The St George Seniors Group made their annual spring pilgrimage to St Paraskevi Monastery yesterday. I’ve been blessed to join them on the past two trips; yesterday we were also joined by Fr John Salem.
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Shot from a distance, here’s a pic of the newly completed Temple dedicated to Saint Paraskevi.
The housing for the female monastics.
This is a new fountain on the walkway toward the entry of the nuns’ quarters.
Aha! The secondary reason for the annual trip … the Texas Bluebonnets.
Bluebonnets are scattered throughout the monastery’s property.
Here’e the entry way to the Temple …
One of the woodcarvings portraying a scence from St Paraskevi’s life, found on the doors leading from the narthex into the nave.
A view toward the iconostasis with the Akathistos icon still decorated with flowers.
Faithful pilgrims from St George joined in the prayers of the community — a Supplicatory Service to St Paraskevi.
Fr John Salem says: “I want one of those on our church property!”
(Nah … I think he was referring to a bell tower.)
Click here for pics from past pilgrimages.