Daily Diary, 9 May, 2020

This day has proved to be what is often crudely termed, “a scorcher”. After all the cold and wet weather, it was rather a shock to have this weather to deal with. Thankfully, inside the buildings at the monastery, it is still relatively cool so bearable. I wasn’t going to go outside with the heat […]

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Daily Diary, 7 May, 2020

Today I am writing in the diary about what a productive day today has proved to be. First of all, I finally completed two icons that have been worked on for several months; they are based on some very old icons from Carpatho-Rus. These were chosen because they are both basic and carefully follow the […]

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Daily Diary, 6 May, 2020

Another interesting day. As before, I began the day by reading the Panikhida for all the 40 day commemorations of the reposed. Then it was time to go next door to the kitchen for another adventure in attempting to cook. What to make? Since we had several kinds of fruits (oranges, grapefruits, bananas, cranberry jelled […]

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Daily Diary, 3 May, 2020

Today was certainly a day full of activity. The morning began with the reading of the Obednitsa which included the tropars and hymns of the feast for the Myrrhbearing women. The was followed by a simple lunch which included much to my joy, a sandwich. Why was that such a big deal, you are asking. […]

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Daily Diary, 2 May, 2020

Another busy day. The first order of business was to go back onto the computer in order to check for some new recipes. There is an interesting site in which the person controlling the content has created recipes that require only 3 ingredients, are easy for beginners, and are nutritious. I have bookmarked this site! […]

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Daily Diary, 1 May, 2020

Once again the day has proved to be a combination of warm and sunny, then changing to overcast and rather gloomy. Although the monastery still continues to practice social distancing, that doesn’t mean that we are inactive. An excellent example of that fact is the activity of today which began with a memorial for a […]

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Daily Diary, April 28, 2020

Another exceptional day has nearly passed. Much was accomplished in the way of “spiritual food” for the soul. This was accomplished by today serving the memorial (Panikhida) of Vladika Varlaam) at the cemetery in Surrey. Andy and I went in one car and Archbishop Lazar in another since he had to go somewhere after the […]

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Daily Diary, 25 April, 2020

Today was an interesting and restful day. Once again I ventured out onto the monastery grounds with my trusty little camera and found some beautiful and interesting views. It continually amazes me to find so many attractive combinations of plants, many which are thought of as weeds. Along with these plants there are often various […]

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Daily Diary, 13 April, 2020

It is rather late in the day so this diary entry shall be short. The majority of the day was spent reading instructions on the computer screen, regarding the Kenmore Sewing Machine. The instruction manual is amazingly detailed and complete. After reading these instructions, it should be possible to completely disassemble the machine and put […]

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Daily Diary, 3 April, 2020

Snow had been predicted for the Mission area, which would have included the monastery. We can be thankful that the prediction failed and even though it was overcast and cold at the monastery, there was no snow. In spite of the bitingly cold weather, there are a number of beautifully flowering plants on the monastery […]

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LIFE IS LITURGY

LIFE IS LITURGY. In these difficult days, we all deeply miss coming together for the Divine Liturgy. We find ourselves longing for Holy Communion, and the sweet fellowship of our brothers and sisters. Being sequestered here in the monastery, I can feel the absence of all our congregation which gathers here on Sundays and for […]

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March 18, 2020

When we announce that there would be no public liturgies at the monastery until further notice, we had one or 2 negative comments – though not from anyone in our congregation. As difficult as it is to cancel public liturgies, we must consider that this matter is not just about us, but about the broader […]

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March 14, 2020

For the present time, the pre-sanctified liturgies are cancelled at the monastery, and there will be no agape meals after the liturgy. The 40 day service for Vladika Varlaam will be private, and we will serve again at a later date for everyone to attend. We suggest that those who wish to, visit the cemetery […]

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