The purpose of this site primarily consists in hosting the weblog of the deacon Ephraim, a cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, who for the lack of a current teaching or homily-delivering post, while possessing the same seminary and graduate education of those who do, cannot cease thinking and needing to attempt to communicate within a spiritual scope. The title and theme diakonia — shall attempt to steer a course between its broad, literal meaning “service” and its spiritual direction in Holy Tradition as the “diaconal art”—particularly in the long-standing tradition of the Russian deacon. May God help us as we struggle against the persecution of the increasingly more nihilist, faithless world which threatens to redouble every moment in and of its gleeful dirge and redirect it to the now universal injunction to serve the passions.