Category: Russian Faith & Religion

Orthodox Christian Monk Brutally Martyred in 1999 – Life Story of Fr. Hariton Now Available in English

Orthodox Christian Monk Brutally Martyred in 1999 – Life Story of Fr. Hariton Now Available in English

Fr. Hariton As Orthodox Christians take pause this Lenten season to commemorate on the “Black Spring” of 1999, when NATO forces bombed the former nation of Yugoslavia as its armed forces made a determined but ill-fated attempt to retain Kosovo, the cultural, historical and Orthodox cradle of the Serbian people, it is impossible not to reflect on the tragic loss of life, property, social fabric and cultural treasures over the period of the campaign through the spring and early summer of that bleak year. Of the hundreds of Serbs whose lives were lost twenty years ago, one name above others stands out as an example…

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Romania Builds Largest Orthodox Church in the World

Romania Builds Largest Orthodox Church in the World

TRANSCRIPT: Alright there, everyone. Romania builds the biggest Orthodox Church in the world! That’s what we’ll be talking about on today’s video.  The Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest was just recently consecrated this past November. It was, by all accounts, a very moving and powerful consecration ceremony. The Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, who is currently experiencing a lot of controversy himself over his decision to grant autonomy to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (but that’s a whole ‘nother matter there) . . . It was officiated by Patriarch Bartholomew as well as the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Daniel. Over 30,000 people attended…

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Is the Orthodox Church Too Patriarchal? – Video Interview with Frederica Mathewes-Green

Is the Orthodox Church Too Patriarchal? – Video Interview with Frederica Mathewes-Green

TRANSCRIPT Dr. Herman A. Middleton: In the summer of 2010, I bought a bunch of video production equipment. I jumped in my car, and I went on a month-long road trip throughout the Midwest and up and down the East Coast interviewing interesting Orthodox people. The last person that I interviewed was Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green, who probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. Khouria Frederica has written many books on topics such as the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, the Theotokos, the Jesus prayer, to name a few. She’s also written many, many articles on cultural topics, topics related to marriage and the family, as…

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Russia Plans Massive Jesus Statue On Site Previously Reserved for Lenin & Stalin

Russia Plans Massive Jesus Statue On Site Previously Reserved for Lenin & Stalin

The city of Vladivostok, the largest city in far eastern Russia, would like to erect an enormous statue of Jesus Christ atop a hill that was once set aside for a monument to the Soviet communist leader, Vladimir Lenin. Although the construction has not yet been authorized by the Russian Orthodox Church, the prospect of a large statue of Christ overlooking the Pacific Ocean has many of the Russian faithful excited. In 1972, Soviet officials ordered the construction of a 98-ft-tall bronze statue of Lenin to be placed on the site, with a second statue of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin planned for a neighboring hill.…

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Pic of the Day –  Russia – Сhapel, Pskovskaya obl, March 14, 2019

Pic of the Day – Russia – Сhapel, Pskovskaya obl, March 14, 2019

We frequently come across beautiful pictures of Orthodox Christianity in Russia while cruising the internets, so we decided to share them from time to time. It is so true, a picture can sometimes tell more than 1000 words. sourse photo – nat-geo.ru photographer – Ivanov Andrey Would you like to see more articles like this? Our fundraising goal has not yet been met, and we would be very grateful for your help. It takes a full time staff to keep this website going, and our workers need to feed their families. A recurring donation of even $15 or $25 per month would be a huge blessing.

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Pic of the Day –  Russia – Сhapel, Pskovskaya obl, March 14, 2019

Pic of the Day – Russia – Сhapel, Pskovskaya obl, March 14, 2019

We frequently come across beautiful pictures of Orthodox Christianity in Russia while cruising the internets, so we decided to share them from time to time. It is so true, a picture can sometimes tell more than 1000 words. sourse photo – nat-geo.ru photographer – Ivanov Andrey Would you like to see more articles like this? Our fundraising goal has not yet been met, and we would be very grateful for your help. It takes a full time staff to keep this website going, and our workers need to feed their families. A recurring donation of even $15 or $25 per month would be a huge blessing.

