Heaven on Earth: Orthodox Treasures of Siberia and North America
“And we knew not whether we were in Heaven or on Earth.” Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev heard these words from his emissaries in 988, as they described their visit to the great Christian cathedral of Constantinople. The chronicles report that Vladimir then baptized all his people into this new religion. Thus began the spread of the Eastern Orthodox religion across Ukraine and Siberia to the shores of the Pacific and beyond, even to North America. Exquisite artwork, music, historic photographs, and an engraved text tell this dramatic story….
In celebration of the Bicentennial of Orthodoxy in North America, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, in 1994, prepared a unique museum exhibit which is beautifully presented here in video format. "Heaven on Earth" brings to the viewer the power and beauty of the Orthodox worship service in America, expressed by the many ethnic traditions which make up the Orthodox community. Exquisite artwork, music, historic photographs, and an engaged text tell the dramatic story of a unique American cultural and religious experience, which had its beginnings in Alaska.
VHS format, 30 minutes.