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#1 Cecilie Nielsen

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:10 PM

Hello all

I hope someone knows the answers to these. Is there a library at this monastery? Do they have a bookstore? And do they sell prayer ropes?

#2 Deacon Jonathan

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 04:55 PM

I have just logged on to see this thread at the top, so I hope Cecilie doesn't mind me adding a question without answering any of hers!

Does the St John the Baptist monastery follow the old or new calendars?

#3 Rdr Daniel (R.)

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:09 PM

Is there a library at this monastery?

To my knowledge I would imagine that there would be at all monasteries but I know not whether it would be open to visitors or just the monks and nuns.

Does the St John the Baptist monastery follow the old or new calendars?

It is directly under the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople so I would highly suspect it would be the new calendar.

#4 Kusanagi

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:07 PM

to all of the questions:

1) Library there is one in the waiting room for confession.

2) the book store is next to the tea room

3) They do sell prayer ropes but the bracelet types.

4) they are under new calendar because they are under the Ecumenical Patriarch.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 07:08 PM

oh.....

I'm not sure how to edit posts once they are posted, but even though they are on the new calendar St Siluan is always celebrated on the old calendar.

#6 Jason Hunt

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 05:57 PM

to all of the questions:

3) They do sell prayer ropes but the bracelet types.


Do you know if there is a specifc reason why longer prayer ropes are not sold? Do they think laypeople should not say the Jesus Prayer too much, or that a longer rope is inappropriate for non-monastics?

#7 Kusanagi

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:42 PM

Never crossed my mind to ask to be honest.......

When the nun or monk orders books and stuff for the shop I was told they do not look much into what they buy eg. there has been some books on lives of the saints but they are not of the Orthodox church.

I think they have been more vigilant now about it.

I personally do not think it is forbidden for the lay people to say the Jesus prayer because on some days the evening service is replaced with the Jesus prayer said in the dark in church for say 1 hour or so in various languages.

#8 Paul Cowan

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 02:49 AM

Possibly the making of longer ropes is more costly, involves longer string than is manageable, is more time consuming than they have between chores? any number of reasons I suppose?

#9 Cecilie Nielsen

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 05:32 PM

Thanks for the answers! God bless you.




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