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"IconoFan 2" at St. Thekla Monastery Chapel #408637 09/30/14 10:42 AM
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"IconoFan 2" at St. Thekla Monastery Chapel

My son has created and installed a more elaborate version of the Icon covered ceiling which he had made for our home which appears in this gallery under the title of "ByzFANtium". Like the prototype, this fan has Icons of the Great Feasts placed around the motor housing, with an upper crown containing Icons of Christ the Teacher, the Theotokos, the Forerunner, and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

This fan was placed in the new, larger chapel of the Antiochian St. Thekla Monastery in Glenville, PA, just in time for the first services, a vigil held on September 26 - 27 in honor of the Patronal festival. The vigil began with 9th Hour at 8 PM and concluded with the Divine Liturgy around 12:30 AM.

He also built the stand behind the Holy Table for the Cross, Exapteryga, and lanterns.

Installation of this fan was challenging because there was no supporting beam in the Amish-built peg and beam barn. The span for the supporting beam is 14 feet. Since he drives an 8 foot cargo van with no roof rack (and no way to transport long lumber) he cobbled a beam of a 2x4 sandwiched between 1x2's, drilled and fastened together by 3/4 inch dowel rod pegs.

Final installation was completed on the day when he discovered our that our oldest male cat, Markios, had died suddenly and unexpectedly. As he worked he told the Monastery cats that this fan wsa being installed in memory of Markios.

During the Vespers one of the cats entered the barn-now-chapel, sat primly beneath the icon stand holding the Icon of St. Thekla, and stared at the fan.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord...."
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Re: "IconoFan 2" at St. Thekla Monastery Chapel [Re: Thomas the Seeker] #416185 09/03/16 10:33 PM
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2016 Feastday Vigil at St. Thekla Antiochian Orthodox Monastery, Glenville, PA

Celebrate the feast of St. Thekla at her monastery in Glenville, Pennsylvania, on 23-24 September, 2016!

Friday, 23 September 2016
6:30 pm - 9th Hour
6:40 pm - Vespers with Litya & Artoklasia...
7:40 pm - Small Compline with Akathist
8:15 pm - Fellowship & Refreshments

Saturday, 24 September 2016
8:00 am - Nocturnes
8:15 am - Matins
10:00 am - Divine Liturgy
11:30 am - Fellowship Brunch
1:00 pm - St Thekla Supplication Service

Please, let me know if you are coming so we have enough food.

May our Lord Bless you,

Fr. Mark Sahady, Convent Chaplain
724-557-5311
FatherMarkSahady@yahoo.com


Re: "IconoFan 2" at St. Thekla Monastery Chapel [Re: Thomas the Seeker] #416193 09/05/16 12:42 PM
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Absolutely beautiful.

Re: "IconoFan 2" at St. Thekla Monastery Chapel [Re: Thomas the Seeker] #416335 09/29/16 08:14 PM
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Seventeen attended the Friday evening services, including Fr. Elias "The Voice" Bitar, who was driven to the convent by Sbdn Timothy Barkley.

The Saturday services began slowly, with Nocturnes chanted by His Grace Bishop Nicholas, Fr. Mark, and two others, but the attendance grew until there were 21 at the close of the Divine Liturgy. Folks came from as far away as Holy Apostles, Mechanicsburg PA; St. Philip, Sounderton PA; and St. Mary's of Hunt Valley, MD.

At the luncheon following the liturgy all were treated to see a kindly, tremendously witty side of Bishop Nicholas, who was genuinely interested in hearing the stories of each person at the table. He expressed genuine regret that he could not stay longer as he was clearly enjoying the fellowship and heartened to see such interest in this struggling convent.

Re: "IconoFan 2" at St. Thekla Monastery Chapel [Re: Thomas the Seeker] #417289 07/29/17 05:25 PM
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The Board of Trustees of the Antiochian Archdiocese announced to the 2017 General Convention that the St. Thekla Convent property in Glenville PA is to be sold. The Convent will be relocated to Antiochian Village.

Now this blessed placed itself will be Memory Eternal.


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