McMurray University Excursion to Holy Archangels Monastery, TX (Dr. Philip LeMasters, 2007)

The Rev. Fr. Philip LeMasters, Ph.D., is the pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Church, Abilene, TX. He also serves as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion, Professor of Religion, and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University. In addition, Fr. Philip is the Corporate Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/academics/ssr/religion/faculty.htm

Dr. Philip LeMasters, Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program
Dr. Philip LeMasters, Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program

Religion 3310: Eastern Orthodox Theology

Dr. Philip LeMasters decided that the best way to give his students the full flavor of Orthodox Christianity was not just to have them read about it in class, but to actually experience it.  So, on November 30, 2007, members of his course on Eastern Orthodox Theology took a field trip to the Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox monastery in Kendalia, Texas.  Above: what they saw when they arrived outside the monastery compound.

The courtyard of the monastery.  Women are required to cover their heads on the monastery grounds.
The courtyard of the monastery. Women are required to cover their heads on the monastery grounds.
Dr. LeMasters on the left, with Hieromonk Ephraim and two members of the group.
Dr. LeMasters on the left, with Hieromonk Ephraim Comits and two members of the group.
The candelabra in the sanctuary.
The candelabra in the sanctuary.
A moment of quiet contemplation.
A moment of quiet contemplation.

http://www.mcm.edu/newsite/web/academics/ssr/religion/orthodox.htm

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