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The purpose of this site primarily consists in hosting one of the weblogs of the deacon Ephraim, a cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, who being unworthy of holding either a teaching or homily-delivering post (let alone the diaconate), while possessing the same seminary and graduate education of those who do, cannot cease thinking and needing to attempt to communicate within a spiritual scope. The title and theme — diakonia — shall attempt to steer a course between its broad, literal meaning “service” and its spiritual direction in Holy Tradition as the “diaconal art”—particularly in the long-standing tradition of the Russian deacon. May God help us as we struggle against the persecution of the increasingly more nihilist, faithless world which threatens to redouble every moment in and of its gleeful dirge and redirect it to the now universal injunction to serve the passions. The views expressed on this and his other blogs represent solely those of the author in a personal capacity as a churchman and not in an official clerical capacity of the Church, his jurisdiction, or parochial assignment.

Fr. also publishes the Neptic Epoche, an attempt to steer his graduate studies in the phenomenology of loving and religious experience under one of the world’s leading experts in the field into his work and life in Orthodox theology, as well as Cinegogikon: Orthodox Christian Film Review.

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