Saint Thekla, Equal to the Apostles

Holy Saint Thekla, intercede for your people! At the monastery of St Thekla in Maaloula they gave us each an icon and a little book of Thekla’s life, but it’s difficult to read because the translator’s English isn’t very good. Apparently when Thekla was 18 and quite beautiful, so that her parents wanted her to marry, she, sitting in the window of her house in … Continue reading Saint Thekla, Equal to the Apostles

Back in Sweida — Mounted icons, Tissia, meeting people, Izra

Diocesan Projects and Parishes Thursday 3 June — After the five day road trip around central and southern Syria we came back to Sweida a bit tired and cranky, so we mostly stayed at the Bishop’s residence in Sweida, hung out, ate, washed clothes, and mounted icons of Christ, the Theotokos, and St Timon. Friday 4 June — In the morning, after visiting the Museum … Continue reading Back in Sweida — Mounted icons, Tissia, meeting people, Izra

Pilgrimage Road Trip — Golan Heights, Revolution Museum

This section is difficult for me to write on through sheer weight of ignorance. We were supposed to learn something about Syria’s history and the difficulties people there face, especially politically. Most everywhere we went there was some reference to: this church collapsed because of the Ottomans, the relics of this saint were taken by the Crusaders, this scastle was used by the French colonials, … Continue reading Pilgrimage Road Trip — Golan Heights, Revolution Museum

Pilgrimage Road Trip — Homs, SaidNaya, Vision Church

Appreciation is an art; one that I’m not very practiced at. I have had a lot of experiences of feeling inadequate to the task of appreciating that which is before me at a given moment. There’s a lovely scene in Prince Caspian where Lucy gets up in the midst of the night to find that the trees are almost, but not quite awake. I’ve had … Continue reading Pilgrimage Road Trip — Homs, SaidNaya, Vision Church

Pilgrimage Road Trip — Latakia, Palmyra

Latakia Sunday 30 May – We attended Orthros and Liturgy at the Dormition monastery, where we had stayed the night. It was a lovely service — Orthros especially. The town the Dormition monastery is next to seemed to be focused primarily on greenhouse plants, especially tomatoes. After breakfast and a bit of salon time with the villagers who came to the monastery for Liturgy we … Continue reading Pilgrimage Road Trip — Latakia, Palmyra

Pilgrimage Road Trip — Damascus, St. Thekla, Valley of the Christians

Damascus We packed our things as efficiently as we could and took off on a five day pilgrimage road trip through southern and central Syria. Bishop Saba arranged our schedule, and mostly we were late and didn’t quite know what to do when, but things worked out more or less alright. After about an hour and a half drive we arrived in Damascus, and went … Continue reading Pilgrimage Road Trip — Damascus, St. Thekla, Valley of the Christians