Canadian monastery holding 7-day silent vigil for Gaza

New Germany, Nova Scotia, Canada, December 20, 2023

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The Hermitage of the Annunciation (Orthodox Church in America), popularly known as “Goose Chase Monastery,” has announced an upcoming 7-day silent vigil for peace in Gaza.

The monastery, located in Nova Scotia, Canada, writes:

We will be silent...

The absurdity of the volume of violence and death surrounding the war in Gaza we see unfolding in front of our eyes bewilders us, and seems to cause our own individual humanity to dissolve.

No human can remain indifferent in front of these events and still be called a human.

Most people feel paralyzed: what can one person do to make any change, to retrieve some of the humanity that the world seems to have lost in the past two months?

Most remain silent.

And so this is what we will do, too: a silent vigil.

The vigil will be held from December 26 to January 1.

For the first five days, the monastery will hold silent vigil, with the exception of the Akathist of Thanksgiving and monastic evening prayers read daily. On December 31, there will also be a guided silent walk in the monastery woods, and on January 1, the vigil will end with the Akathist of Thanksgiving, followed by refreshments for visitors.

The monastery encourages the faithful to participate by signing up for a one-hour time slot of silent vigil throughout the monastery’s week of silence. More information can be found at the monastery website.

On November 21, St. Sabbas Monastery (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) in Michigan held a fundraiser dinner to help those suffering in the Holy Land.

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