Vladika Varlaam’s Daily Diary

SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2018

We celebrated the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ today with the blessing of the first fruits of the season at the end of the service. The baskets of fruit filled the table and overflowed onto the floor, giving us a marvelous picture of the Lord’s generosity. The large number of worshippers […]

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FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018

This morning I went for my first appointment to my specialist’s new location, a modern, scarcely completed building where everything looked and smelled fresh. The doctor is of Czech origin and is highly regarded. By early evening it had become cooler and we have been promised some rain in the next two days, but weather […]

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SUNDAY 29 JULY 2018

Even though the temperature was about 35 degrees [about 100 degrees Fahrenheit] Today’s celebration of the feast of the Joy of Canada went splendidly. With two air conditioners and several fans, we managed to endure the heat. After the blessing of the old icon of Christ the Saviour, the Cross Procession began but, by that […]

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FRIDAY 27 JULY 2018

There was no desire to venture out today, nor any need to do so. Part of the afternoon was spent outdoors, seated in the shade of our giant cedar trees, eating and conversing while a slight breeze helped to keep us cool. I think that our American visitors are coping better than us with this […]

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TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018

It has been even hotter today [not that I am complaining!!] and Vladika Lazar bought three more fans when Thomas took him for therapy this afternoon. If that does not cool us, nothing will. Even the water in the stream at the top of the monastery property is looking a little sparse. I doubt if […]

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SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018

It was another hot day, but nothing would hinder us in our Sunday Liturgy. It was the first liturgical service for the newly ordained Deacon Markel and, I must say, he served splendidly and he is such a benefit to the monastery. Soon after the Agape meal, we baptized little Luka, the fourth member of […]

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FRIDAY 20 JULY 2018

Aside from the Home Care women who come morning and evening to help Vladika Lazar, a Home Care Cleaning woman arrived this morning, ready to clean the cottage by vacuuming the carpets and washing the kitchen and bathroom floors, and dusting everywhere. This was welcome help, as we cannot always rely on volunteers to help […]

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WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2018

We gladly welcomed today’s cooler temperature, for we could avoid the previous unbearable heat. People arrived before noon, on this the occasion of my birthday, and began to prepare lunch. Soon, we were seated at a long table in the hall, eating and appreciating each other’s company. All afternoon people kept coming and going, and […]

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TUESDAY 17 JULY 2018

The heat has become almost oppressive, so we have spent much of the day indoors, cooling off with the aid of the air conditioner. Some people are against air conditioners, thinking that they are harmful to one’s health. That might be so, but without one I would have been much like a hard boiled egg. […]

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SUNDAY 15 JULY 2018

It has been a memorable day. Archbishop Iriney arrived early in the morning to begin the Matins service. Neither Vladika Lazar nor I served, since Vladika Iriney had Father Phillip Erickson and Father Evgeny Prokhin, as well as Deacon Paul Bartlett serving with him. Reader Markel Tihon was ordained first as subdeacon, and later in […]

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FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018

Although today is Friday the thirteenth, no one must be superstitious about this. The fear of this date is called triskaidekophobia which is derived from the Greek thirteen and fear. In many countries, high rise buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, and after the twelfth floor, the next one is fourteenth. We welcomed Vladika […]

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TUESDAY 10 JULY 2018

Today was rather a difficult day in that the family of the young man, Alexey Lyakh, who recently drowned with two friends at Shannon Falls, north of Vancouver, came to talk about the funeral. As an only child, his parents are heart broken as one can readily understand. Sometimes there is little that one can […]

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MONDAY 9 JULY 2018

This has not been an outstanding day, with little happening and perhaps it is just as well, since each day cannot be full of adventures and spectacular events. While Thomas and I were standing outside, we could hear a car driving up and, when it came around the curve, I was certain that it was […]

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SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018

Vladika Lazar served the Divine Liturgy, assisted by Father Alexey and Deacon Paul. It was good to see Vlad and Doina back from their trip to Europe in addition to having Deacon Paul from Cranbrook serving with us. After the Agape meal, some went with Vladika to his spiritual talk, while some stayed behind to […]

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