Today is Panagia Parigoritissa Monastery’s feast day (the Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consoler). It is located in Brownsburg, Quebec. My family and I love to visit when we are able to and have been making pilgrimages there for six years. The sisters do all sorts of interesting work to help sustain the monastery. Their boutique is one of the nicest I’ve seen. They sell monastery-made cheeses and ice creams there too!
The Monastery celebrates its annual two day feast on the 22nd and 23rd of August, honouring the leave-taking of the Dormition of the Theotokos. It is then that the temple of worship, the chapel and the whole precinct, are inundated with pilgrims who gather, full of reverence, to render honour to our eminent and Most Holy Mother. All throughout the August fast, when services of Supplication to the Theotokos are sung daily, groups of pilgrims draw near the monastery to seek her protection for their families. They lay down their burdens, their daily afflictions and cares at her icon. They find succor in the tones of monastic chant, and serenity in the flickering flames of the vigil and candles adorning the chapel. They experience the joy of monastic hospitality, and strolling about the monastery’s enclosure, enter into communion with nature and its Creator.
Here’s a beautiful video displaying some wonderful images of the monastery’s feast day, and featuring their chanting. Enjoy!
By the way, I’m back from my lovely pilgrimage to a monastery. It was very special and I’ll write a bit about it in the near future, God willing.