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ABOUT "VALAAM" SECTION

In the northern part of the Ladoga Lake which was called Nyevo in the ancient times, there lie numerous islands, the largest of them being Valaam. The light waters of the rough lake wash an archipelago, intruding into the shores of the Valaam islands, they form most picturesque bays and straits, many of which serve as a shelter for vessels seeking refuge from the fury of waves. Wonderful pictures of high steep rocks reflecting in clear calm waters alternate with views of primeval forest standing on the shores of big and small islands. There is something not belonging to this world in these rocks and waters.

THE LIGHT OF VALAAM

Monk Savvaty doesn't lash himself or wrap ropes around his body. Nor does he kneel for hours on a hard floor to tame his passions. His penance at the Valaam Monastery is different: He takes photographs. Savvaty, [alias Sergei Sevastyanov], was already an experienced photographer when he decided to leave the fuss of secular life and become a monk six years ago. But while most monks are encouraged to leave their secular occupation behind, Savvaty said he was blessed by the monastery elders to continue his work with photography.

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THE MYRRH EFFLUENCE FROM THE ICON

Myrrh effluence and fragrance from Saint icons and relics. On Yule the 21st, 2000, in the day of the Feast of Kazan icon of the Mother of God, the icon of Tsar-martyr Nikolai the 2nd Alexandrovich arrived from S.-Petersburg to the Holy land of Valaam.

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ELDER ANTIPA OF VALAAM

Elder Antipa had been tonsured with a name Leonty in 30-s of XIX century by the Abbot of the Moldavian monastery "Braz" archimandrite Dimitry, who later blessed him to come to Afon. On the Holy Mount Afon, after three years of stay in the monastery "Esfigmen", he had been tonsured into great schema with a name Antipa by Moldavian elder, scheme priest-monk Nifont, later founded Romanian skete "Prodromos" (in honor of St. John the Precursor). After taking the veil in scheme the father Antipa began his feat as desert dweller.

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VISIT OF THE PATRIARCH ALEXY II

On jubilee year 2000 His Holiness the Patriarch had visited Valaam monastery the tenth time, first and second visits took place in his childhood: in 1938 and 1939. Other visits were accomplished by His Holiness when he had already become the Father Superior and Hieroarchimandrite of the cloister, that's why it's named Stauropegion.

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