Alright, I have arrived at my goal, weary and dazed. But I AM DONE! It's 5:16 AM Central US Time, and I have just completed the last page of my last term paper. I have absolutely nothing left to do but turn it in tomorrow (actually today!?!). Summer is here, and it is going to be all play and no work for me. I am finishing recording my bands new album, going to some festivals, and I am planning on making a pilgrimage to Platina this summer. While I am in California, I really want to make the effort to go down to San Francisco to venerate the relics of St. John of San Fransisco. Is it worth the extra effort? If so, should I try to go on a Sunday, or are there services throughout the week?
I also just noticed that it's really weird when saint's names include other saint's names. St. John of San Fransisco = St. John of St. Francis, and Francis of Assisi isn't even an Orthodox saint! Man am I tired!
Do y'all recommend I go to Platina and San Fransisco, or should I rather go to St. Anthony's in Arizona for an Athonite flavored pilgrimage? Some have told me that St. Anthony's is pretty crowded with tourists and buses, and thus it is not much of a 'wilderness experience'. Others have suggested Platina for a true retreat to the wilderness, but a part of me really wants to attend Greek services and hear real Byzantine chant in person. Decisions, decisions!