OCA Holy Synod concludes annual retreat

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OCA - June 2015 The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015.  [See related story.] In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of ...

Sviyazhsk: An island town on the Volga

After the defeat of Kazan, Sviyazhsk remained an outpost of Christianity in a Muslim region. Source: mityaguimon/flickr.com

                      Daria Gonzales, RIR - 4/5/13 A collection of churches, bell towers, and teetering homesteads is all that remains above ground in this historic town, which was once home to over 10,000 people. A face-off had been brewing in the middle of the 16th century between the Khanate of Kazan and the growing power of the Muscovite Tsar ...