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.
We are looking forward to hearing his voice soon in the chiming of the bells of the church named in his honour. We expect it to happen soon with your donations, which recently exceeded two-thirds of the needed amount.
How has life at the Convent changed in light of the epidemic, and how is everyone coping? We went out and interviewed the people involved.
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.
From 17 to 26 September, Saint Elisabeth Convent takes part in the online festival of Orthodox artists, blessed and supported by His Eminence Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Nikitas and the Brotherhood of the Orthodox Mission Abroad.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! It gives us great joy to share with you the good news: two of our monastic sisters who were the first to be diagnosed with COVID-19 have fully recovered.
The Serbian people met Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok, the spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent, with love. Father Andrey visited this country within the frameworks of the Heart 2 Heart Festival organised by our Convent.
The Family Reunions Project based at Saint Elisabeth Convent helps families in crisis work together to mend their relationship. The participants are encouraged to find joint solutions to their problems and relearn the essential skills of communication.