Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monastery of St. Arsenios the Cappadocian

On Saturday, I went with my Greek friends, Christos and Froso, to the monastery of St Arsenios the Cappadocian in Ormylia, Halkidiki.

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We went there to meet with a monk, Fr. Arsenios, about the English translation of a major book on the life of Elder Paisios. I had the good fortune to work on the translation of part of this book some months ago. Now the three of us have been given the job of helping to translation-check and edit it.

The top two photos are of the monastery from the outside entrance. Inside the church, I must note, they have an AMAZING collection of relics. Although small pieces, they are blessed with the relics of the Apostle Paul himself, St. John the Baptist, St. John Chrysostom, St. Nektarios, and many more.

After venerating the relics, we met with Fr. Arsenios for about and hour and a half regarding the book. We then visited their impressive bookstore and finally left. Since we were so close to Halkidiki's beautiful beaches, we drove over to the water to have a coffee and plan out our work on the book (see the bottom two photos). We then headed back to Thessaloniki.

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