Foundations of Orthodoxy included in 5th-Grade Curriculum in 30 Moscow Schools

After a year of studying the Foundations of Orthodox Culture in the fourth grade, fifth graders of thirty Moscow schools will continue to explore the subject within the framework of a pilot project in the new school year, reported Hieromonk Onisim, the chairman of the Department of Religious Education and Catechesis of the Moscow Diocese, in an interview with RIA Novosti on August 6.

Foundations of Orthodox Culture is included in the fourth grade school curriculum. Following an analysis of this year’s pilot program a decision will be made about the advisability of further expansion of the course.

Address of the Great Council of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America 11-13 March 1969, Concerning The Canonization of the Spiritual Father Herman of Alaska

This year marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the canonization of the great Russian ascetic missionary to America, St. Herman of Alaska, commemorated on July 27/August 9. Having left his chosen monastic home of the great Valaam Monastery, St. Herman departed under obedience to trek across the entire span of the Russian land to bring the light of Christ to the native peoples of Alaska. He arrived at Spruce Island in 1794 and labored for forty years, caring for all the physical and spiritual needs of the people. His life of prayer and asceticism and intense love in imitation of Christ left an indelible mark on the Alaskan land and people, and his memory has carried throughout the rest of America, and indeed throughout the entire Orthodox world. Under his heavenly protection the American mission continues to grow.

Bulgaria's Church Wants Its Opinion on Some Draft Laws to Be Considered

The Sofia News Agency reports that His Holiness Neofit, Patriarch of Bulgaria has sent a letter to Speaker of Parliament Tsetska Tsacheva demanding that the Holy Synod be afforded the opportunity to give its opinion on bills concerning healthcare, educaiton, morality, and cultural heritage.

Tsar Nicholas II Bell Established in the Urals - One of Russia's Largest

  The Tsar Nicholas II Bell - which depicts the images of the Holy Royal Martrs - weighing 16.5 tons was installed earlier this week in the bell tower of the Transfiguration Cathedral in St. Nicholas Monastery in Verkhoturye (Sverdlovsk region), a major spiritual center in the Urals. The bell is the third largest in the Archdiocese of Yekaterinburg and one of the twenty largest bells in Russia.

New Museum in Moscow to Host Permanent 'Orthodox Russia. Romanovs and Rurik Exhibit'

  The new History of Russia Museum is currently under construction at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh) in Moscow. Once complete, it will house the permanent exhibition Orthodox Russia. My History: Rurik and Romanov.

The multimedia exhibition explores the history of the Romanov dynasty (1613-1917), and the Rurikovichi (the descendants of Rurik) and the 700-year-long history of the Ancient Rus. The exhibition was established under the auspices of the Patriarchal Council for Culture and organized by the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.