Irkutsk

Today, we arrived in the early morning in Irkutsk. I was surprised as to how cold it is here! Even though it’s Siberia, it should not be this cold in the summer. Luckily, I had some long pants and a jacket with me. Today was another one of those days on my trip where I had many spiritual experiences. We walked around a lot and were very exhausted from days of very little sleep, so I think we’ll sleep quite well tonight! We came upon a Polish Catholic church built here in 1883 by Polish exiles, which is apparently Siberia’s only neo-gothic church. Later we walked across a crazy traffic circle and went to the Znamensky Monastery. I was excited to go here because the monastery has the casket containing the body of St. Innokent, a Siberian missionary. There have been numerous incidents of miracles and the body is incorruptible.

The casket happened to be behind a rope, but a woman let me through to it after I smiled and asked if that was St. Innokent. I had a wonderful moment of prayer, meanwhile a regular service was being held and the experience brought me to tears.

I felt so privileged to be here at this moment, listening to singing psalms and praying in a beautiful church with gorgeous frescoes.

We happened upon an expansive market after this spiritual visit and bought some dinner which Sharon is preparing as I write. We bought delicious honey, bread, meat, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers. It was great that everyone gave out samples before you made the decision to buy anything.

Sharon and I have been very giddy all day — it must be the lack of sleep and the Siberian air… and the exhaust fumes in this industrial city!

3 comments
Anonymous
Anonymous

St.Innokent? Of course I never heard of him. Incorruptible? How wonderful to learn about him. I hope you prayed for all of us at his tomb. Thanks DD.accaP.S. I like anonymous's idea about liberals....

Anonymous
Anonymous

Where are the photos of you guys? For all we know you're sitting there in your apartment in the USA with Google Images and one hell of a detailed travel guide! ;-)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please send some liberals to Siberia to show them proof of global warming. Oh and leave them there!Great Blog!!!