Thursday, July 08, 2010

St. Paisius Monastery Visit

It has been a long time since I've been to St. Paisius Monastery.  The last time I was there I framed the side chapels in the new Church.  We visited this week for St. Anastasia's feast day and the Church has been finished (except for the iconography etc.) The service was beautiful and the Sister's voices are as close to the angelic choir as you can get on earth.

12 comments:

Matushka Anna said...

So beautiful. I can't wait to see what it's like once the iconography is complete. It's been *so long* since we've been able to be at Holy Protection in PA that I was tearing up watching this video. Thank you.

Melanie said...

The children are precious and the singing is truly angelic, thank you for sharing that moment of beauty!

Chocolatesa said...

Wow. Thank you!

Nina said...

Oooo...nice....and you are right about the choir!

oruaseht said...

It never EVER ceases to amaze me at the truly sublime nature of Orthodoxy! Everything is so beautiful in the Divine Liturgy!! I need to get another Sunday off soon so I can go! heheehhe.......

Mimi said...

What a blessing!

(on a side note, there's a man running for office locally who shares your name, I think of you every time I see one of his signs.)

Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

Very beautiful.
Lovely choir.
Loved seeing the children receiving .
I have never seen Orthodox Nuns wear habits like these, are they Sunday go to meetin' dress? I really like them.
Actually, sometimes I rather like 'plain' churches without every inch covered in murals and icons. Especially this one gave me a sense of inner peace which I don't get from a lot of churches.

s-p said...

Matthew, the nuns wear the black "habits" and headcovering everywhere and work in them (even in 110 degree heat). These are their "Church" garments and headcoverings (different styles indicate their monastic rank), but they are not too different from their daily garb.

VSO said...

Nice. This is why I'm Orthodox.

Marigold said...

I love this monastery. It's interesting (to me at least) to see the different communion pieties in different parishes and monasteries. In my parish (Antioch)we would never make a prostration before communion, for example, and I've never seen/noticed a separate area for the nuns and the people to receive communion. Ah, liturgics! I should have guessed you would be involved with their new church somehow :)

Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

Steve, thanks, it's just that I've seen several videos of Orthodox nuns at worship and none of them were dressed like this, especially the veil or head cover. Must be Serbian Orthodox thing.

desertseeker said...

Thank you for the video. And that is why the Liturgy is called Divine. I look forward to our next visit, and even more so after your post.