5474Fwd: Orthodox Travelogue: St. Herman's Conference
- Dec 29, 2001
>Friday, I left work about 7:00-7:30 pm. I went the wrong way on the Garden_________________________________________________________________
>State Parkway which cost me about an hour. During trip, I finished the St.
>Nikodemus the Hagiorite Publication Society�s recent 12-tape set on the Ten
>Commandments. I checked into the conference after 9:00. I was blessed in
>being put in an �adult� room with only one roommate. He felt quite
>talkative Friday evening, so I did not get to sleep until midnight, and
>that only because I told him I needed some sleep. In a �younger�, fuller
>room, that probably would not have been effective.
>Saturday morning, caught a ride from hotel to St. Alexander Nevsky�s
>Cathedral with a Matushka and her children and another conference
>participant. Traffic was bad, so we were late to morning prayers. Learned
>lesson from that and gave self plenty of time in future. Had breakfast,
>lectures, and lunch there. Saw bookstore where I saw movies on lives of
>saints that I thought would be of interest to several friends, so made some
>phone calls in ride back to hotel (caught ride with my roommate).
>Came back after a short nap for Vigil. I drove and took some people with
>me. After Vigil, had some dinner. After coming back to hotel, took a nap.
> I was on hall monitor duty between midnight and 4:30. (I sent my fellow
>�girl�s floor� monitor to bed at 3:30 as things had calmed down and there
>was no reason for both of us to be up. The �boy�s floor� monitor stayed up
>till 6:00, which was the time we were told to be prepared to stay up till.
>I caught my last naught boy about 4:00-4:15. However, the other monitor
>caught one about 5:30.)
>One of the guys I caught was kind of funny. About 12:30, he came to get
>some girl�s to go to hospitality suite (which was open till 2:00). By
>then, we had done room-to-rom search to make sure each room had only its
>prescribed inhabitants. I asked him what he was doing on that floor past
>the legal time. He asked me what I was doing there. I told him I was a
>fair bit older than him. To which he responded that he was almost 30,
>well� 22. He then asked if he carried a prayer book like me (I said
>preperation for communion and morning prayers while doing hall monitor
>duty) if he could hang around the floor too. He was rather funny, but did
>what was told after giving me a good natured hard time.
>(I am glad we had hall monitors. It raised the spiritual level
>of the conference (as did refusing to allow some known trouble
>makers to enroll). Past conferences had some issues. However, this
>one left us with a happy hotel and minimal naughtiness. It also may
>bring some people back to conference. I told a friend about it.
>He had not sent his kids there because of previous naughtiness.
>However, my reassurances about this has him thinking about next
>Could not sleep --- just lay in bed saying Jesus Prayer. Drove to Liturgy.
> Went to communion. Had lunch. After lunch, there was an after lunch
>talk on Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Futre. Also, reminisces about
>Fr. Seraphim Rose by a second speaker who spent a number of years in
>Platina when he was there. Had a nice long conversation rather than head
>back. We had Evening Prayers in the Old Church (now dedicated to the
>Tikvin Icon of the Theotokos) built in the 1930�s --- where St. John of
>Shanghai and San Francisco served while visiting. Also, where Abp. Anthony
>was rector in the 1940s. Dinner. Caught a ride back to hotel with Anna
>and Peter (visiting for part of day with his brother John). Others went to
>ice skate or bowl. I was tired, so said prayers, wrote a letter, and went
>Monday, had sessions at hotel---breakfast, lectures, and lunch. Bought a
>bunch of stuff at bookstore either Sun. or Monday afternoon. Also
>Tues.---including church wine for parish. Vigil Monday night for St.
>Herman�s Day. Then dinner at church and back to hotel.
>Metr. Laurus and Bp. Gabriel celebrated at Tuesday�s hierarchical liturgy.
>Went to communion. Lunch at church. Made purchases. Stayed for panel
>discussion by priests and Bp. Gabriel. Then drove back, stopping at Fr.
>David�s to show them the Guardian Angel icon I bought (inspired by one of
>I had a good, profitable time.
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