Ascension is the unofficial beginning of Summer here at Jordanville. Last Thursday, I went to a fellow-seminarian’s house for some very tasty burgers, accompanied by the Brazilian national cocktail, the caipirinha.
Summertime at Jordanville is relatively relaxing for the seminarian who choses to stay. The major downside is that it can be quite lonely; most choose to go home or go traveling. This adds to another predicament: the odds of being assigned to a general obedience (altar, kitchen, kliros, etc.) go up astronomically. This week, I was assigned to serve in the altar, sing on kliros, and read for lunch and dinner in the refectory. My trip to Canada saved me from kitchen duty. And there is of course work for the bookstore, which is a relatively light schedule of four hours a day.
On top of all this, we have to prepare for the biggest feast in the Monastery: Pentecost, which in the Orthodox tradition is a three-day event. Many pilgrims will show up, which means that we have to make sure the place looks spic-and-span. Instead of posting on this blog, I should probably be getting some sleep!
Of course, despite the sometime difficulty of being assigned to do some task, it’s all part of life at the Monastery, which adds to the overall experience of being a seminarian. And there‘s still opportunity to relax and enjoy the Summer. One is free to come at go at will during vacation time, which leaves ample opportunity for ambling. Orthodox youth events such as the Boston Ball (this coming Friday) and St. Seraphim‘s Camp (July/August) also give the seminarian a chance to meet many other Orthodox young people.
There’s all that. And then there‘s just lying on the hammock…