• Sister Vassa Larin

    Liturgiologist and Founder of Coffee with Sister Vassa

    Sister Vassa Larin (born Varvara Georgievna Larina, December 11, 1970 in Nyack, New York, United States) is a Russian Orthodox liturgiologist. She is the founder of Coffee with Sister Vassa, a non-profit organization for the production of online and offline catechetical programs and religious education. She is author of many scholarly articles, a monograph on Byzantine Hierarchichal Liturgy  (Orientalia Christiana Analecta 286, 2008), Reflections with Morning Coffee (Xenophon Press 2022), Lent with Sister Vassa (Xenophon Press 2022), HealthyFast Lenten Guidebook, and, most recently, Praying in Time: The Hours & Days in Step with Orthodox Christian Tradition (Wipf & Stock 2023), a book now translated into Italian, Greek and German.

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ROCOR and Western Values
Inter-Orthodox Relations

The ROCOR and “Western Values”

I presented the following paper on February 17, 2024 in Wheeling, IL, at a conference entitled “We’re Not Alone.” The conference was organized by laypeople of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), concerned about the church issues arising from Putin’s war against Ukraine. The topic of the paper, “The ROCOR and Western Values: Past...
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