Holy Land: Former abbess and two nuns of Ascension Convent repose in the Lord

Jerusalem, March 10, 2021


Three nuns of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Ascension of the Lord Convent on the Mt. Olives in Jerusalem, including a former abbess, have reposed in the Lord in the past two weeks.

Schemanun Christina. Photo: missionrocor.ru Schemanun Christina. Photo: missionrocor.ru On February 26, Schemanun Christina (Diab) reposed peacefully in her cell after an almost decade-long battle with cancer, reports the official ROCOR site.

Mother Christina was born in 1944 in the Christian city of Zababde in Palestine and joined the convent in 1951 at the age of 7. She fulfilled a number of obediences at the monastery and always tried to attend every service, despite her severe illness. She spent her last several weeks in her cell, where she partook of the Holy Mysteries.

On March 2, Nun Rufina (Albandac) reposed in Makasat Hospital at the age of 43, having suffered from a severe case of COVID that led to a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest.

Sister Rufina. Photo: missionrocor.ru Sister Rufina. Photo: missionrocor.ru Sister Rufina was born in 1978 and joined the monastery in 1998 at the age of 20. She persisted in the monastic life despite the strong disapproval of her father. She fulfilled the obediences of cook, sacristan, and reader.

Both nuns were buried in the convent cemetery.

And on the night of Monday, March 8, former abbess Moisseia (Bubnova) reposed in a Jerusalem hospital at the age of 79, after a serious illness from complications caused by the coronavirus, reports the Russian Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.

In the last years of her life, Mother underwent heart surgery and suffered several strokes, and was confined to a wheelchair.

Mother Moisseia was born in 1943 in either Belgium or Germany. She was brought up under the influence of St. John (Maximovitch) and sang and read in the choir. In 1975, she joined the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane, where she labored in various obediences for many years.

In 1997, she became the abbess of the Ascension Convent on the Mt. of Olives, laboring in that role for 20 years until she was granted retirement in 2017.

The spiritual council of the monastery will decide on the time and place of her burial.

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Marlene Rowe3/13/2021 6:43 am
Sorry to hear of the passing of these holy women of God. I'm sure I might have crossed paths with them while living at the Orthodox School of Bethany, or while staying at Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives. Prayers for their families, communities of nuns, and their souls. Memory eternal, peaceful repose. Love in Christ, Marlene Rowe
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