Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

Monday, April 29, 2019

Misha, Natasha and Elena arrived early in the morning to prepare food for Archbishop Irenee’s visit.  The sounds of chopping, cutting, and stirring resounded in the kitchen as each one prepared separate dishes.  In addition, much more food was sent by others.   The visitors were a couple of hours late in arriving, with me fretting […]

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Before Father Vasili could retire for the night last night, a bat suddenly appeared  and, no matter how hard he and Father Moses tried to catch it, the bat evaded them.  Mind you, they are excellent mosquito catchers.  As well, Father Vasili’s lost baggage was delivered this morning to his great relief.  The service tonight […]

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

It was satisfying to see so many people in church for the Healing Service tonight at which Vladika Lazar officiated, assisted by me, Father Moses and Father Alexey. Lija and Gintas hurried back from Toronto to be present for this service and the rest of Holy Week.  Concerning our “worldly affairs”, Natasha announced that our […]

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

We celebrated the feast of the Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem with the church full of people.  Unfortunately, Vladika Lazar was not able to attend as he was exhausted and he wanted to conserve his energy for the services this Holy Week.  Palms and pussy willow branches were brought yesterday and even some today […]

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Some volunteers arrived early in the morning and immediately began working, while others came throughout the day.  Windows were cleaned, floors washed, carpets steam cleaned and much, much more.  We would like to thank all of them for  giving up some of their free time and coming to help us here at the monastery, free […]

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

After mentioning yesterday’s soup, Anya and some others asked for a recipe.  Actually, there is no such recipe. The basic ingredients consisted of: potatoes, onion, garlic, carrot, and chopped stinging nettles and dandelion leaves added near the end [to keep them from getting too soft and mushy]. I added lovage [liubistok or leustean] and a […]

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

I am writing Thursday’s entry on Friday morning and I shall explain what happened yesterday.  The day felt quite normal until, suddenly, our constant problem occurred.  We had a power failure.  On the way back from town where Vladika had his therapy, we noticed a car lying deep in a ditch.  It apparently had veered […]

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Perhaps yesterday was a day too full of afternoon activities, conversations and other stimulating events, because I found it difficult to fall asleep.  Somewhere around three o’clock in the morning I finally fell asleep, only to hear the alarm clock ringing at six.  We hurried to take Ksenia to catch the last train to Vancouver, […]

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Today’s feast of the Annunciation was celebrated with joy.  It felt like “old times” with Vladika Lazar serving with Priest Alexey and Deacon Markel, while I sat on my walker next to the confession stand where people once again could come up for confession, the last couple of weeks having been difficult for me.  It […]

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Monica arrived with a trunk full of shrubs and flowers to be transplanted, and later Natasha came with Xenia, the student studying in Berlin, whereupon they spent hours digging and transplanting, then raking and tidying up the yard.  Since they had to leave early, we were glad to see Irina come who carried on their […]

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

I am taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of the Presanctified Liturgies that are served on Wednesdays and Fridays.  If it is difficult to attend on a Wednesday, try to come on a Friday, as there are only five such liturgies left and we will not have them again until Great Lent comes […]

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The weather forecast is for intermediate rain for several days, beginning tomorrow.  I suppose that it will give enough moisture to the soil for us to see the countryside  alive with the joy of spring.  Virgil came for prayers for travel and a blessing before flying to Romania for some time.  Neither he nor his […]

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MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019

Suddenly there is colour everywhere. The camellia bushes are sporting their gorgeous blooms , while the decorative quince is even bolder with its mass of colour.  Each day brings a new joy.  Grandmother Svetlana phoned from Volgograd just a few minutes ago and she sends her love to everyone here. We miss her terribly.  I […]

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

This has been another day in my walk [with crutches] toward complete healing.   We had unexpected and joyous news which will be revealed in a few days concerning our monastery and its future.  Thanks be unto Thee O Lord, the Friend and Benefactor of all humanity.  Since I am mainly housebound, any suggestion to get […]

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Do I need to say more about spring’s arrival?  Not really, yet how enthralling it was to see the first azalea covered in its glorious mantle.  Other bushes are beginning to show their beauty, while flowers keep popping up everywhere.  Our cottage was treated to a proper cleaning today when Elena came, ready to clean, […]

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Friday, March 22, 2019

I am back as the writer of the Daily Diary.  I missed three days, as I was in hospital having a hip replacement which, at least according to the surgeon, was most successful.  The staff was particularly kind and helpful, as was the surgeon himself.  Davey brought me back to the monastery this afternoon where […]

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Vladyka Lazar: Vladika Varlaam had a successful hip replacement surgery at the UBC Hospital today, and will likely be home tomorrow or Saturday. Thank God for the Canadian health care system. Today, for the first time since my series of four strokes and a major cancer surgery, I drove into the nearby city of Mission. […]

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A very tiring day it has been, having driven to Vancouver for two preadmission sessions and back again to the monastery.  I cannot imagine how commuters do this every single day and how they can keep themselves from falling into hopelessness.  It is no wonder then, that city people come here and admire the peacefulness […]

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The temperature was at least 20 degrees [C] today [about 70 degrees F], allowing us to feel the spirit of spring amidst us.  The service, about four and a half hours from beginning to end, was inspiring and passed so quickly that time had no meaning whatsoever.  Father Shio and his congregation joined us in […]

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Some university professors paid Vladika Lazar a visit early this morning and also took some of the books we had published.  It was good to see them again, as Vladika always enjoys an intellectual or theological discussion.  We had a baptism this morning followed by a lenten reception with many interesting people, including the baby’s […]

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Friday, March 8, 2019

As I had probably mentioned before, the Mission Community Services sends a woman each Friday to clean the cottage.  The previous woman used to spend about thirty five minutes and then leave, while our new one spends a full two hours, which is what they are allotted.  She is excellent, and the floor, the counters […]

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