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American Father – VIDEO: Full 10 Minute Mini-Documentary – Big Family Moves to Rural Russia

American Father – VIDEO: Full 10 Minute Mini-Documentary – Big Family Moves to Rural Russia

A little over two years ago, an American priest brought his wife and eight children to Russia, starting their new life in a land where Orthodox churches are on every corner, and where the only legal marriages are traditional marriages, between one man and one woman. In this ten minute mini-documentary, TOK Media introduces viewers to the Gleason family. What is it like for a family of ten to leave America, move to Russia, and live in a snowy town that looks like an ancient fairytale? A video transcript, in English, is included below. TRANSCRIPT: Fr. Joseph: I came here expecting that there are a lot of…

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The American Man Who Became an Enormously Popular Saint Among Russians (Fr. Seraphim Rose)

The American Man Who Became an Enormously Popular Saint Among Russians (Fr. Seraphim Rose)

Among Russian Christians, Fr. Seraphim Rose is one of the most beloved Americans. And at the Church of the Dormition in Moscow, he is honored among the most beloved Saints. On the wall of the church, there is an icon of him standing near his spiritual father, St. John Maximovitch. Rose had tried everything from Protestantism, to atheism, to Buddhism. He learned multiple languages, and studied the world’s most popular philosopers, but never found the answers to his heart’s deepest questions and needs. Icon of St. Seraphim Rose, second from the right, on the wall ofthe Church of the Dormition in Moscow.Photo by Jesse Dominick. Then,…

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‘At the Sea of Galilee’ (Vasily Polenov, 1888) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

‘At the Sea of Galilee’ (Vasily Polenov, 1888) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

A few of the most famous Russian Christian artists: 19th C:    Repin       Ivanov       Polenov       Kramskoy       Nesterov       Semiradsky    Contemporary:    Ryzhenko       Glazunov       Morgun       Afonina       Our top 10 favorites: A purely subjective list of paintings and artists we love. To see all of the over 100 paintings in this series, click here. About this series: As we learned about Russia’s traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day. So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online.…

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Romanovs100: Texas Premier for Immersive Photo Album of Murdered Russian Royal Family

Romanovs100: Texas Premier for Immersive Photo Album of Murdered Russian Royal Family

RT’s history photo-project #Romanovs100 has culminated at America’s major education festival SXSW EDU ? the photo album premiering in Austin takes history experience beyond print, with the help of extended reality. “The #Romanovs100 team believes learning history can be compelling and interactive. We hope that this AR book will serve as an inspiration for educators, storytellers, entrepreneurs and wider young audiences to search for new ways of engaging with history in this amazing era of digital media,” said Kirill Karnovich-Valua, the creative director of the team behind the educational project. The AR photo album compliments the main project #Romanovs100, a digital photo essay about Nicholas II, the…

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Russia Will Pay $14,000 in Cash to Families Who Have 3 or More Children (Putin Video)

Russia Will Pay $14,000 in Cash to Families Who Have 3 or More Children (Putin Video)

Russia is one of the few countries, Hungary is another, which are taking a serious attitude to turning birthrates positive. These countries, unlike the US and Western Europe, understand that if they don’t, they will cease to exist, overrun by immigrants who will replace their culture. The mainstream media is busy convincing Western populations that this would be a good thing. Watch Putin explain why he thinks his policy is important. This seemed to be an impossible challenge at the time. Nevertheless, we succeeded, and I strongly believe that we can do it again by returning to natural population growth by late 2023 – early…

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Russian Orthodox Mission Opens in Texas to Receive Families Leaving Greek Orthodox Jurisdiction

Russian Orthodox Mission Opens in Texas to Receive Families Leaving Greek Orthodox Jurisdiction

