Beautiful and Scary

Alaskan volcano Mount Redoubt is acting up this week, with explosions and 10 mile-high ash clouds.   If you’re not sure of your geography, Mount Redoubt is located in the Chigmit Mountains in the Aleutian range, about 110 miles southwest of Anchorage.   Here is a great slideshow of additional photos taken this week.

Alaska Volcano

The photo below is of the nearby town of Ninilchik and it’s Transfiguration of the Lord Orthodox Church (founded in 1846; the present temple dates from about 1901).  The snow on the ground and roof are covered in dark grey ash.

Orthodoxy has prayers for everyone and everything, so I wonder if there are special prayers or patron saints that protect from volcanic eruptions?   Among the Roman Catholic dedicated saints, the Martyr Januarius (d. 305 AD and also an Orthodox saint) is recognized as a volcanic intercessor.   I’m thinking if I lived close to a force of nature that could obliterate me off the face of the Earth, I’d have to ask for help from every known saint possible!

APTOPIX Alaska Volcano

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