Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, Lavra, Academy

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The Moscow Theological Academy is a higher education institution with a classical humanitarian education. It is a spiritual center that educates future pastors, theologians, academics, icon painters, church choir directors, teachers of educational institutions of the Orthodox Church. More than one and a half thousand people teach and study here. Students from all over the world come here to enroll.

Among the graduates of the MThA there are many Orthodox hierarchs, church and public figures, academics and theologians, saints, among them - Saint Philaretus (Drozdov), Saint Athanasius (Sakharov), Sainted Hilarion (Troitsky), Patriarch-Catholicos of All Georgia Elias II, Archimandrite John (Krestiankin), Metropolitan Onuphrius of Kiev and All Ukraine, famous theologian Alexey Osipov.

Here researchers are engaged in in the field of biblical studies, church history, theology, liturgy, canon law, philosophy, patrology, church art, work on translations from ancient and modern languages. Among the teaching staff of the Academy are doctors and candidates of theology, art criticism, philosophy, history and philology.

The Academy educational structure consists of a bachelor's degree, a master's degree (within six departments), a post-graduate course, a choir director's and iconography school, a distance learning department and a supplementary education department.

The Moscow Theological Academy is located on the territory of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, the largest monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church. The relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the founder of the Lavra and patron of education, are located here. Among the Lavra and Academy monks there are world-famous academics, graduates of European universities. Students of the Academy always have a choice whether to accept monastic vows or stay in the world.

Young lads and maidens from all over Russia come to the Academy, live here for six months and go home only for the holidays. Every day (except Sundays) students go to class, and after class- to their obediences. Also, regular worship services, morning and evening prayers are built into the student schedule.

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  • Why people choose to receive a theological education,
  • How seminarians live and learn,
  • How often seminarians pray,
  • What lies ahead of the graduate,

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