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Princess Ileana with a camera. It was her way to explore the world. She loved art. As Mother Alexandra she gave me a beautiful Family Bible with pictures of the Bible Stories by Rembrandt. It is at this age here she helped her mother Queen Marie of Romania in the summer sharing Bible Stores with the local peasant children and start of her public leading.
Princess Ileana's awareness of her connectedness to generations of history motivated her to be brave in adversity and threating situations to carry out the promise of her family and herself to serve God. This how first a hospital in Romania and then a monastery in America came to be. We are part of this continuing vision of prayer and peace and leadership at New Tikhvin Skete of the Holy Mother of God in Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida.
Wearing the native dress of the various regions of Romania was a fun why to explore the diverse make up of her neighbors. Here Princess Ileana at the castle in Balcic in Turkish Dress, is similar to the monastic black she later wear as Orthodox Christian Nun, Mother Alexandra
Before the internet, people in America knew very little about Romania. Mother Alexandra (Princess Ileana) was clear to reject the stereotype of Transylvania where Bran was located in Romania as a castle of Dracula. With vim and vigor she would proclaim this story to be untrue. She would say' 'Castle Bran was her childhood play place". We have many more stories to tell about here in Bran and what would become "The Hospital of the Queen's Heart".
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There are many more stories to tell and pictures to show. Some will be featured in my book, "The Princess and Me". Mother Elizabeth (Carol Klipa Bacha).
"Roll Jordan Roll" was chosen today to increase our prayer for the invitation extended by the Patriarch of Jerusalem to all Orthodox Christian Patriarchs to meet in this matter of extreme urgency to discuss the unity of the Worldwide Orthodox Christian Church and the divisions that have come about in the last 2 years.
We will also be adding a section of St. Clement of Rome under the Church Fathers Section to discuss this issue of divisions. St. Clement of Rome was a bishop of the Early Christian Church who knew St. Paul and the Apostles.
In the Bible Study Section we will be adding references to the Corinthians St. Clement addresses in his letter as well as other important Bible passages used by St. Clement on how to deal with the spiritual warfare to heal divisions and schism .
In our Christmas Monastery School page and section, we will be discussing the opening 4 notes, D - F#-A-D', Do, Mi, So, Do' and using this song to "tune yourself" as a health benefit as well as performance practice for our storytelling in our film with our Spiritual Father, Father Roman Braga teaching children to sing after his too long of years in solitary confinement in the political imprisonment of the Romanian Gulag.