During the month of October 2013, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov, spiritual father of Alexeevsky Monastery in Krasnoe Selo, Moscow, performed his fourth pilgrimage to the parishes and monasteries of the Russian Church in the United States. Fr. Artemy is well known throughout Russia for his homilies, lectures, and many spiritual books and poems.
The Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese accompanied Fr. Artemy on his pilgrimage, and has produced a film about his impressions of life in the Russian Church Abroad in America. The 31-minute film, entitled “Russian America: Hidden Sanctuary of the Orthodox World,” has been released today in Russian and English on the official YouTube channel of the Eastern American Diocese.
In this unique film, whose primary target audience is people living in Russia, Fr. Artemy describes what life is like in parishes and monasteries here in America. The film takes the viewer on a journey from the mountains of upstate New York, where ROCOR’s oldest monastery of the Holy Trinity is located, to the hills of West Virginia, where American-born converts are flocking to Holy Cross Monastery to fulfill a life of prayer and service to God and the Church.
In the film, Fr Artemy also shares his impressions of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC, the hierarchy and clergy of the Russian Diaspora, and the wonderworking icons that bless and protect ROCOR’s flock.