Saturday, December 23, 2006

HM Dionysiou

The top photo is the incredible view from our room at the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou.

RM took the middle photo from near our room at the 'top' of the monastery and looks down on the grounds and outbuildings of the monastery.

The bottom photo was taken at sunset (which was also bedtime).

After we arrived, they had Vespers at 3 PM, followed by dinner at around 4 PM. After dinner we went back to the church for Small Compline. While the monks read the prayers, one of the priests brought out the relics for the pilgrims to venerate. They had quite a collection! Their treasure, of course, was the arm of St. John the Baptist.

After that, we retired for the evening. Orthros was from 1-4 AM. There was then a short rest before Liturgy at 6 AM. Breakfast followed.

After one of the services, RM wrote this in his journal:

It is a hidden life fully exposed to God – becoming unrecognizable to be revealed to God, losing what you think you are to be what you were made to be, made in the image of God.

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