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Published on Jan 22, 2008
Photographs my Nicky took whilst he was on otpust to the Holy Land and Athos in 1966 are matched with a traditional piece from the Utreniye (Matins) sung by a Russian monastic choir.
Much nonsense has been written about the prohibition of women visitors to Mt Athos. That is the way of it, and the only way I (and other women) can visit is via the photos of our male relatives. The Athonite fathers are wise. They know that they are great sinners, and they wish to have as little temptation as possible. May God bless these holy men. They are the beating heart of our Orthodox faith.