Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

MONDAY 29 JULY 2019

I regret that I have little to write today. It has been a hot day and all of us here are still recovering from the activity over the weekend so that nothing unusual was done, although Mother Evstratia, the nun visiting from Romania, came early and began weeding, among other things.  It was somewhat amusing […]

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SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019

Today we celebrated our annual feast, The Theotokos Joy of Canada, under perfect weather, beginning with a cool morning and ending with a sunny but cool afternoon, which was ideal for the celebration.  We had a large gathering of worshippers which included the Georgian congregation.  I especially enjoyed the Cross Procession where I rode on […]

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SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019

A heavy downpour at night was loud enough to wake up the entire countryside, but we did need it.  Volunteers came throughout the day to work on different projects.  We had the nicest visit possible with Father James and Presvytera Irene who drove up from California to visit us. It was even possible to squeeze […]

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FRIDAY 26 JULY 2019

  We have several areas where the grass must be cut: the upper and loser lawns, the western lawn, and the area around the memorial in the field.  Davey was busy today mowing in all of these areas in preparation for this weekend.  Lija phone today to inform us that everything is under control as […]

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TUESDAY 23 JULY 2019

Several volunteers came to help us prepare for this Sunday’s feast the “Theotokos, Joy Of Canada” in addition to upkeeping the monastery grounds.  They also picked blueberries, informing us that they are so huge and sweet that the slightest touch causes them to fall to the ground.  At the same time a group of challenged […]

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MONDAY 22 JULY 2019

Farher Moses accompanied me to Abbotsford as I had an appointment with the specialist who informed me that things are improving and, at the same time, somewhat deteriorating, if that makes sense.  He did assure me that I should be around for some time yet, which was comforting.  Before leaving the city, we briefly stopped […]

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SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019

Some time ago, Naiana asked for a blessing to look after the gatehouse chapel and also the outdoor chapel under the high stairs. Since then she has faithfully tended these special places, and today she was there with “broom and bucket”. Kirill took care of the laundry and several other tasks while Andy and Vladika […]

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FRIDAY 19 JULY 2019

This morning I was at the Cancer Clinic’s pharmacy to pick up some medicine and I was amazed to see a most beautiful white poodle sitting behind the reception desk.  Apparently  it belongs to the hospital and it visits people who would like comfort  from a receptive animal.  I just stood in amazement and admiration […]

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FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019

We celebrated the feast of Saints Peter and Paul today, a feast that ends the Apostles’ Fast and brings us fully into the summer season.  We had a small number of people in attendance for the service but good enough considering that it was a working day.  Father Moses and I sang at the kliros, […]

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THURSDAY 11 JULY 2019

I baked two prosphoras, one for tomorrow’s Liturgy, and the second one for Sunday.  They both came out well without any cracks in the crust, so the baker’s advice of lowering the temperature was wise.  The Thursday Narcotics Anonymous meeting must have been successful with almost thirty people in attendance.  I was not present although […]

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