Commemoration October 11 Over the course of one century—from Elder Leonid’s arrival in 1829 until the Monastery’s forced closure by the Communists in 1923—Optina, with its Skete of St. John the Forerunner, was at the center of a tremendous spiritual revival in Russia. As a result of anti-clerical legislation during the reigns of Emperor Peter … Read more
An extended clip from the documentary “Meditations on Monasticism” with beautiful cinematography leading into the meditative chanting of Pho Hilaron (O Gladsome Light), which begins at 2:41. This is one version of the principle evening hymn of Vespers in the Orthodox Church. Featured Carousel Image: Stuck in Customs
Brought to you by the good folks at Ancient Faith Radio. On “Ancient Faith Today” Kevin Allen’s guest is the V. Rev. Fr. Tryphon, a monk for almost thirty years and the co-founder and abbot of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island. They talk about all aspects of Orthodox Christian monasticism in the 21st century.
What does it mean to be a Christian? What is a real monk? Can monasticism be reformed? For whom were the works of the Holy Fathers written? Schema-Archimandrite Gabriel (Bunge), renowned patristic scholar and hermitic monk, replies to these and other questions. (This interview originally appeared at Pravmir.ru) Fr. Gabriel Bunge was born in 1940 … Read more
Some absolutely beautiful and peaceful chanting here. The video shows portions of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom interspered with some vignettes of monastery life. The monastery and church seem to have, at some point, fallen into disuse, and are currently undergoing renewal and rebuilding. Glory to God for such transcendent beauty in worship, even … Read more
The Repetition of the Divine Liturgy Is Not Boring by Hieromonk Tikhon, Abbot of Stavronikita Monastery (Mount Athos) All that happens within the Divine Liturgy are not ideas, but they are a reality, an experience. Once we offer everything to God, He, humbly and philanthropically, sends us the Grace of His All-Holy Spirit and transforms … Read more