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This past Thursday, May 3, I had the blessing of visiting two beautiful monasteries in the Volos area with the sisters – our chanting instructors – from a monastery here in Thessaloniki and my Byzantine chant classmates. I’m in my second year of a three-year course in Byzantine chant thanks to the great love and […]

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“I Will Make You a Gerontissa” A Conversation with Gerontissa Theophano—abbess of the first monastery founded by Elder Ephraim of Arizona in America Olga Rozhneva, Gerontissa Theophano (SourceSource) The first monastery built by Elder Ephraim in America was the women’s monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Saxonburg, PA. Elder Ephraim founded […]

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Christ is Risen! Below is the transcript of a talk I gave for Holy Trinity Monastery fundraiser at the Four Seasons restaurant in London, ON, November 10, 2013. Gerontissa Macrina reposed on May 22 (Old Style) 1994. You may notice that some stories are not written in full below. That is because at certain points […]

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Below is an amateur translation I did. It’s an excerpt from Λόγια Καρδίας (pp. 246-250), a collection of homilies by Abbess Makrina of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Odigitria in Volos, Greece. It is a beautiful story that tells of the great rewards God has prepared for those who practice patience when confronted with great […]

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My own preliminary comment: Below is a very beautiful article posted on Pravoslavie, compiled and translated with love, I’m sure. May God forgive their sins for the hard work and spiritual care that went into presenting this information. I encourage you all to take the time to read this. It’s very touching and inspiring. May […]

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(Originally posted in 2013) Below is a translation I have done – through Gerontissa Macrina’s prayers – concerning the great rewards God has prepared for those who practice patience when confronted with great trials and temptations, and the spiritual exhalation the soul experiences (in this life or in the next) when we abstain from passing […]

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A Few Good Books

Books I’ve read (or finished) thus far in 2014. My Elder: Joseph the Hesychast by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou: I don’t think my feeble words will do justice to this great book and I know they won’t do justice to the person of Elder Joseph. I read this book (over 700 pages) in just one […]

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(The “mainland” is what Newfoundlanders call the rest of Canada.) I spent a wonderful week up in Ontario with some old friends and many new ones! It was a busy but very blessed week filled with speaking engagements, church services and loads of good conversations in between. Unfortunately, I was a little too busy to […]

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Below is a translation I have done – through Gerontissa Macrina’s prayers – concerning the great rewards God has prepared for those who practice patience when confronted with great trials and temptations, and the spiritual exhalation the soul experiences (in this life or in the next) when we abstain from passing judgement, even on those […]

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Christ is risen! On May 22 (the feast of the Righteous Melchisedek), 1995, Gerontissa Macrina fell asleep in the Lord. May we have her blessing!

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