Daily Diary, 28 MAY, 2020

Today is the feastday of the Ascension so we are no longer greeting one another with the Paschal greeting. We did celebrate the Liturgy for the feast this morning and it went well with Archbishop Lazar and Fr Shio serving, Fr Moses chanting and Vanya serving in the altar. Following the service, we did have […]

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Daily Diary, 23 May, 2020

We are back to creating another diary entry. Today has been mostly overcast, though surprisingly warm. Once again, this allowed for capturing some unseen and beautiful areas of the monastery grounds. Over the passed few weeks, a number of people have been busy in the removing of weeds and planting of plants and today the […]

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Daily Diary, 17 May, 2020

This Sunday felt more like what might be called a “normal” Sunday as  result of serving a Divine Liturgy in the big church. Archbishop Lazar and Father Shio served and the chanters were Sorin and Georgeta and Fr Moses. A group of Georgians attended the Liturgy and it went smoothly and efficiently. Following the Liturgy, […]

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Daily Diary, 15 May, 2020

Today was a perfect day for photography. People often don’t realize what a difference the various intensities of sunlight can make when one is photographing out of doors. Through experimenting with my little camera, it has become clear that the same view might be photographed under a variety of lighting and appear different and equally […]

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Daily Diary, 13 May, 2020

Another peaceful but physically overcast, super cloudy day. One good aspect of this is that the temperature was much more in my comfort range.The day began with the reading of the memorial prayers (pannikhida) and the lists of names that have been passed along at various times, including the several “40 days” requests. This was […]

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Daily Diary, 10 May, 2020

Today was a full and productive day. It began with the serving of the Obednitsa in the big church of the monastery. Since we now have the Pentecostarion in English, as well as the Complete Menaion series, also in English, it was possible to read the appropriate changeable parts of the service, which today was […]

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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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