Archive for April, 2015

Lessons From A Monastery: Thanksgiving

Lessons From A Monastery: Thanksgiving

“Anyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.” -Fr. Alexander Schmemann For my birthday, my family gave me a journal. I decided I would use this journal as my “attitude of gratitude” journal. I had a gratitude journal app on my tablet but haven’t been able to use it because the charger for my tablet broke. So […]

Prosfora Bakers: Holy Fathers Spyridon and Nicodemus

Prosfora and Playdough

I needed to bake prosfora (communion bread) today because the monks will have Divine Liturgy tomorrow. I will usually bake enough prosfora for a week at a time, sometimes I will bake enough for two weeks. Most Saturday nights I am in the kitchen baking prosfora. The temptation to bake a huge batch for the month so I don’t worry […]

Beauty and Tradition in the “Church of the Poor” from Abbot Nicholas and Ben Mann

Beauty and Tradition in the “Church of the Poor” from Abbot Nicholas and Ben Mann

Abbot Nicholas and Ben Mann from Holy Resurrection Monastery have written a very good essay about poverty, beauty, and tradition. We highly recommend it. Beauty and Tradition in the “Church of the Poor” April 27, 2015 It would be a mistake to identify Pope Francis with a stripped-down, secularized style of worship – and a still-greater mistake, to see Christian […]

by · April 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Catechesis, monks, Traditions
Lessons ­­­­­­­­From A Monastery: Poverty

Lessons ­­­­­­­­From A Monastery: Poverty

“Come, let us bless Joseph of eternal memory, * Who came to Pilate by night, * Who begged for the life of all * ‘Give me this stranger, who has no place to lay his head!’” (Sticheron from Jerusalem Matins) A borrowed tomb is where the Savior of all was laid to rest. This stranger among men was born in […]

Hierodeacon Moses and our son Diego on Pascha night.

Pascha in Pictures!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!   It is Bright Tuesday and everyone is still very tired from Holy Week and Pascha! We are enjoying relaxing and eating yummy foods and visiting with friends who are visiting the monastery. We are joyful but very tired over here! We took a lot of photos of the Holy Week and Pascha […]

by · April 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Liturgical Year, monks
Lessons From A Monastery: Joy!

Lessons From A Monastery: Joy!

“O women, be the heralds of good news and tell what you saw; tell of the vision and say to Sion: ‘Accept the good news of joy from us, the news that Christ has risen.’ Exult and celebrate and rejoice, O Jerusalem, seeing Christ the King coming from the tomb like a bridegroom.”    -Matins of the Resurrection I remember in […]

Bright Week with Our Family!

Bright Week with Our Family!

I mentioned in the previous post about Holy Week and Pascha that we are not on the Gregorian calendar but on the revised Julian calendar for Pascha (Easter). So today is Holy Tuesday for us and we are going to have a busy week and look forward to Pascha night. I said I would put together a post sharing what […]

Holy Week and Pascha with Our Family

Holy Week and Pascha with Our Family

The monastery is not on the Gregorian calendar but on the revised Julian calendar for Pascha (Easter) so it isn’t Holy Week for us until next week. This left me wondering what I should post about Holy Week, Pascha, and Bright Week exactly because of the different calendars (oh how I pray the day comes soon when we Christians celebrate […]

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