Christ is Risen! Here is a compilation video of the Hawaiian Iveron Icon from Pascha. The video shows the miraculous streaming of myrrh from the Paschal services. The amount of myrrh streaming from the holy Icon this year was even greater than last year’s paschal service.
This year, when the holy Hawaiian-Iveron Icon came to our parish around 10 pm on Holy Saturday before the start of the Paschal services, she was completely saturated with myrrh.
Tuesday, February 5 I got up at 7:00 a.m., and so I had an hour before Orthros. As usual, I made myself some coffee by putting into a half-empty water bottle a spoonful of the instant coffee I had brought and shaking it up. Needless to say, it tastes awful like that without any sweetener or cream, but it’s not like I had any other safe way to get my caffeine.
My Second Journal in India by Papa Ephraim
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Once again I find myself unexpectedly flying out to India. Since my last trip there four months ago which can be read about in my previous journal much has happened. In November some professional translators in India were hired to translate into Telugu the book by Fr. Seraphim Bell entitled “Understanding the Rich Heritage of the Orthodox Church.” This book answers the questions that Protestants typically have when exposed to Orthodoxy.
My India Journal by Papa Ephraim
Monday, September 17, 2018 Glory be to God for all things!
It is hard to believe that I am now on a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean towards Hawaii and then to India. It was just three months ago that I was peacefully sitting in my cell at St. Anthony’s Monastery—the same cell I had lived in for the wonderful past 23 years of my life.
My friend Fr. Matthew Harrington gives me credit for saying, “Your spiritual maturity can only be measured by how you respond to the cross.”
He quoted this to me on a day when I needed to hear it, and do not remember saying it to him, so it was a bonus.
Now days I usually say it this way. Your Response for the Cross Defines you.
One of the permanent themes of being a Priest, is having to remind people that they will experience both the Cross and the Resurrection in their spiritual lives.