Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

What can be more extreme than an attempt to live as a real monk in a real monastery, to follow all its rules?

Right now you are going to see the photo report of one Russian blogger who decided to do this and went to Russkiy Island of the Russian Far East where St. Seraphim of Sarov monastery is located.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Approaching the island.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Here it is, St. Seraphim of Sarov monastery.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

St. Seraphim of Sarov monastery.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Simple rules for pilgrims and guests of the monastery.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

 

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The monastic cell is in the attic of the temple. The entrance is rather small so one has to bend down to get inside.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

There are nine bed inside the cell. There are a lot of icons and crosses on the walls. Every monk has a bedside table and a lamp.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The first task was set in the morning – to clean the floor from wax drops.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Photos of the monastery reconstruction.

They always pray before eating and can choose any food they like in the monastery canteen. They eat in silence till the ring bells. After eating they thank God for food again.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Now our blogger has to clean the aquarium thoroughly.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

What you start to miss first is Interenet and mobile connection.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Another service starts at 4:30.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The water in the monastery is pure, from the well. The aquarium fish like it.
Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Time flows very slow, no noise at all.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Icon shop.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

They read such holy names in the temple filled with different aromas. Soon you start wanting to breathe fresh air.

By 8 p.m. all services are over and monks can do what they wish. Washing is allowed only on Fridays. Everyone who is going to live in the monastery is taken his passport and cellphone away, but some monks manage to hide their laptops and other gadgets to play games or listen to rap music… Like in a kindergarten, you know. But the atmosphere is very friendly.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

At 6 am everyone is awaked to and line up at the wash-basin.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The toilet is outside, about 50 meters away from the temple.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The first service of the day starts at 6:30. It is dark in the temple, they pray by candlelight.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The service is over at 8:20.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Pea soup and tea for breakfast.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Works of penance for everyone are written on this board.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Coming to the cell for warm clothes.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

These bricks have to be moved from one place to another.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

When the work is done you start feeling boring.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

This is a hotel for pilgrims.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

And this is a farm.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The church itself, cells, canteen, icon shop and library.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

At 1 p.m. the bell rings again – it means the lunch time.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

This man works in the icon shop.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

One of the monastery workers who repairs the car.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Maxim is working at the farm.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

In the cell of the farm-keeper.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The kitchen.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Here they make cottage cheese, thresh oats and keep cows.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Manure is often bought by locals in spring for fertilization.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

It used to be a pasture but is abandoned now, they have no enough workers.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

In early 2000s there were much more monks and monastery workers here but today there is a serious shortage of hands.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The shovel work is very hard, soon blisters appear on the hands.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Washing capacities for milk products.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Another task is to sweep here, in the yard.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Another task, some rest and another service…

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Notebooks with names.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

The monastery workers is reading a book.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

This man is already 84, he’s been at the monastery for ten years.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

More fathers of the monastery.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Bee yard.

Life of a monk is very hard, it means labor every day.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Cars of the monastery.

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

Life In a Monastery: How Is It Like?

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