A new mission parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has opened in Lubbock, Texas, to serve several families who left the local Greek parish, under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, due to the Patriarchate’s anti-canonical interference in the internal affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Speaking at an international conference on the Ukrainian crisis in Moscow last week, Archpriest John Whiteford of the ROCOR parish of St. Jonah of Manchuria in Spring, Texas, noted that there are various reactions from the Orthodox in America to what is happening in Ukraine. There are those Greeks who will support the Patriarchate no matter…

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Drafting American Women into the Military – US District Court Says Yes

Drafting American Women into the Military – US District Court Says Yes

A U.S. federal court judge has ruled that the current all-male draft is unconstitutional. The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller, a federal district judge in Texas. The last challenge to the all-male draft rules occurred in 1981. The Supreme Court then upheld the constitutionality of the male-only draft on the basis that many military roles were open only to men. However, in 2015, the Obama administration opened all U.S. military roles to women—include combat roles—roles from which they had previously been barred. This change gave the impetus for the new suit which claimed the all-male draft violated the constitutional guarantee of…

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Pic of the Day – Chapel of the Archangel Michael, Altai Republic, Russia – February 27, 2019

Pic of the Day – Chapel of the Archangel Michael, Altai Republic, Russia – February 27, 2019

We frequently come across beautiful pictures of Orthodox Christianity in Russia while cruising the internets, so we decided to share them from time to time. It is so true, a picture can sometimes tell more than 1000 words. sourse photo – nat-geo.ru photographer – Rosa Ibragimova Would you like to see more articles like this? Our fundraising goal has not yet been met, and we would be very grateful for your help. It takes a full time staff to keep this website going, and our workers need to feed their families. A recurring donation of even $15 or $25 per month would be a huge blessing.

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Young Couple in Remote Village Discovers Ancient Christianity, Gives Up Everything to Join Orthodox Church

Young Couple in Remote Village Discovers Ancient Christianity, Gives Up Everything to Join Orthodox Church

In Piraí do Sul — a remote village not yet in contact with Orthodox Christianity — many residents live in poverty, struggling to survive. Steady work may pay only two or three hundred dollars a month, and the nearest Orthodox church is in the capital city of Curitiba, nearly three hours away. In a situation like this, what chance does a young person have to discover the Orthodox Faith? Geraldo & Karen are a young couple living in Piraí do Sul. They have dreams of living near an Orthodox church and becoming Orthodox Christians. They also hope to raise their children in a country where homeschooling is…

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Jonathan Pageau on Jordan Peterson and Orthodoxy

Jonathan Pageau on Jordan Peterson and Orthodoxy

TRANSCRIPT:  [Dr. Herman Middleton]: I recently had the privilege of spending some time with Orthodox woodcarver, symbolist and YouTuber Jonathan Pageau. We had some great conversations together, and he graciously agreed to sit down with me for an interview. I’m going to be releasing episodes from this interview over the next weeks and months, so please subscribe below to get notified when a new video becomes available.  HOW DID YOU FIRST MEET PETERSON? [Jonathan Pageau]: Jordan Peterson has, in the last year or year-and-a-half or so, has become a household name, I guess. His star has risen very strangely and unexpectedly. I met Jordan Peterson a while…

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“American Father” – Family of Ten Moves to Russia – (Preview)

“American Father” – Family of Ten Moves to Russia – (Preview)

A little over two years ago, an American priest brought his wife and eight children to Russia, starting their new life in a land where Orthodox churches are on every corner, and where the only legal marriages are traditional marriages, between one man and one woman. In this 3-1/2 minute preview of an upcoming mini-documentary, TOK Media introduces viewers to the Gleason family. What is it like for a family of ten to leave America, move to Russia, and live in a snowy town that looks like an ancient fairytale? A full video transcript, in English, is included below. TRANSCRIPT: Subtitles (in Russian): — American Father…

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United Nations & European Union Addressed by Leading Bishop – Religious Persecution in Ukraine

