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going to the monasteries
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:27:36 PM »
What are some of the things you like to take up to your monks/nuns?  Special foods? Flowers? Fun? I was just planning on taking some dry goods, but was looking for other interesting ideas.
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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 08:09:38 AM »
It depends on the monastery and the country.

In Poland if I want to spend a few days/one week on posłuszanie ("obedience" - working for monastery, praying with the nuns), I take the thigns that in any case the nuns, their guests or I need: a package of tea, some chocolate or desserts, salmon, tomato concentrate. It happened that I've given some religious books that I had read and they've been in good condidion, but as I didn't need them anymore, they were able to sell them in the monastery shop. Once my mother has given thema good olive oil from Greece, a s akind of gift.

A neighouring (2 kilometres) male monastery from the female one I usually go, they get from people cakes and sweets (since they're the unique things that they don't prepare at their monastery).

When I visit a monastery in Serbia for a short time or only one night, I give them a Polish vodka or Żubrówka (I've done the same thing in Cyprus).
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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2017, 08:18:12 AM »
What are some of the things you like to take up to your monks/nuns?  Special foods? Flowers? Fun? I was just planning on taking some dry goods, but was looking for other interesting ideas.
(Aside from $ donation)

Just give them good words that they can leave the monasteries and have families. There is nothing more expensive than real emotion which you can bring in such a dark place.

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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 10:53:25 AM »
What are some of the things you like to take up to your monks/nuns?  Special foods? Flowers? Fun? I was just planning on taking some dry goods, but was looking for other interesting ideas.
(Aside from $ donation)

Just give them good words that they can leave the monasteries and have families. There is nothing more expensive than real emotion which you can bring in such a dark place.

What monasteries have you been visiting?

In my experience, they are a spot of bright light in an otherwise dark world.
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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 11:46:56 AM »
What are some of the things you like to take up to your monks/nuns?  Special foods? Flowers? Fun? I was just planning on taking some dry goods, but was looking for other interesting ideas.
(Aside from $ donation)

Just give them good words that they can leave the monasteries and have families. There is nothing more expensive than real emotion which you can bring in such a dark place.

What monasteries have you been visiting?

In my experience, they are a spot of bright light in an otherwise dark world.

Rozhen monastery https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rozhen_Monastery , Rila monastery https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rila_Monastery , Samokov Monastery http://bulgariatravel.org/en/object/215/Devicheski_manastir_Samokov , Resilovo Monastery http://www.bulgariamonasteries.com/resilovski_manastir.html Most like the Samokov maybe because it is girl's monastery.
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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 01:21:56 PM »
Olive Oil for the icon lamps.

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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 02:01:14 PM »
Olive Oil for the icon lamps.

Always a good choice, as is Communion-appropriate wine.
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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 07:16:04 PM »
Olive Oil for the icon lamps.

Always a good choice, as is Communion-appropriate wine.

Communion wine is a good choice too, but it can harder to get the right type.

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Re: going to the monasteries
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 07:26:02 PM »
Presumably you have or will contact them to inquire about visiting (or if needed could contact them again), and could ask them on the phone/email what specifically would be helpful. Or ask in person for the next time you might visit.