Daily Diary

FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018

This morning I went for my first appointment to my specialist’s new location, a modern, scarcely completed building where everything looked and smelled fresh. The doctor is of Czech origin and is highly regarded. By early evening it had become cooler and we have been promised some rain in the next two days, but weather […]

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SUNDAY 29 JULY 2018

Even though the temperature was about 35 degrees [about 100 degrees Fahrenheit] Today’s celebration of the feast of the Joy of Canada went splendidly. With two air conditioners and several fans, we managed to endure the heat. After the blessing of the old icon of Christ the Saviour, the Cross Procession began but, by that […]

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FRIDAY 27 JULY 2018

There was no desire to venture out today, nor any need to do so. Part of the afternoon was spent outdoors, seated in the shade of our giant cedar trees, eating and conversing while a slight breeze helped to keep us cool. I think that our American visitors are coping better than us with this […]

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TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018

It has been even hotter today [not that I am complaining!!] and Vladika Lazar bought three more fans when Thomas took him for therapy this afternoon. If that does not cool us, nothing will. Even the water in the stream at the top of the monastery property is looking a little sparse. I doubt if […]

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SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018

It was another hot day, but nothing would hinder us in our Sunday Liturgy. It was the first liturgical service for the newly ordained Deacon Markel and, I must say, he served splendidly and he is such a benefit to the monastery. Soon after the Agape meal, we baptized little Luka, the fourth member of […]

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FRIDAY 20 JULY 2018

Aside from the Home Care women who come morning and evening to help Vladika Lazar, a Home Care Cleaning woman arrived this morning, ready to clean the cottage by vacuuming the carpets and washing the kitchen and bathroom floors, and dusting everywhere. This was welcome help, as we cannot always rely on volunteers to help […]

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WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2018

We gladly welcomed today’s cooler temperature, for we could avoid the previous unbearable heat. People arrived before noon, on this the occasion of my birthday, and began to prepare lunch. Soon, we were seated at a long table in the hall, eating and appreciating each other’s company. All afternoon people kept coming and going, and […]

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TUESDAY 17 JULY 2018

The heat has become almost oppressive, so we have spent much of the day indoors, cooling off with the aid of the air conditioner. Some people are against air conditioners, thinking that they are harmful to one’s health. That might be so, but without one I would have been much like a hard boiled egg. […]

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SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018

It has been a memorable day. Archbishop Iriney arrived early in the morning to begin the Matins service. Neither Vladika Lazar nor I served, since Vladika Iriney had Father Phillip Erickson and Father Evgeny Prokhin, as well as Deacon Paul Bartlett serving with him. Reader Markel Tihon was ordained first as subdeacon, and later in […]

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FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018

Although today is Friday the thirteenth, no one must be superstitious about this. The fear of this date is called triskaidekophobia which is derived from the Greek thirteen and fear. In many countries, high rise buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, and after the twelfth floor, the next one is fourteenth. We welcomed Vladika […]

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TUESDAY 10 JULY 2018

Today was rather a difficult day in that the family of the young man, Alexey Lyakh, who recently drowned with two friends at Shannon Falls, north of Vancouver, came to talk about the funeral. As an only child, his parents are heart broken as one can readily understand. Sometimes there is little that one can […]

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MONDAY 9 JULY 2018

This has not been an outstanding day, with little happening and perhaps it is just as well, since each day cannot be full of adventures and spectacular events. While Thomas and I were standing outside, we could hear a car driving up and, when it came around the curve, I was certain that it was […]

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SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018

Vladika Lazar served the Divine Liturgy, assisted by Father Alexey and Deacon Paul. It was good to see Vlad and Doina back from their trip to Europe in addition to having Deacon Paul from Cranbrook serving with us. After the Agape meal, some went with Vladika to his spiritual talk, while some stayed behind to […]

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SATURDAY 7 JULY 2018

The loud clashes of thunder in the middle of the night, together with flashes of lightning were disturbing, but perhaps they helped to keep today almost free from rain when the forecast told us that it would rain much of the day. Vladika Lazar came to the old church to baptize three little girls whose […]

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JOY OF CANADA

The feast of the icon of the Theotokos “Joy of Canada” will be celebrated on 29 July 2018. This is the annual feast of the Monastery of All Saints in Dewdney. The Liturgy will be celebrated in various languages to reflect Canada’s multiculturalism. An 18 century icon of Jesus Christ “The Pantocrator” will be blessed. […]

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FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018

While driving on the monastery road on the curve beyond the cherry trees, there suddenly loomed before us a machine that looked like some military war weapon, which meant that I had to back up all the way to the trees, and I do not like backing up whatsoever. It turned out to be a […]

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THURSDAY 5 JULY 2018

A group of professional medical people came to make an assessment of Vladika’s condition here at the monastery. They made some positive suggestions and promised to do whatever they can to make things easier for him and less burdensome. Later in the day, the “foot woman” came to tend to our feet. It is not […]

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WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018

Two groups of women came to do cleaning, weeding, and other jobs that we ourselves are no longer capable of doing. Many thanks for their enthusiasm. We drove in the Jeep across part of the field to look at the blueberry bushes and, much to our delight, the crop looks good. I picked a couple […]

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TUESDAY 3 JULY 2018

Both sun and heat have returned and it feels like the middle of summer. I apologize for writing about the cherries again, but Thomas picked two more large containers of cherries that are even riper than the last, but I think that they are beginning to get mouldy and now we will wait for the […]

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MONDAY 2 JULY 2018

A heavy rain during the night has given our plants, shrubs, and trees the moisture that is needed to survive well. I had noticed the price of cherries in the stores [cherries probably from California or elsewhere] and I realized that we had picked hundreds of dollars worth of cherries, our own organic cherries, eaten […]

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SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018

The church was occupied from eight o’clock in the morning until after twelve noon. As usual we had Matins, then the Liturgy, followed by the singing of Many Years for Vladika Lazar whose nameday it was the other day and for Leonty, as we commemorated the Martyr Leonty today. Then we had prayers for those […]

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