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. Our greetings go to Nun Alexia (Yudina) and Nun Paraskeva (Gornostaeva). Nun Alexia is not only free from the virus, but has also achieved significant improvements in her chronic conditions.
We rejoice at the recovery, by God’s mercy, of Archpriest Vasily Lesko, aged 92! Reportedly, when the doctors who treated him asked him what had given him the strength, Father Vasily replied: “the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the prayers of the people with loving hearts”. Father Vasily is now with his family in a village in southern Belarus.
Let us all celebrate the recovery of our sisters and Father Vasily and send our praise and prayers to our Lord for having them back with us!
Those Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar are about to start the shortest period of fasting of the liturgical year on the 14th of August - the Dormition Fast. It lasts only for two weeks.
On January 19th, the Orthodox Church celebrates the joyous Feast of Theophany. In Christian tradition, the feast of Theophany commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ by Saint John the Baptist and the manifestation of Christ as God.