Abbot Damascene: Brotherhood of Monastery St Herman of Alaska

Abbot Damascene: Brotherhood of Monastery St Herman of Alaska

Father Damascene, abbot of St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, talks to Pemptousia about the history of the brotherhood of the Monastery and how the brotherhood turned from missionary to monastic. He is mentioning some important spiritual words of Father Seraphim Rose and he is describing the situation of Orthodoxy in...

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Two Alaskan Monastic Communities on Spruce and Nilus Islands, Part 2

Two Alaskan Monastic Communities on Spruce and Nilus Islands, Part 2

The following excerpt is from the book Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries, by Alexei Krindatch and is now available through Holy Cross Bookstore. St. Michael Skete on Spruce Island and St. Nilus Skete on St. Nilus Island By Alexei Krindatch Part 2 (Part 1 was posted last week.) Compared to...

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Two Alaskan Monastic Communities on Spruce and Nilus Islands, Part 1

Two Alaskan Monastic Communities on Spruce and Nilus Islands, Part 1

The following excerpt is from the book Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries, by Alexei Krindatch and is now available through Holy Cross Bookstore. St. Michael Skete on Spruce Island and St. Nilus Skete on St. Nilus Island By Alexei Krindatch Part 1 Upon disembarking in Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island...

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Continuing the Alaskan Missionary Tradition

Continuing the Alaskan Missionary Tradition

Inspired by the OCMC, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding missionary outreach of this organization who, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers the Gospel worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond to the missionary calling.  Please join us in raising awareness for...

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Daily Reading for December 13 , 2015

Daily Reading for December 13 , 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Daniel 3.26,27 Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers. Verse: For you are just in all you have done. BRETHREN, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put...

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Father Ioasaph and the Alaska Mission

Father Ioasaph and the Alaska Mission

  “We ate rotten three-year-old dried fish, to the last bit, although when we arrived here, fish were still running but not harvested.” The author of that sentence, Archimandrite Ioasaph Bolotov, was head of the first Christian missionary outreach to Alaska. Along with nine others, Father Ioasaph traveled overland from...

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The Hidden Treasure

The Hidden Treasure

The monk Herman had lived on Spruce Island, for over five years. (Spruce Island is a tiny island near Kodiak Island, just off the peninsula at the south of mainland Alaska.) He’d moved there from the town of Kodiak when the persecution from the Russian American company got too much...

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Saint Herman of Alaska

Saint Herman of Alaska

It’s hard to tell just who Saint Herman of Alaska was before he became a monk. Back in the mid 1700s, not many countries kept birth and death records, and fire, flood, war, and persecution often destroyed the records parishes kept. Memory fades and changes with time. Historians think he...

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Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

It was June, and for Alaska, it was warm. The snow had mostly melted, and some parts of the ground were actually thawed. The sun rose at around 5 in the morning and didn’t set until after midnight, which gave lots of time to do things before it was too...

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Saint Jacob Netsvetov

Saint Jacob Netsvetov

If you look at a map of Alaska, you’ll see it has a kind of tail leading away from the mainland toward Russia and Japan. That tail is made up of a large peninsula and hundreds of islands, some reasonably large, others nothing more than a small bare rock. Those...

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