Why Should One Come to the Monastery, If Not to Become a Saint? (Part One)
A fragment of the Sisterhood Meeting on February 1, 2015
Novice Xenia Kozlova: Speaking of what brought me here, I think it was the beauty that I saw. In fact, I used to read many lives of the saints when I was a child, and it was such an inspiration for me to read about the saints who lived in monasteries or in a desert or in the woods. How they worked hard to become holy. It was so beautiful, you know: they lived, struggled, and became saints...
Monastic Tonsure: the Miracle of Transfiguration
Nun Helena (Strashnova)
We have witnessed the miracle of transformation of the human nature again. Three souls have experienced the real mystery when their inner selves were totally renewed and felt the moments of eternity. This experience cannot be described with words. New names, new feelings, and new attitudes. One gets the chance to be born again. Now all they have to do is to keep this grace and carry the vessel of God's trust carefully throughout their lives.
In Defence of the Woman
She painfully wants to appear strong. She is afraid of showing her true self to others and admitting that she is in fact vulnerable. Will they take advantage of her? Will they be able to understand? Will they betray her? It hurts to be a woman… Ivan Ilyin, a notable Russian philosopher, said that woman is flower, a child, an Angel, a doctor - that was how he defined the functions of a woman’s soul. It breaks my heart when I see how the modern media culture distorts the image of the woman.
Christmas in Our School
Children's voices were heard ceaselessly on the territory of St Elisabeth Convent on January 7-8. Little Christians gathered here on these bright and happy days in order to celebrate Christmas. The pupils of the Sunday school were the first to honour this feast. When the children left the church after the Divine Liturgy, they were met by a real Father Christmas who stood near a huge and lavishly decorated Christmas tree! The weather was as cold as it should be in winter...
Ella Orthodox Clothes Shop: The Art of Being an Orthodox Woman
Is it possible to combine strictness and decency, practicability and originality, fashion trends, elegance and quality in the outfit of Orthodox women who attend church? Those who know the garments made in the sewing workshops of St Elisabeth Convent are aware of the fact that this is totally possible. Buying anything from Ella Orthodox Clothes Shop, you will always look great, original, and becoming.
Rescued From The Death Row
On January 2, 2015, forty days had passed since the repose of Oleg Krivenkov, our brother from the rehabilitation centre in v. Lysaja Hara. We thought you might be interested in reading this firsthand account of his life and his journey to God.
An Icon of Saint Spyridon
Nun Helena (Strashnova)
An icon of St Spyridon of Trimythous painted by the Rev Sergius Nezhbort in our icon painting studio was consecrated on December 25, 2014 in the Church in honour of the Reigning icon of the Mother of God. Later on that day, a moleben with an akathist to St Spyridon was served. Today we in our Convent also have the image of this great holy man of God, whom people ask for intercession in various life situations.
A Pets' Corner in Our School
The Rev Rodion Alkhovik gathered the nursery school children and the first-year pupils for a class in order to tell them how the Lord had created this world, dwelling on the examples of the inhabitants of the pets' corner… Here the children are sitting, with birds in cages, the fishbowl, and the quick gerbil in front of them… Meanwhile, the priest is asking tough questions, “Does anyone of you remember what day God created the fish on? What about the animals?”
Non-Ferrous Metals Workshop
Non-ferrous metal is not a new music style, although the brothers who work in the non-ferrous metals workshop always laugh at this joke. However, with a little effort, one can hear a melody of some kind in the sounds that fill this workshop… The items that come as a result of the scrupulous work are nothing but solidified music of gold, silver, and precious stones…
December 7: St Catherine's Day
An interview with Novices Yekaterina Sergeyeva, Yekaterina Davydovskaya, and Yekaterina Alexeyeva.
Novice Yekaterina Davydovskaya: At a certain point, you realise that there is a blessing from above for you to take this way. The Lord carried me to the Convent in His arms, and Father Andrew simply and easily said, “Come to the Convent with your belongings tonight.” Jesus himself made this decision, and I just submitted myself to His will, and I have been grateful to Him for choosing the very best path for me ever since.
Feelings, Part Three
Fragment of the Meeting of the Sisterhood on December 1, 2013
Archpriest Andrew Lemeshonok: Each person passes through various times and emotional states in the course of her life. I would like to speak in defence of feelings: Although, naturally, I agree with the quotation “You should not trust yourself until you die,” we have to live anyway. If someone has got rid of all feelings, this does not make her spiritually advanced. Saint John of Kronstadt was an emotional man but all his emotions were directed towards pleasing God.
The Opportunity to Attend Liturgies in the Boarding Home Is the Reason to Go on With My Life
An interview with Nun Anastasia (Lashuk) on the day of St Nectarios of Aegina
Nun Anastasia (Lashuk): It must be possible to live like St Nectarios even today. There are people among us who undertake similar things. The Church is alive, and God acts within the people even up to now! You cannot do anything on your own but God can do everything. For instance, we can begin with little things: not refuse to help when asked...
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