Monthly Archives: November 2016

La foire de Noël d’Argenteuil

Visit the sisters' booth at the 9th edition of the Foire de Noël Saveurs et Culture d'Argenteuil, at the Polyvalente Lavigne, 452, avenue Argenteuil, Lachute, J8H 1W9. The Market is held on Friday November 25th 2016, from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday November 26th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come meet local artists and producers from the Argenteuil area and purchase unique gifts.  

The Nutcracker Market

Visit the sisters selling their wide array of handmade products ranging from goat and sheep cheeses to decorative beeswax candles at the Nutcracker Market, booth #22. Organized by Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Market is held on the ground floor of the Mall of the Palais des congrès de Montréal from November 24th to December 4th, 2016. The market is open to the public Monday through Friday. Admission is free.  All exhibitors contribute with 10% of their sales to fund children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods [...]

The Nativity Fast

The Nativity fasting period began on Monday, November the 15th 2016. During this fasting period, we abstain from meat, meat products, fish, dairy products, oil and wine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish*, oil and wine are permitted on the other days of the week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a general fasting rule which has been set by the fathers of our holy church; however everyone must consult with their spiritual father for their own personal fasting [...]

The Sarantaleitourgon

On Tuesday, November the 15th 2016 began the fasting period for the Nativity of our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a period of preparation of the body and the soul for the coming of our Lord. But as our Lord instructed us, fasting has a special meaning when it is connected with prayer and almsgiving. For this reason, our church calls us for a fuller liturgical life. The ecclesiastical tradition has set for this period the daily celebration of [...]

Seek only one thing

It is only necessary to seek one thing: to be with Jesus. The man who remains with Jesus is rich, even if he is poor with regard to material things. Who ever desires the earthly more than the heavenly loses both the earthly and the heavenly. But whoever seeks the heavenly is Lord of the whole world. -St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, Patericon

Prayer helps the departed souls

There where once on Mount Athos at St. Paul’s monastery two elders from Cephalonia. Fr. Constantine and Fr. Demetrios from Pyrgi, whose mother’s name was Maria. Fr. Demetrios received a letter informing him that his mother had passed away; no telephones were yet available. Fr. Demetrios approaches Fr. Constantine and tells him: - Fr. Constantine, can you please recite a forty day prayer rope for my mother (one complete prayer rope every day for forty days). -I will, he said, may [...]

Struggle in prayer

To guard love, the pinnacle of virtues, diligence in prayer is an immediate spiritual necessity. Struggle in prayer if you want our Christ to dwell in you, and He, the most experienced general, will struggle together with you. He will fight for us and grant us the victory. We become like roaring lions when we get a good grip on the prayer—not when we pray carelessly or lukewarmly, but with strength of soul! Invigorate yourselves with the thought that [...]