The vigil over his body will be served on Friday, February 21, with his funeral being served the next day. He will be buried at Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Surrey, British Columbia, with a memorial meal to be held at the monastery afterwards.
Even for many believers, monasticism is an incomprehensible phenomenon. Why should someone suddenly consciously complicate his life: constantly praying and obeying his spiritual guide in everything. Hieromonk Athanasy (Deryugin), the dean of Sretensky Monastery, speaks about how he made his own choice.
St. Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher is one of the most beloved and highly-venerated saints of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and this year, his feast will be especially joyful for the faithful in Montenegro, as they will be joined by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and a delegation from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The monastery’s church is dedicated to the holy Archangel Michael and St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) of Neamț Monastery in Romania, as several monasteries and parishes from the Archdiocese of Iași contributed to the erection of the church.
In just a couple of days Fr. Anthimos was perfectly healthy, and the unknown monk, after bidding him farewell, became invisible. Probably he was an angel of the Lord in the visage of a monk, sent to the elder to help him in his hour of need...
The archbishop stated that the Palestinian cause has faced numerous conspiracies and attempts to override the fundamental rights of liberty, independence, and sovereignty, but its people invariably stood steadfast, and will always defend their rights.
The city’s first church dedicated to its most venerated saint was consecrated on June 6, thus it celebrated its first patronal feast day of St. Xenia this year. The church stands on the site where it is believed St. Xenia lived with her husband.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Thaddeus Bellinghausen in 1820, a hand-painted icon of Sts. Jonah and Vassa of the Pskov Caves Monastery, together with a copy of the world-famous book Everyday Saints by His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov and Porkhov, were gifted to the church.
Archimandrite John (Krestiankin), the elder of the Pskov Caves Monastery of thrice-blessed memory, was prayerfully commemorated at the monastery yesterday, February 5, on the 14th anniversary of his repose in the Lord.
Optina Monastery has always been popular among young people, but today they arrive here very often. Instead of trying to explain the trend by sociology or psychology, we preferred to pose the question right to the young generation: Why do they prefer the monastery to fashionable exhibitions and other places?