Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

MONDAY 01 JULY 2019

This is the first day of July and also Canada’s national holiday which is called Canada Day.  In my youth it was known as Dominion Day and that name has always remained with me.  We used to sing God Save The King [later it was the Queen] before classes commenced in the morning and even […]

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Daily Diary, 25 July, 2020

Another warm and sunny day with hordes of mosquitoes! The day began with reading the prayers for the reposed in the morning, then taking my medication and preparing for the day. Liudmila and Dima are visiting and were busy clearing away Morning Glories around the property. Liudmila made lunch but my phone wasn’t working and […]

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Daily Diary, 12 July, 2020

Today is the joyous feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. We celebrated the day by beginning on Saturday with the feastday Vesper service and then continued on Sunday morning with Matins and the Liturgy. Someone has carefully and thoughtfully posted signs on the church doors, detailing the social distancing requirements and asking people to […]

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Daily Diary, 8 July, 2020

This was another fairly relaxed, though warm day. As before, there were hordes of mosquitoes that made any journey outdoors most uncomfortable. As a result, I was once again indoors, doing a bit of research on the computer, working on an icon and also still trying to master use of the little sewing machine. After […]

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Daily Diary, 6 July, 2020

Today was a lovely day from the perspective of the weather: not too hot, a bit sunny but, as was true for yesterday, there were mosquitoes in abundance. I walked into the field to take some photographs and the tall grass was swarming with them. Then I went to photograph near Archbishop Lazar’s little house […]

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Daily Diary, 20 June, 2020

Another relaxed Saturday, well, relatively relaxed. Since today is Saturday, the first order of business is the reading of the memorial service which includes the reading of, literally, hundreds of names. This was followed by a call to come over to the kitchen where a small group of people had gathered and made a delicious […]

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Daily Diary, 14 June, 2020

We began this day, the “Sunday of All Saints” with a Liturgy which was posted on Zoom. With the eased restrictions on social distancing (though restrictions are still being enacted) we had a small congregation which attended the service while managing to retain proper distancing throughout the service. It was wonderful to have actual people […]

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Daily Diary, 7 June, 2020

Today is the feast day of Pentecost. We began with the reading before the Liturgy and then began the service in the big church. Archbishop Lazar and Father Shio served and Father Moses was the chanter. Natasha attended the service and assisted Fr Moses in the chanting, which went quite well. Following the completed Pentecost […]

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Daily Diary, 6 June, 2020

Today is Trinity Saturday so a special day leading up to Pentecost. It was quite hot here at the monastery so, once again, I stayed indoors most of the day, working on the curtains, reading the prayers for the reposed, and continuing the search for frames in which to exhibit icon prints. This evening Vespers […]

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