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{Thursday, June 18, 2009  }

.:{Prayer Request, Prayer Update}:.

Thank you for praying for Yevgen's dad, who seems to be doing fine after surgery. Yevgen is now back in the States and all seems fine.

This weekend, even though I do not think I have a vocation, I am going to visit the Byzantine Discalced Carmelites of Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf, PA. I am doing this for a retreat, but also because I am totally intrigued by the combination of Byzantine and Carmelite (though the order was originally an Eastern one, brought to the West via persecution, and in this sort of charism is returning to its roots), so much so that I feel I simply must see it.

I hope it will be a fruitful and prayerful weekend, especially after the Orientale Lumen conference of this week, about which I hope to blog eventually (I took very detailed notes, especially of the talks dealing with iconography).

Holy Annunciation Monastery seems to be one of the fastest-growing Eastern Catholic monasteries in the States. I get the impression that they're the Nashville Dominicans of the East. If you're in the area, I would encourage visiting them. One of the things mentioned at the OL conference was the importance for monasticism in the church. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky wanted a monastery in every diocese, not only to pray for the diocese, but also where the faithful can go and make retreats and refresh their souls. The monastics, it was mentioned, are the guardians of the church, standing on the ramparts of the heavenly city. Through their prayers, they keep out the forces that attack the church from without, and protect the light of the church from within.

Therefore, good readers, I once again apologize for my lack of activity, but promise, again, more in the future. Please keep me in your prayers this weekend, and I will keep you in mine.

Below, for your edification and delight, I am linking two videos of the Liturgy at the monastery. The tones are beautiful Ruthenian tones (I'm more familiar with the Ukrainian tones), which sound as beautiful, angelic and altogether heavenly as the videos of their chapel look. The sweet and holy voices of the sisters make it so. I believe the familiar Ukrainian tones to me require the voices of men, but the Ruthenian tones sound very well when women sing them.

God bless. ~~

(this latter video as I'm posting is not yet processed, but do come back and check it out when it's finished).
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