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Dormition in Calistoga - 08/29/14

As the afternoon shadows lengthened on Thursday, August 14th, the bells of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA, rang out joyously, announcing the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, served the Vigil that evening, which was attended by 40-50 guests. Both Father Joakim Provatakis (St. Symeon, Calistoga, CA - ROCOR) and Father Lawrence Margitich (St. Seraphim, Santa Rosa, CA - OCA) assisted in the altar, while Father Nebojsa Pantic (Ss. Constantine and Helen, Vallejo, CA - GOA) brought many of his parishioners. The lampadas in our tiny church shone brightly and garlands of flowers adorned the epitaphion of the Theotokos as we sang the special hymns of the feast: "The angels, as they looked upon the dormition of the Virgin, were struck with wonder, seeing how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven."

Project Mexico Video - 08/05/14

In July, 150 volunteers, five priests and His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, traveled to assist Project Mexico with the building of eight houses for families in need. All who traveled agreed it was a most rewarding and fruitful week. Tony Machnee, of the Project Mexico staff produced a short video of the experience, entitled Living in the Tension, which can be viewed here.



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