The Monastic Choir grew out of an amateur choir of the sisters of mercy. When St Elisabeth Convent was officially established, many sisters became nuns. That was how the monastic choir formed in the Convent. The Choir usually uses Znamenny, Byzantine and Valamo chants.
The Sisterhood in honour of the Holy Martyr Grand Princess Elisabeth appeared in Minsk in 1994. At that time, Father Andrew Lemeshonok, the future spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent, had already been a priest. Five years later, in 1999, the Convent was established.
On November 4 (October 22) the feast of the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan is celebrated. Despite the fact that there are a lot of various kinds of icons of the Mother of God in Russia, the icon of Kazan remains prevalent. It is especially honoured by the Russian people.
In this episode, Sister Julia reflects on what a merciful heart and the gift of compassion are about. Nun Martha cites saints explaining mental diseases as the way God shields people with very sensitive souls from the evil, thus protecting them with His love.
The enemy is working hard to divert us from our narrow path of salvation; he wants us to lose sight of our homeland in heaven and follow fake leaders in pursuit of a false cause. We plead for the Lord’s help all the time. We need Him every step of our way.
Brother Georgy Yurkevich is a long-time member of our monastic family. We asked him about his passion for flying, his discovery of God, and how his experiences at the Convent helped him become a better father, husband, and Christian.