A few Saints Await

The little city hermit has started to take heart! So many prayers about him from all four corners of the world could not possibly go unheard! They have not been answered  in the way that he would have hoped — yet!– but this is a matter of least importance. Still in the dark, then, about a number of serious professional and family matters, the little city hermit is about to embark on a long pilgrimage across Greece and Romania, where a few Saints and spiritual elders await him for an “emergency treatment”:

St John the Forerunner in the Chalkidiki monastery of his spiritual father;

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St John the Evangelist and St Amphilochios in Patmos!

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And an elusive Romanian father Ioann, literally hiding in a North Romania hamlet, who has been praying about him for a long time, and a spiritual sister has made all necessary arrangements for them to meet at long last!

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Glory to God for all things! Even if no answers are to be disclosed in all these meetings, still so many blessings are under way!

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Russia in Winter

 

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Sunny forest (photo by Sergei Malinin)

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Frost on Theophany (photo by Archbishop Maximilian (Lazarenko) / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

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First snow on the Sherna river (a river in the Vladimir and Moscow regions). A view of the St. Nicholas Church (photo by Irina Beloturova)

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The Kantyube Mountain, Urals (photo by Alexei Klekovkin)

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The Church of St. Dimitry Prilutsky on Navolok, the city of Vologda
(photo by Archbishop Maximilian (Lazarenko) / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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(Photo by Archbishop Maximilian (Lazarenko) / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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Solovki Monastery (photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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St. Andrew’s Church (photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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(Photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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The bells ring joyfully in frosty weather (photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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(Photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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The first ray of light (photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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Theophany immersion (photo by Vladimir Khodakov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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Sunset (photo by Anatoly Zabolotsky / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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The Lavra (photo by Hierodeacon Gerasim (Pichugin) / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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A Nativity scene in Yakutia (photo by Marina Yurchenko / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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A Nativity scene in Yakutia (photo by Marina Yurchenko / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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Frosty haze (photo by Marina Yurchenko / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

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The Crimea in winter (photo by Daniel Korzhonov)

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The Crimea in winter (photo by Sergei Yershov)

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The Holy Trinity Church in Antarctica

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The last ray (photo by Daniel Korzhonov)

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Photo by Vladimir

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His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All the Russias photo by Vladimir Khodakov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru

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Belaya Gora (White Mountain) and surroundings (a name of a mountain and village in the Perm region)

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Belogorsky St. Nicholas Monastery, Perm region (photo by Vadim Balakin / Severniye Zemli)

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Around Belaya Gora (photo by Vladimir Chuprikov)

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A winter landscape in Belaya Gora area (photo by Vladimir Chuprikov)

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Winter magic (photo by Vladimir)

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Svetlaya (Bright) Bay, sea of Okhotsk (photo by Alexei Gnezdilov)

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The Baptism of the Lord (photo by Vladimir Yeshtokin / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

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A Russian village

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Winter sunrise above the Istra river, the Moscow region (photo by Andrei Ulyashev)

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Ice on Lake Baikal (photo by Daniel Korzhonov)

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Nighttime fairy tale (photo by Maxim Yevdokimov)

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A monk fees a winter bird (photo by Anatoly Zabolotsky / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

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The sun illumines the trees covered in hoarfrost (photo by Vitaly from N-sk)

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Photo by Marateaman

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Friends (photo by Elena Shumilova)

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(Photo by Elena Shumilova)

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Kazakhstan, Lake Borovoye, the Goluboy Zaliv (Blue Bay) inlet (photo by Leonid Dyachenko)

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Frost and the sun (photo by Viktor Kornyushin / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

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Winter sunrise (photo by Ilia Melnikov)

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Winter sleep (photo by Tatiana Smirnova)

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A lovely evening on Green Mountain, Sheregesh, the Kemerovo region
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Frost and the sun (photo by Marina Nikiforova)

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The ragged sky (photo by Marina Brydnya)

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The Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Red Square

 

Source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/foto/set1466.htm

Between Son and Mother

A virtual, photographic pilgrimage to shrines in Greece and Cyprus dedicated to the Feast of the Mother of God Presentation or Entry, Entrance, Eisodos in the Temple (November 21)

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Iconography of the Entrance of the Theotokos at Hilandari Monastery–MOUNT ATHOS

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Panagia Malteza of Santorini

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Panagia Odigitria of Kimolos

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The 11th Century Church of Panagia Kapnikarea in Athens

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The Monastery of Panagia of Machairas in Cyprus

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No one stands between Son and Mother

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“Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.”

 

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