Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

SUNDAY 8 APRIL 2018

Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!   We greet everyone on this holiest and most joyous feast of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  I was pleased that I was given enough strength to serve the Paschal Matins and the Liturgy.  At 9:30 the readers began reading in various languages and at midnight the Cross Procession […]

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SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018

Today there was a combined service for the feast of the Annunciaton and for Holy Saturday.  Father Alexey served the lengthy service after which there was a rush to clean up the church, hall and kitchen for the great feast itself.  We were amazed to see a donation of one hundred sturdy and attractive folding […]

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FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2018

This is Holy and great Friday for Orthodox Christians, a day of fasting and preparing oneself for the great and sacred feast of Holy Pascha.  Father Vasili arrived from Florida, although there has not been much time to visit with him, and David and Anna came from Edmonton and have already visited Vladika Lazar.  The […]

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THURSDAY 5 APRIL 2018

Since I have less and less energy, I was grateful that Father Alexey served the Divine Liturgy this morning.  During the day I spent time correcting the books to be used for tonight’s service and really had no time to rest, so when the evening service began I felt weaker than usual, and finally had […]

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WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2018

With each passing day we come closer to the Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha.  Tonight’s Healing Service brought many out to hear prayers and readings in various languages.  Father Alexey and Father Moses served together with me, while the readers were encouraged to do more than they usually do.  It was also pleasant to see […]

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TUESDAY 3 APRIL 2018

I was grateful to Thomas for driving me to the hospital to visit Vladika Lazar.  Usually I use a walker to navigate the long corridors and halls, but his time Thomas got me one of the hospital wheelchairs and pushed me all the way to Vladika’s room.  I must admit that it was enjoyable scurrying […]

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SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2018

On this first day of the month of April we celebrated the feast of the Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, often simply called Palm Sunday.   The palms, brought by Gerry a couple of days ago,  were blessed during Matins and so many people attended the service that we soon ran out of palms.  The […]

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SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018

It took a bit of thinking about which tables stood where in the hall, but I think that they eventually were returned to their proper positions.  The carpet in the hall looks so fresh, while the one in the new church actually beams with new life.  The two Natashas together with Georgy and Kyrill rushed […]

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THURSDAY 29 MARCH 2018

A work party has toiled this day.  The pantry was emptied, washed and cleaned, then the cans, jars, etc were returned while whatever was past the due date was set aside.  Some things had been sitting there for about four years.  Carpet cleaners came to clean our carpets, some of which needed more attention than […]

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WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2018

This evening I heard, for the first time, the pleasant croaking of frogs in the distance and I suddenly realized how much I missed their vocal serenading.  At the Presanctified Liturgy Altita came with her two youngest sons, one of whom, Augustus [Paul], had just returned from Scotland where he and his older brother Nicholas […]

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TUESDAY 27 MARCH 2018

Many bushes, among them the camellias, have budded forth informing us that spring is definitely here, even if we think otherwise at times.  We served a memorial service at the request of a woman living here for the repose of her mother who suddenly died in Russia. Later in the afternoon I visited Vladika Lazar  […]

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SUNDAY 25 MARCH 2018

Dima Gusev baked a number of loaves of pure rye bread that were used as a fund raising event.  They were quickly snapped up because he bakes an exquisite rye bread that cannot be done better by anyone.  The talent must run in the family because his father, Yuri, bakes a different type of bread, […]

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FRIDAY 23 MARCH 2018

I visited Vladika Lazar who finally has been moved from Emergency to the ward where he should be, although the wait was quite long.  The room is semiprivate giving him a beautiful view of nearby nature.  The procedure that was intended for him has begun and we pray that it will hasten the healing of […]

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WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018

This has been a warm day that offered me the opportunity to prune a couple of hydrangea bushes that, if done correctly, will bloom through the summer and into late autumn.  We had many people present for the Presanctified Liturgy, many of whom stayed for a modest lenten meal that followed.  It felt good to […]

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MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018

Today passed by very quietly with almost nothing of significance to mention.  Yuri began baking his famous bread but someone turned off the oven and, consequently, the bread was a failure.  In future he will have to post a sign informing anyone who walks into the kitchen that there is bread baking in the oven. […]

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SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018

I came to church late this morning as there were a number of things that had to be done first.  As Father Alexey was serving, I could not see the congregation behind me while I was sitting next to the stand where confessions are heard.  At Communion time I went into the altar and, when […]

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FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2018

It has been another bright and sunny day with our spirits held high by this lovely temperature.  There were almost as many people present for the Liturgy today as there were on Wednesday with some bringing [healthy and nutritious] treats for Vladika.  I have been driving him to the local Care Clinic daily where he […]

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WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018

After several disappointments we at last got  to see Vladika Lazar back at the monastery where he is reclining in his special chair at this very moment while I compose today’s diary entry.  This chair  can be used in various positions, and one can even sleep on it.  We had a thoroughly good Liturgy tonight […]

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MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018

Thomas and I had a nice drive in the sunshine to visit Vladika Lazar.  In fact it became so warm that we opened the windows to allow the fresh and fragrant air into the vehicle.  Although Vladika Irinee’s plane had arrived from Whitehorse in the Yukon, the Deacon’s plane was delayed until ten thirty, so […]

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FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2018

Yesterday’s rain turned to bright sunshine this morning with a clear sky and the occasional fluffy cloud drifting by.  It finally felt like spring even though there was constant noise nearby with Andy and his friends sawing branches and working near the barn.  That entire area looks terrible, as many of the broken branches were […]

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WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2018

We were upset that Vladika Lazar was transferred to the Royal Columbian Hospital this morning, yet pleased that they would give him the care that he needs.  The problem stems from being released too early and perhaps now he can heal properly.  Quite a few people came for the Presanctified Liturgy tonight and the singing […]

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MONDAY 5 MARCH 2018

For more than half a day we waited to be told of Vladika’s release from the hospital. There are so many people to thank for their constant visits during which they brought him nourishing food, gave him massages and helped him to walk with the assistance of a walker. We finally brought him back in […]

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SUNDAY 4 MARCH 2018

The characteristic and pleasant scent of burning wood greeted my nostrils this morning as I stepped outside, and I knew that Misha has already arrived and started a fire in the hall. It takes a couple of hours to heat the entire hall, but once heated, it remains warm for a long time.  The voices […]

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FRIDAY 2 MARCH 2018

Tonight’s Liturgy was touching with very good singing, although I had difficulty in walking without a cane, yet Doru came up to the solea to help me keep my balance.  It is a great pity that many people have never attended a single Presanctified Liturgy, while others claim that it is their favourite one.  It […]

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THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2018

I was reminded that in three weeks winter will officially be over and spring will step in.  Aside from the terrible ice storm we experienced last month, I wonder where winter went and how quickly is passed by.  Thomas drove me to the eye specialist for my yearly examination [all is well], then we went […]

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TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2018

Thomas drove me to the hospital to visit Vladika Lazar in New Westminster and, during the visit, his specialist walked in, an Orthodox woman from Cyprus.  I was under the impression that she was satisfied with Vladika’s progress and she was concerned about preparing him for his eventual return home.  Our little guardian angel, Stavroula, […]

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