Translated by Vera Bouteneff, with a new foreword by Peter Bouteneff.
It is one of the great mysteries of life that in atmospheres of the harshest cruelty, a certain few not only survive but emerge as beacons of light and life. Father Arseny, former scholar of church art, became Prisoner No. 18736 in the brutal "special sector" of the Soviet prison camp system. In the darkness of systematic degradation of body and soul, he shone with the light of Christ's peace and compassion. His sights set on God and his life grounded in the Church, Father Arseny lived by injunction to "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2). This narrative, compiled from accounts of Father Arseny's spiritual children and others whom he brought to God, gives stirring glimpses of his life in prison camp and after his release. It also tells the stories of people whose lives, often during times of almost unimaginable crisis, were touched and transfigured through their connection with Father Arseny. Emerging from the context of the particular tragedies of Soviet Russia, this book carries a universal impact certain to be felt by readers in the West today.
Softcover, 279 pp.
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Panforte are back and baked exclusively at the Hermitage! This traditional dessert is a rich and chewy spice cake (the name means "strong bread" in Italian). It combines dried fruit...
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UPDATE: as the virus continues to spread throughout the brotherhood, services in church are now being limited to the Hours only and will NOT be live-streamed. The exception will be Great Vespers on Saturday night at 6:30pm and Hours & Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am, both of which will be broadcast.
As of Thursday, July 29 multiple members of the brotherhood have tested positive for COVID-19 and almost everyone has fallen ill. Therefore Fr. Seraphim has decided to close the monastery to visitors temporarily, and unfortunately we will have to cancel the public celebration of St. Panteleimon's Day on August 8/9.
Because we are very shorthanded, we will also be closing the store through the end of this week. Orders can continue to be placed either online or via phone message, and will be fulfilled as quickly as possible beginning Tuesday, August 3.
Thank you for your understanding, and please keep us in your prayers during this time.