Israel Seizes Lands from Russian Orthodox Monastery

Israel Seizes Lands from Russian Orthodox Monastery

Orthodox Monastery at the Sea of Tiberias Partially Appropriated The Russian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene, located in Tiberias (Northern Israel) on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has lost part of its land because the Israeli authorities have decided to develop a recreation area there. This monastery...

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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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The Orthodox Church in Russia

The Orthodox Church in Russia

Our program begins with a brief conversation with Dr. David Ford, who continues his series on married saints with the story of Saint Angelis the Goldsmith. His story from centuries ago is remarkably like that of Christians today who are persecuted by Muslims. Fr. Chris and Dr. Ford also reflect on...

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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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Calvert Journal: Russian Orthodox Group to Finance Russian-Themed Films in Hollywood

Calvert Journal: Russian Orthodox Group to Finance Russian-Themed Films in Hollywood

A group of Russian religious philanthropists have announced plans to finance a number of big budget Hollywood feature films focused on Russia. Andrei Poklonsky, chairman of the Russian Club of Orthodox Philanthropists, told Izvestia that one of the first projects to be funded will be the story from the life...

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Alaska Dispatch News: Three Flavors of Orthodox Christianity in Anchorage

Alaska Dispatch News: Three Flavors of Orthodox Christianity in Anchorage

Orthodox Christianity is an integral part of Alaskan history and culture. Read this interesting article by a reporter for a secular newspaper in Alaska. Find out why he compares Orthodoxy to ice cream! Three Flavors of Orthodox Christianity in Anchorage By Chris Thompson In the past several months, I’ve visited...

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NYC street may be named in honor of Saint Tikhon

NYC street may be named in honor of Saint Tikhon

Pravoslavie (August 1, 2014): The Northern Cross Historical Society of Russian Compatriots in the USA has proposed naming a street in New York City after Holy Patriarch Tikhon (Belavin) of Moscow and All Russia (1865-1925), reports ITAR-TASS. This initiative is supported by Russians and Orthodox Americans living in New York,...

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Orthodox countries should reject Western legal, political, and moral values, says Russian Orthodox official

Orthodox countries should reject Western legal, political, and moral values, says Russian Orthodox official

Moscow (November 29, Interfax) – The Moscow Patriarchate has called on Orthodox countries, including Russia, not to change in dialogue with the European Union under its influence, but suggests that the EU change instead. “Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Greece, Serbia, and Bulgaria – representatives of the most powerful civilization –...

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Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa, sometimes called Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week (i.e. the week we say goodbye to cheese), is a very popular religious and folk holiday for Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other nearby areas. It’s similar to Mardi Gras or Carnival, in so far as it is...

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