Monday, November 15, 2010
The Feast of St. Michael in Baskinta
The Arabic original is from here. I'll get to work on translating the sermons mentioned....
The Monastery of St. Michael celebrated its annual feast this year on Friday, November 5, 2010. Vespers were celebrated at 5PM and afterwards the annual exhibition was opened by the people of the town in the presence of His Emminence Metropolitan Ephrem, the abbot of the monastery. At 9PM the vigil for the feast was celebrated by Met. Ephrem, lasting all night until 5AM the next morning. After the Gospel reading, His Eminence spoke about the angels, their role, and how we can resemble them.
On Monday the 8th of this month Metropolitan Georges presided at the service of the feast, assisted by Metropolitan Ephrem and a number of priests and in the presence of a large crowd of faithful who overflowed out of the church and the area around it. This feast had a special flavor to it, because it was attended by a choir from Moscow made up of thirty-five people, including a number of Russian priests and archimandrites who served the divine liturgy in the Slavonic language and who created a new and special atmosphere for the ears of the faithful.
After the Gospel reading, Metropolitan Georges spoke about the Archangel Michael and about his service, asking why the faithful gathered in such a crowd today and speaking about "The Role of Monasticism in Giving Praise."
Many more pictures can be seen here.