On Thursday, March 3/16, after the evening service, the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), tonsured two sisters of the Ascension Monastery on the Mount of Olives into the first step of monasticism.

During the tonsure, the novice Larisa Kuznetsova received the name – Arsenia, in honor of St. Arseny, Bishop of Tvers and the novice Irina Pozdnyakova was named Akilina in honor of the holy martyr Akilina.

After an edifying word, Fr. Roman presented the novice nuns to the abbess of the monastery, Matushka Barbara (Novikova).


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