A Traditional Orthodox Women's Monastery
Orthodox Church in AmericaDiocese of the South
Special Nativity Monastery Invitation

2015 Dormition Retreat 
A Christian Ending 

The sisters of Nativity Monastery invite you to join us for our 2015 Dormition Retreat to be held here at The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery on Saturday August 15, 2015.

We also welcome our Guest Speaker: Father Deacon Marc Barna. Mark and Elizabeth Barna live in Charleston, South Carolina, where Mark serves as an ordained Deacon at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church (OCA) in Mt. Pleasant.

Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):

9:00am  - Divine Liturgy     

11:00am - Continental Breakfast
11:30am - Guest Speaker: Fr. Dn. Mark Barna - A
                Christian Ending

1:00pm   - Lunch - Pot Luck
1:30pm   - Guest Speaker Continues: Fr. Dn. Mark
                Barna - A Christian Ending

3:00pm  - Questions
4:00pm  - Break
5:00pm  - Vespers

You may RSVP by calling the monastery at 903-498-4474 or by sending an email to nativitymonastery@gmail.com.  When you RSVP, please let us know how many will be attending with you.

A Christian Ending

Rediscovering Ancient Christian Burial Customs for the Modern World

How should Christian people prepare for death-their own and that of loved ones? No question can be more important than this, since death is the final reality of our earthly life. Deacon Mark Barna, the co-author of A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition, has been preparing Orthodox Christians for burial without a professional funeral director for nearly ten years. He and his wife and co-author Elizabeth cared for three of their parents in their home for nearly seven years. In this presentation, Deacon Marc shares their knowledge and experience of end-of-life issues, as well as how to organize and prepare for a parish-directed funeral with or without the help of a professional funeral director.

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