The Coronavirus epidemic is no doubt a trying time not only to our physical health but also to our confidence, courage and hope. Staying calm, resisting fear and not falling into despair can be very hard when our life and health, and the life and health of our loved ones are under threat. The story of Nun Alexia is an inspiring example of how this can be done.
Before the epidemic, Nun Alexia was suffering from a host of chronic conditions. At times, they were so bad that she could not get out of bed. In fact, Mother Alexia had been bedridden for eight months. Taking monastic tonsure just recently inspired her a lot, but the epidemic did not spare her, and she became infected.
The danger to her health and her life was great but even greater was her trust in the Lord and His power to bring her to salvation. We were all praying for her recovery, the sisters and all of our friends. The struggle was hard, but she was never alone. Not only was she healed of her infection, but her other chronic conditions have also improved greatly. We join nun Alexia in sending our deep gratitude to the Lord for her recovery, and in giving our thanks to all the people who prayed for her health with us.
We invite you to watch and listen to Mother Alexia’s first-hand account of her situation, her recovery and the sources of her empowerment.
Heart 2 Heart Festival of Orthodox culture was launched by St Elisabeth Convent (Minsk, Belarus) with the blessing of the Most Reverend Pavel, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, in 2015.
As we are getting ready for the Easter liturgy, we invite you to view our choir practice on Saturday morning. Remember to book your calendar.
The bells for the church of Saint Sergius of Radonezh have arrived from the factory. All is ready for installation. The bells’ chimes will enter the lives of the women residents and inspire them to fight for their new life and their salvation.
Alys Tomlinson got to know Nun Vera from our Convent during her trip to the Holy Mountain Grabarka. Thanks to a photo of Nun Vera, Ms Tomlinson was declared Photographer of the Year at the annual Sony World Photography Awards.
The Monastic Choir of St Elisabeth Convent performed in Berlin during the opening ceremony of Heart 2 Heart Festival organised by St Elisabeth Convent. After that, the Choir travelled to the United Kingdom where it had concerts.
The Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent make it their top priority to share the joy of Easter with people all over the world this season. One way of doing that is through handcrafted Easter gifts, made with love and prayer.
The feast of the Pentecost takes a special place in the life of our Convent's farmstead for disadvantaged women. We hope that very soon the music of multiple bells will remind about the joy promised to everyone who loves God.