Women from the Chapel and our mother church, Holy Trinity, were blessed to spend March 11 with two nuns during a Lenten retreat on prayer and preparation for resurrection of Christ. Mothers Christophora and Seraphima of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA spent the day leading a two-part presentation designed to guide the women on their Lenten journeys.

Mother Seraphima spent the first session discussing the Bridegroom Matins of Holy Tuesday: it reminds us all to be watchful for Christ, and it is this watchfulness that leads to salvation. The session concluded with the wo-men signing together the hauntingly beautiful Hymn of Kassiani, one of the highlights of the evening service. Mother Christophora spent the second session on the life of Mother Alexandra, first abbess of the monastery, explaining how her story and that of other holy women can be applied to Christian women today.