About forty students and those accompanying them arrived at eleven to spend the day here at the monastery.  They are Coptic and they try to come at least once a year,  particularly in Great Lent when they read, contemplate and discuss spiritual matters.  It is impressive to see a large body of young people so enthused about this event.  Before they left, others came for Vespers where, once again, I served while seated.  As soon as we had supper, each person went to fulfill their obligation by vacuuming, etc while others prepared the books needed for tomorrow’s Matins, a service which can be complicated at times.  I hope that I heal quickly, as there is going to be more watering of plants this year than before. 

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