In 1998, the Convent acquired from the local authorities a parcel of land outside the village of Lysaya Gora designated for ancillary farming. Soon, the monastic farmstead was established, giving shelter to people in difficult life situations, the homeless, former prison inmates, sufferers from alcohol or drug dependency, and people with disabilities. Some 170 residents are staying at the farm at present, working under the supervision of the monastic sisters. The Convent provides them with essential clothing, food, personal hygiene items, medicines and other necessities.
The men work at the animal farm (looking after cattle, swine and poultry), in the fields (growing a variety of crops, in the garden and orchard looking after the fruit trees, raspberries and currants), in the greenhouses, at the apiary, in the dog kennel, and at construction sites.
They have weekly meetings and talks with a priest. Every Wednesday, an Akathist is read to the Icon of the Holy Mother of God “Inexhaustible chalice”. A liturgy is celebrated on Saturday, and vespers on the eve of every Sunday. Sunday classes are offered to all residents interested and willing to lean about the foundations of the Orthodox faith.
The commemoration of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Unexpected Joy" reminds us of the unspeakable mercy and untold kindness of the Mother of God. Her beneficence and desire for our salvation are beyond description.
The world is jealous. One finds God and begins to hold little value in its treasures – money, wealth, power, pride and much else. But the world will go to any length to keep us from abandoning its treasures for the love of God.
In addition to materials and production volumes, another important aspect of the workshop’s success is the attitude and morale on the shop floor. The material is very sensitive ...
This year's Lenten and Paschal periods at our Convent are rich in joyful events. Here is just a brief overview of what’s been happening: monastic tonsures, visits to the National Mental Health Centre, summer camp and more.
As Christians, we know that there are many people tonight who need our prayers because, sadly, they cannot pray for themselves. So we will spend this night standing at the Divine Liturgy, praying for the secular and Christian worlds together.…
Has it ever occurred to us that with God, nothing is meaningless? Without experiencing a loss, how can we appreciate a gain? How can we embrace joy without knowing any sorrows?
There are two agendas to our lives. One comprises the things of this world, the other relates to our riches in heaven. It is a formidable challenge to pursue both at the same time.
There is so little and so much that is expected of us: to meet with patience and humility the things and people we may not fully like. By leading their lives in prayer, fasting and hard work, the great saints attained the glory of God.