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Please help the Lesna Monastery

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Dear beloved in Christ friends, pilgrims and benefactors of our monastery,
     As we enter Great Lent we turn to you with a plea to help our monastery. We make every effort to support ourselves and keep up the monastery buildings, but this past year has brought so many unexpected expenses and prices on the very basics: water, gas, heating fuel, electricity, have risen so sharply, that we find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Besides this, religious associations are not exempt from any taxes in France, and we are also legally bound to help pay for social services for our sisters: medical insurances and pension funds. New laws governing religious associations have made it necessary to re-register our monastery, which has not been cheap, and is complicated and nerve-wracking as well. All of you know our beautiful, but old and rundown estate, purchased with the blessing and assistance of St. John of Shaghai. Last year we marked the 6oth anniversary of our move to Provemont, to this place that was once known as “a jewel of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad”. This is the home of our ancient miracle working icon of the Lesna Mother of God, St. Philaret of New York spent his summers here, the Myrrhstreaming Iveron icon of the Mother of God from Montreal often visited us, along with her caretaker, Br. Jose, church councils and conferences were held here, and we have accommodated thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Please help us keep this place up properly, and make it possible for us to continue our life of prayer and monastic obedience. The Holy Church urges us to be especially charitable during Great Lent:

“In this season of repentance, let us stretch out our hands in works of mercy; and then the ascetic struggles of the Fast will bring us to eternal life. For nothing saves the soul so much as generosity to those in need, and all this with gladness, for there is no better way, and it will bring salvation to our souls.” (aposticha, Matins of Tuesday of the 2nd week) 

       We humbly beg you to take this appeal to heart, and to help us as you can. Our sisters will gladly pray for you and your dear ones, and especially for your reposed friends and relatives during this season of the Fast, when the Church constantly reminds us to remember them in our prayers.
We wish you a spiritually profitable Great Lent and beg your forgiveness for any possible offense that we might have caused.
                          With much gratitude and with love in Christ,
                             unworthy Abbess Macrina and sisters
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Леснинский монастырь был летней резиденцией Вл. Мит. Филаретаб 3-го первоиераха РПЦЗ. Пожалуйста помогите сохранить обитель, которую он так любил.
Дорогие друзья и благодетели! Вы видите, что мы уже собрали почти половину необходимой нам сумме. Пожалуйста помогите нам оплатить все наши счета и пережить эту зиму!
Мит. Филарет и Матушка Макрина
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The Lesna monastery was Metropolitan Philaret's summer residence. Please help preserve the monastery that he loved so much.
Dear friends and benefactors, you can see that we're just about half way to our goal. Please help us meet our current expenses and get through the winter.
Metropolitan Philaret & Matushka Macrina
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Dear friends and supporters,
Our sisters thank you from the bottom of their hearts for your generosity. Besides the donations coming in through this fund, we have been receiving some directly, and you can see that I've adjusted the amount of money that we need to reflect that. The first thing that we have done is paid up our heating fuel and gas bills. It has been an unusually cold winter and we were running dangerously low on fuel and gas, but I couldn't order any because of our unpaid bills. Thanks to you, that's been taken care of, and we will be able to face the arctic winds blowing our way this week. Thank you again!
Дорогие друзья и благодетели!
Наши сёстры сердечно благодарят всех вас за поддержку и готовность нам помочь, и за все щедрые пожертвования. Помимо этого сайта, многие жертвуют напрямую, и я соответсвенно подправила необходимую сумму здесь на сайте, чтобы это отразить. На этой неделе мы смогли выплатить наши долги за мазут и газ. В этом году особенно холодная зима, и топить уже было нечем, а долги всё росли. Теперь нам не страшны морозы, которые обещают на этой неделе. Спаси Господи!
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Место, где наш монастырь находитья сегодня, было найдено и куплено с благословения и с помощью свят. Иоанна Шанхайского. Пожалуйста поддержите монастырь, который он так любил при жизни, и которому продолжает помогать по сей день.
свят. Иоанн Щанхайский в Леснинском м-ре
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