United Nations & European Union Addressed by Leading Bishop – Religious Persecution in Ukraine

A video address of Bishop Victor (Kotsaba) of Baryshevka, the head of the UOC Representation to European International Organizations, to the officials of the UN, OSCE, EU and other countries due to the facts of large-scale violations of human rights in Ukraine and the real threat of escalation of religious conflicts. Source: spzh A full text transcript of the address is included below. Dear representatives of the European and international community, On behalf of the believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, I appeal to all concerned representatives of the international organizations. Our Church is the largest confession of Ukraine, with more than 12 thousand parishes.…

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Christian Family With 14 Children, Leaving America & Moving to Russia

Christian Family With 14 Children, Leaving America & Moving to Russia

40-year-old Steve Mitchell from Missouri purchased 217 hectares (542 acres) of land in central Russia, in the Ust-Kalmansky district of Altai. He intends to build a farm near the village of Verkh-Slyudyanka and live on it with his wife and fourteen children.  In the interview below, Steve talks about how he decided to move to Altai, and why he considers Russia to be the best place for his family. Steve Mitchell with his family Years ago, Steve was simultaneously attending a university, studying theology, and organizing a grass cutting business. His family grew quickly, and at the time he was also involved in politics, so he left the university. At that time, he…

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Join 100s of Americans in Italy – World’s #1 Anti-Globalist, Pro-Family Conference – Salvini to Speak – March 29-31, Verona

Join 100s of Americans in Italy – World’s #1 Anti-Globalist, Pro-Family Conference – Salvini to Speak – March 29-31, Verona

I am delighted to tell you about this truly wonderful event taking place in March, which I am planning to attend. The World Congress of Families (WCF) has been described by conservative commentator Dr. Steve Turley as “THE premier social conservative organization in the world today”, and I have to agree with him. I don’t just want to tell you about it, I want to urge you to attend! If we social conservatives are going to roll back the insanity being pushed by the progressive left – the gender-bending, ever more radical abortions, gay marriage, and the rest of it, then we need to network,…

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Join 100s of Americans in Italy – World’s #1 Anti-Globalist, Pro-Family Conference – Salvini to Speak – March 29-31, Verona

Join 100s of Americans in Italy – World’s #1 Anti-Globalist, Pro-Family Conference – Salvini to Speak – March 29-31, Verona

I am delighted to tell you about this truly wonderful event taking place in March, which I am planning to attend. The World Congress of Families (WCF) has been described by conservative commentator Dr. Steve Turley as “THE premier social conservative organization in the world today”, and I have to agree with him. I don’t just want to tell you about it, I want to urge you to attend! If we social conservatives are going to roll back the insanity being pushed by the progressive left – the gender-bending, ever more radical abortions, gay marriage, and the rest of it, then we need to network,…

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Why Professor Hal Freeman and His Family Moved from America to Russia

Why Professor Hal Freeman and His Family Moved from America to Russia

Hal Freeman is an American who relocated to Russia with his Russian-born wife, and their children — this, in part to take a Benedict Option of their own. He writes a blog about his experiences there. Recently, he wrote about a post I’d made here, about people who have decided to leave America to live abroad.  Hal Freeman, an American expat living in Russia, reads Pravda (Facebook) In his response, Freeman talked about his experience, and about a new book by University of Chicago political theorist John Mearsheimer. Excerpts: Others, not writing from a Christian perspective, have also noted major changes in American culture and the inability of much of…

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‘St. Nicholas Saves 3 Innocents’ (Ilya Repin,1888) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

‘St. Nicholas Saves 3 Innocents’ (Ilya Repin,1888) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

