After Saturday night’s visit to the hospital, I felt somewhat weak this morning and I decided to go yo Matins later than usual, knowing that Father Alexey would be there for the beginning of the service. By way of interest, the Matins/Liturgy service lasts for four hours, although the readers are suggesting that we add another hour to Matins so that the entire service would last for five hours. There was a terrible storm in Vancouver and the surrounding area, but we were missed almost entirely, and I think that a few people did not venture out for fear of the storm. As it was, about 70,000 people were left without power. At the end of the Liturgy, we had a Cross Procession to the water, where a number of people descended the ladder and plunged into the cold water.

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