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Ice Cross hewn for Epiphany in the ice of Maine's Kennebec River by parishioners of St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church commemorates the baptism of Christ. The water from the carving will bless the church.

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MYSTAGOGY: Russian Study: Physical Property of Water Changed on Epiphany Day

Sacred Poetry From Around the World. Discover Sufi poetry, Hindu poetry, Buddhist poetry, Christian mystical poetry, and poetry from other sacred and secular traditions

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Icebreaker, Antarctic  Photograph by Charles Swithinbank    U.S.S. Atka stands off Crater Hill on McMurdo Sound in mid-March; she kept channels open for evacuation of the last summer resident

Atka stands in McMurdo Sound to keep the channel open for Operation Deep Freeze supply ships, 1965

"The Great Blessing of the Waters, which we will now perform by God’s mercy, is directly related to our personal repentance. Let us not entertain the false conviction that by being mechanically sprinkled with the blessed water, or by drinking it, that we guarantee our purification. Why is it that, although taking part in the Blessing of the Waters  we remain the same as before? It is because we do not desire to bear the saving yoke of repentance."  (Archpriest John Kadar)

"The Great Blessing of the Waters, which we will now perform by God’s mercy, is directly related to our personal repentance. Let us not entertain the false conviction that by being mechanically sprinkled with the blessed water, or by drinking it, that we guarantee our purification. Why is it that, although taking part in the Blessing of the Waters we remain the same as before? It is because we do not desire to bear the saving yoke of repentance." (Archpriest John Kadar)

Magnum Photos Photographer Portfolio

Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen traveled around the edges of the former Soviet Union from collecting an incredible series of photos published into a book titled Satellites. Bendiksen, at 19 years of age, started as an intern at Magnum Photos in…

Jonas Bendiksen

A man walks past the half-empty apartment blocks of Shushi, a town that was partially destroyed in the Azeri-Armenian war of the early Today it remains half-wrecked, and all the previous Azeri residents.

Eastern Orthodoxy in Ukraine

To Byzantium and back: An exploration of Eastern Orthodoxy in Ukraine

Eastern Orthodoxy in Ukraine

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