are reactionary, that is to say negative. 

I’m afraid that given the cultural rot that has infected much of American Orthodoxy (not just the GOA), it will be a long time before we can expect the episcopate to offer a positive message for America.   

In the meantime, we should be thankful that there are Orthodox Christians in the public eye who are resolute in the Faith.  We should also be thankful that there are millions of Americans who are deeply appreciative of such Christians.  



  1. Austin Martin says

    Axios? Axios of what? Axios always implies a genitive. Of what is he worthy?

    One thing I’ve learned in St Louis is that hockey is the only sport that’s worth watching.

    I am also saddened by the fact that we probably won’t see such resoluteness from the Assembly of Bishops going forward.

    I am hesitatingly optimistic. I think that they are beginning to realize that you cannot have Reagan/Eisenhower civic religion and Orthodoxy. You can only pick one. I think the Assembly of Bishops and the OCA synod are going to start pushing back more, or at least providing more clarity of teaching on these issues. But you could be right.

  2. Deacon John says

    A courageous young man. Definitely a professional athlete that our kids can look up to!

  3. He’s definitely an Orthodox American we can admire. Disappointing – but expected – how much the media “others” him because he swims against the narrative they want … as in he’s weird and different than the rest of us because he emigrated from Russia. What nonsense. Thought we were a country of immigrants….
    But he’s not a pliable immigrant who worships at the secular leftist altar, so he doesn’t count.

    Did y’all hear that his NHL gear sold out within a couple days of this event becoming public….. seems that most Americans & NHL fans agree that the LGBTQTrans B.S. has no place in professional hockey, or anywhere for that matter.

  4. Hmm… here’s another vision of faith in America:

    “Ecumenical Prayer Service during the 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
    “Tuesday, January the 24th

    “St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine will host an Ecumenical Prayer Service on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:30pm on the occasion of the 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will offer Words of Welcome and His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan will offer the Homily.

    “This year’s Week of Prayer is particularly important for our American context. Its theme – “Do good; seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17) – was chosen and developed by the Minnesota Council of Churches. These words of the Prophet echo our responsibility – in the midst of our ecumenical quest for Christian unity – to condemn racism and hatred as a sin and to support the struggle for racial justice and equity.

    “The Ecumenical Prayer Service is an opportunity for leaders of all faiths to pray in a Church that will forever be bound to what it means to be an American: tolerant of different beliefs and respectful of other faith traditions and all people, while committed to a place for faith in the public square. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is the only house of worship destroyed when the South Tower fell at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. On July 4, 2022, the rebuilt Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was Consecrated and is now open to the public. The rebuilding of this Church was an act of faith – faith in God and in the American vision of religious liberty.”

  5. Cleanse The Temple says

    Why did it take an Evangelical Pastor with a backbone, Franklin Graham, to stand up for Ivan? Where oh where were the Bishops of the “one, true Church of Christ”?

  6. George Michalopulos says

    Something to get the heart racing:


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