Stunning Photos of Valaam Monastery in Russia

Stunning Photos of Valaam Monastery in Russia

Located on the shores of Lake Lagoda, the largest lake in Europe, Valaam Monastery is a place of stunning natural beauty. It’s also one of the most famous centers of spiritual retreat and monastic life in Russia. Among its various unique traditions is the practice of photography. For generations, there...

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Christians in Mosul Face Extinction

Christians in Mosul Face Extinction

Many news reports have described how Christians in Mosul (also known as Nineveh) are desperately fleeing their homes as the region is overtaken by the militant group ISIS. At the Orthodox Christian Network, we covered the crisis in our most recent online newscast, “The Christian Crisis in Iraq.” A recent...

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Did Saint Basil the Great Invent Monasticism?

Did Saint Basil the Great Invent Monasticism?

There’s a popular belief about how monasticism came about, which tends to give Saint Basil the Great a lot more credit than he’d probably be comfortable with. It goes something like this: After Saints Antony and Pachomius had more or less invented monasticism in Egypt, it went, as we’d say...

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Monastic Prayers and Sleep

Monastic Prayers and Sleep

From an NPR program: One particularly fascinating sleep fact that Randall reports is that the sleep rhythms of the human brain have fundamentally changed over the centuries. Medieval literary texts, medical manuscripts and tales make reference to a mysterious “first sleep” and “second sleep.” The “first sleep” began shortly after...

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Celebrating Saint Mary of Egypt in the Deep Desert of Sinai

Celebrating Saint Mary of Egypt in the Deep Desert of Sinai

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! Belated greetings for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt and Feast of the Annunciation (Julian Calendar)! The drama and challenges of life in the wilderness manifested in new...

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Blessings from the Desert: St. John of the Ladder (Climacus)

Blessings from the Desert: St. John of the Ladder (Climacus)

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! May the blessings of the desert find you well and abundantly blessed today, the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder (Climacus)! This weekend was special here at the...

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Ascending the God-Trodden Mountain of Sinai

Ascending the God-Trodden Mountain of Sinai

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mountain of Sinai! My apologies for the delay in getting this next pilgrimage update out to you. Temperatures dipped to freezing during the nights after the recent thunderstorms, bringing snow flurries at...

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This Week in Orthodoxy, March 21, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, March 21, 2014

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Assembly of Bishops to be Split in Three Our top story this week: Press reports have confirmed that the geographical borders...

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Where Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

Where Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

I am an 18-year-old teenager who is very stressed. School, friends, becoming an adult, plus a thousand activities I am involved in, keep me very stressed. Everyone in this world is somehow stressed.  Jobs, children, marriage, picking the right car, having enough money for your family, etc. can keep life...

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