Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga April 2, 1922 – April 28, 2015 Father Roman Braga was born on April 2, 1922 in Bessarabia in a village named Condrita. He was the last of the seven children of Cosma and Maria Braga. He grew up in an Orthodox environment, raised by a devout...

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Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Putna Monastery is one of the most important religious, cultural, and artistic centers of medieval Moldavia, now a region of Romania. Founded by the famous prince St. Stephen the Great in the 15th century, the monastery houses St. Stephen’s tomb and some of the finest examples of late medieval Romanian...

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Patriarch of Romania: 25 Years After the Revolution, What Have We Done with our Freedom?

Patriarch of Romania: 25 Years After the Revolution, What Have We Done with our Freedom?

December 17 marked the 25th anniversary of the Romanian revolt against Communist oppression. During church services commemorating the event, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel remarked: Today we remember from a national point of view the young people who sacrificed themselves on 17 December 1989, at Timisoara, where from the revolution for...

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Christmas Music That Will Take You to Heaven

Christmas Music That Will Take You to Heaven

Although some people complain about Christmas music before Thanksgiving, Orthodox Christians have traditionally started chanting sacred hymns about Christmas in November. Fr. Alexander Schmemann explains: As Orthodox Christians, we begin the celebration of the Nativity of Christ — on December 25 — with a time of preparation. Forty days before...

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Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

“The vampire is that glittering, dazzling rule-breaker and outsider who has gained ascendancy over time and place. The vampire is always presented as someone who is living a heightened existence and that is very seductive. He is also someone who is able to satisfy all of his cravings. Vampires are...

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The World’s First Underground Orthodox Church

The World’s First Underground Orthodox Church

Ancient Dacia was famous for its salt mines. In modern-day Romania, salt mines continue to be popular and can be found throughout the country. In addition to their commercial purpose, they are very popular amongst locals as places that provide natural treatment for respiratory problems. The Targu-Ocna salt mine in Moldavia has...

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Beyond Torture: The Gulag of Pitești, Romania

Beyond Torture: The Gulag of Pitești, Romania

The Gulag Archipelago, an award-winning book by Alexander Solzhenitsyn about forced labor camps in the Soviet Union, exposed the massive scale of Communist atrocities and persecution of Orthodox Christians in the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn’s vivid account has been followed by others. The Italian journalist Antonio Socci, for example, estimated that...

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Christian Crisis in Iraq and Other International News

Christian Crisis in Iraq and Other International News

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 Christians in Iraq Flee Ancient Homes Our top story this week. After militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and...

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The Story of Charles Hann

The Story of Charles Hann

Listen Now.  Journeys to Orthodoxy brings us the story of Charles Hann. He was on a YWAM mission staying with a family in Romania when he discovered that there was something more to the “nominal” Orthodox Christianity they practiced. After seeing his Romanian hosts live out their faith, he decided...

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