A few of the most famous Russian Christian artists: 19th C:    Repin       Ivanov       Polenov       Kramskoy       Nesterov       Semiradsky    Contemporary:    Ryzhenko       Glazunov       Morgun       Afonina       Our top 10 favorites: A purely subjective list of paintings and artists we love. To see all of the over 100 paintings in this series, click here. About this series: As we learned about Russia’s traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day. So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online.…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Saint Nicholas Saves 3 Innocents’ (Ilya Repin – 1888)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Saint Nicholas Saves 3 Innocents’ (Ilya Repin – 1888)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death’ – a painting was finished in 1888. It is part of the collection of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The size of the picture – 85”× 77”   Link to high resolution image. The plot of the picture is associated with one of the acts of St. Nicholas (approximate dates of life – 270—345 AD), which he performed when he was a bishop in the World…

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NY Churches Forced to Pledge Special Protection for Transgenders and Homosexuals

NY Churches Forced to Pledge Special Protection for Transgenders and Homosexuals

New York is now forcing churches to provide special protection for homosexuals, transgenders, and those of various “gender identities”. Using sexual harassment policies as a legal Trojan horse, the government is pressuring churches to accept lifestyles which are explicitly prohibited by the Christian Faith. The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) — with its headquarters in New York — is one of the recent victims to this Draconian tactic. And this is only one example among many. There are numerous other churches in New York which are facing similar pressure from the government. So far, affected churches have not been forced to change their official doctrinal statements. Most…

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‘Saint Leonty preaches to the Pagans in Rostov’ (Morgun E., 2008) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

‘Saint Leonty preaches to the Pagans in Rostov’ (Morgun E., 2008) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

A few of the most famous Russian Christian artists: 19th C:    Repin       Ivanov       Polenov       Kramskoy       Nesterov       Semiradsky    Contemporary:    Ryzhenko       Glazunov       Morgun       Afonina       Our top 10 favorites: A purely subjective list of paintings and artists we love. To see all of the over 100 paintings in this series, click here. About this series: As we learned about Russia’s traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day. So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online.…

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The Extraordinary American Professor Who Photographed the Striking Christian Architecture of Russia’s North

The Extraordinary American Professor Who Photographed the Striking Christian Architecture of Russia’s North

Editors Note: This article is from a series by and about the invaluable William Brumfield, (Wikipedia), Professor of Slavic Studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. Brumfield is the world’s leading historian of Russian architecture.  He makes frequent trips to Russia, often to her remote regions, and records the most unusual examples of surviving architecture with detailed, professional photography. Most of the buildings he photographs is of remote churches and monasteries. His most recent book is a real treasure, Architecture At The End Of The Earth, Photographing The Russian North (2015). (Amazon).  This truly beautiful book was made possible by the support of a US philanthropist,…

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Our Top 10 Favorite Russian Christian Paintings (A Very Subjective List)

Our Top 10 Favorite Russian Christian Paintings (A Very Subjective List)

Some famous masterpieces, and some, we promise, you’ve never heard of. As we work our way through an enormous cache of fascinating Russian Christian paintings, we can’t help but fall in love with some of them. About the series: As we learned about Russia’s traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day. So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online.  ‘Religious Procession in Kursk’ (Ilya Repin – 1883) ‘The Appearance of Christ’…

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Three Cultures God Destroyed Because of Homosexual Sex

Three Cultures God Destroyed Because of Homosexual Sex

#1 — Sodom Sodom & Gomorrah are famous. Almost everyone has heard of them. And almost everyone knows the reason why God sent fire and brimstone to wipe them off the face of the earth. Why were the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed? They had sinned in many ways, for many years. But what sin finally brought fire down from heaven upon them? For what particular sin is Sodom known? “Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Toil of St. Sergius’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1896)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Toil of St. Sergius’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1896)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘Saint Sergius’ labours’ (central part of the triptych)  is a painting by the Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov,  work in his series on Sergius of Radonezh. ‘Saint Sergius’ labours’ is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 53″ × 52″ Link to high resolution image. At the very end of the 19th century, Mikhail Nesterov created the monumental triptych entitled ‘Saint Sergius’ labours’, describing the period of the life of the Saint together with the brethren. Masterfully combines…

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