What is a regular worship routine for a monk or nun

What is a regular worship routine for a monk or nun

In Eastern Orthodoxy monasticism holds a very special and important place: “Angels are a light for monks, monks are a light for laymen” (St. John Klimakos). Orthodox monastics separate themselves from the world in order to pray unceasingly for the world. They do not, in general, have as their primary purpose the running of social services, but instead are concerned with attaining theosis, or union with God. However, care for the poor and needy has…

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Donald Trump’s top team

Donald Trump’s top team

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia has never been under closer scrutiny. But this week, for the first time, the views of those who will serve alongside him at the highest level have also come under the spotlight. As Trump’s prospective defense secretary, secretary of state and CIA director have been quizzed at confirmation hearings this week, important differences have emerged between how they see Russia and the views of the President-elect. House Speaker Paul…

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Child monks of the Himalayas

Child monks of the Himalayas

High in the Himalayas, young novice monks in maroon robes take their lessons in the 15th-Century Thiksey monastery near Leh in Ladakh – known as the land of high passes – in Indian-administered Kashmir, disputed territory between India and Pakistan. With its whitewashed ramparts sitting over 3,000m high on a rocky crag, with breathtaking views across the Indus Valley to the mountains beyond, Thiksey is home to a monastic community affiliated with the “yellow hat”…

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