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Marigold, I know how you are feeling, the desire to be back inside the monastery and aching all the time you are out. I think that whether or not you post here depends on how much benefit you get from it, and how much you feel you are helping others by your observations. I, personally, enjoy reading about the Orthodox perspective since I have never really known anything about it. And since you are full of common sense, I enjoy reading your posts.

I do so hope that things work out for you and that you fulfill your heart's desire. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

​Thank you nunsense, I feel the same way about you and your posts here! As to benefit, I know that I signed up initially because there was nowhere like it on the internet for Orthodox monastic hopefuls, and talking to Catholics was a good substitute and a lot more fun than reading about nuns by myself in my room! I'm pretty certain I'm a terrible spokesperson for the Church and for our wonderful monastic life but enough people have messaged me to say things to the effect of that they had never spoken to an Orthodox person before, or hadn't known whether we were really even Christian let alone had nuns in habits, all the liturgical hours with the same names (Matins, Vespers etc.) that it's worth sticking around even if it's by means of sitting here eating Pringles with my hair up in a towel during Holy Week. (AHEM!) If reunion is going to happen it's going to happen from the grassroots I think :concede:

 

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Hi everyone! I just popped in to see how everyone is, and thought I'd let you know that I decided to stay at the community and am officially a novice. Unfortunately that means paperwork, so I'm out of

By your prayers, I have a paperwork interview on Christmas Eve, and 1-2 weeks after that, I should be free to go home to the monastery.

Just wanted to say thanks to you guys on VS for being such a great ongoing part of my life. I'm logging out at the end of this weekend, and going back to the monastery during the coming week, and hope

​Thank you nunsense, I feel the same way about you and your posts here! As to benefit, I know that I signed up initially because there was nowhere like it on the internet for Orthodox monastic hopefuls, and talking to Catholics was a good substitute and a lot more fun than reading about nuns by myself in my room! I'm pretty certain I'm a terrible spokesperson for the Church and for our wonderful monastic life but enough people have messaged me to say things to the effect of that they had never spoken to an Orthodox person before, or hadn't known whether we were really even Christian let alone had nuns in habits, all the liturgical hours with the same names (Matins, Vespers etc.) that it's worth sticking around even if it's by means of sitting here eating Pringles with my hair up in a towel during Holy Week. (AHEM!) If reunion is going to happen it's going to happen from the grassroots I think :concede:

 

​That's lovely. you are a good ambassador. :) 

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Today is suspended upon the tree He who suspended the land upon waters.
A crown of thorns crowns Him who is the King of the angels.
He is wrapped about with the purple of mockery, who wrapped the heavens with clouds.
He received the smitings, He who freed Adam in the Jordan.
He is transfixed with nails, who is the Son of the Virgin.
We worship Thy passion, O Christ.
Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.

 

 

 

 

 

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Some more of the sublime hymnography of Holy Week:

In a tomb they laid thee O Christ the Life

The angelic hosts were overcome with awe

and glorified thy condescension

 

O Life how canst thou die?

How canst thou dwell in a tomb?

But by thy death thou hast destroyed the reign of death

and raised all the dead from hell

 

We magnify thee

O Jesus our king

We worship thy passion and thy burial

For by them thou hast saved us from death

 

O word of God we praise thee

the Lord of the world

With thy Father and thy Holy Spirit

And we glorify thy burial

 

We bless you, O Virgin

Birthgiver of God

And with faithful hearts we praise the burial

Endured by your son and our God

 

In a tomb they laid thee O Christ the life

The angelic hosts were overcome with awe

And glorified thy condescension

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:):):) Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! :) :)

 

 

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen

- from the Paschal Homily of John Chrysostom, read in every Orthodox church during the Paschal Liturgy

 

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Please lovely VSers pray for me during the coming days! Tomorrow (Saturday) I'm flying out for a week's live-in with a community that I am really interested to get to know. I have a good feeling about it, and have corresponded with a couple of the sisters enough to know that the basic set-up might be a really good fit. But you never know until you get there, and I'm starting to get nervous because it'll be the first time I'm back in a monastery since I left my former community.

Thanks!

​Correction: It'll be the second time you've visited a monastery, or do day trips not count? 
With love in Christ,

Your resident Smart-A.

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