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, 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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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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