WATCH: Spiritual Journey to Valaam Monastery in Russia’s Far North

WATCH: Spiritual Journey to Valaam Monastery in Russia’s Far North

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Valaam Monastery is one of the most famous monastic settlements in Russia. It’s a place of beauty and spiritual retreat.

In this documentary from RT, a British reporter takes a trip to the island, interviewing monks and pilgrims alike about why they live in or visit this remote monastic settlement.

You’ll see some of the sights, get a sense for the communal life, and even hear from a former atheist who embraced Orthodox Christianity after he was miraculously healed of a pain in his leg and found that he could somehow read Old Church Slavonic, even though he had never studied it before.

Let us know if you’ve visited Valaam — or if you would like to!

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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.