The Orphanage at the Monastery of the Holy Resurrection, Banchen, Ukraine

Father Mihail with children

On his weblog Mystagogy, John Sandiopolous has shared a Russian documentary video on a Ukrainian Monastery that worships and prays like all Orthodox Christian monasteries, and also cares for about thirty orphans, some with special needs.  The title of the post is A Ukrainian Monastery and it’s Orphanage, and the video is entitled, translated into English from Russian, is Outpost. On You Tube, it is entitled

Father Mihail Jar , The Abbot of Bănceni Monastery from Ukraine            (Father for 400 Souls)

(To view captions in English, (or any other of the major languages), click on CC on the bottom and to the right, click on “turn captions on” and choose your language on the line above.)

The first time I watched the video, though, I watched in the original language, and gathered much of the treasure that this video conveys simply by means of the visual images and body language. The kind, serious eyes, the pure, innocent eyes, and a pervading sense of joy made the experience fascinating. 

But of course, one gets more with the captions in one’s language. Enjoy! 

picture from Форпост – Forpost 

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