March 5, 2010

Eastern Orthodox Christian Monks

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

On the holy peninsula of Mount Athos, monks chant "Christos anesti—Christ is risen" during a midnight vigil. This Easter gathering ends seven weeks of solemn fasting. Monks rise to pray during the quietest hours of the night because that is when they believe the heart is most open.

See more photographs from the December 2009 feature story "Called to the Holy Mountain."

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