Friday, March 22, 2019

I am back as the writer of the Daily Diary.  I missed three days, as I was in hospital having a hip replacement which, at least according to the surgeon, was most successful.  The staff was particularly kind and helpful, as was the surgeon himself.  Davey brought me back to the monastery this afternoon where […]

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Vladyka Lazar: Vladika Varlaam had a successful hip replacement surgery at the UBC Hospital today, and will likely be home tomorrow or Saturday. Thank God for the Canadian health care system. Today, for the first time since my series of four strokes and a major cancer surgery, I drove into the nearby city of Mission. […]

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A very tiring day it has been, having driven to Vancouver for two preadmission sessions and back again to the monastery.  I cannot imagine how commuters do this every single day and how they can keep themselves from falling into hopelessness.  It is no wonder then, that city people come here and admire the peacefulness […]

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The temperature was at least 20 degrees [C] today [about 70 degrees F], allowing us to feel the spirit of spring amidst us.  The service, about four and a half hours from beginning to end, was inspiring and passed so quickly that time had no meaning whatsoever.  Father Shio and his congregation joined us in […]

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Some university professors paid Vladika Lazar a visit early this morning and also took some of the books we had published.  It was good to see them again, as Vladika always enjoys an intellectual or theological discussion.  We had a baptism this morning followed by a lenten reception with many interesting people, including the baby’s […]

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Friday, March 8, 2019

As I had probably mentioned before, the Mission Community Services sends a woman each Friday to clean the cottage.  The previous woman used to spend about thirty five minutes and then leave, while our new one spends a full two hours, which is what they are allotted.  She is excellent, and the floor, the counters […]

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

After this morning’s Matins and Liturgy, we had the usual abbreviated healing service, as we on the first Sunday of each month, followed by a memorial service for Michael Apostolidis who died last year.  His widow Glyko wanted everything to be perfect and it was.  As for her koliva, I have never seen it looking […]

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

This is a continuation of the mouse episode.  Kirill kindly filled in the hole through which the mice were entering the bathroom and I hope that it will be the end of this unpleasant adventure.  Today is Ancestral Saturday so we served a memorial before Vespers, attended by quite a few people.  Unfortunately, my throat […]

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Friday, March 1, 2019

This is the first day of March, but has spring really arrived?  I used to enjoy describing the various flowers that were still in bloom until the cold spell came upon us.  Now, all of us keep hoping that spring will soon arrive, because it is the most beautiful of all seasons here in this […]

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Constant Contact bulletin was sent today concerning the upcoming services and notification about the Presanctified Liturgy to be served during Great Lent.  Please read it carefully.  If, on the other hand, you have not been receiving our Constant Contact, please inform us and we will gladly add your email to the list.  That way, […]

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