by Bev. Cooke
The life of a princess is not all glamour, handsome princes, and beautiful clothes. It is also devotion to duty, sacrifice for your people, and a lot of just plain hard work. And if your country happens to suffer two world wars and a communist takeover in your lifetime, it means danger and suffering, exile and heartache as well. Princess Ileana of Romania endured all this and more. But her deeply rooted Orthodox faith saw her through it all, and eventually led her in her later years to the peaceful repose of monasticism. But that life included sacrifice and hard work as well, because as Mother Alexandra she was called to build the first English-language Orthodox women's monastery in the United States: the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Princess Ileana's story is a thrilling tale of love and loss, danger and rescue, sacrifice and reward. Her inspiring life stands as a beacon of faith and holiness for young women of all times and nations to follow.
"We are deeply grateful to Bev. Cooke for her extensive research coupled with her storytelling ability that makes the life of Mother Alexandra--Royal Monastic--a comprehensive and enjoyable read for any age. We are sure that readers will learn to appreciate the woman who lived on three continents during the most troubled time in modern history--a woman who in some ways could identify with everyone she met, yet in other ways with no one on earth." -- Mother Christophora, Abbess, Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration
"Royal Monastic is an excellent and engaging historical biography of a truly remarkable princess turned monastic. As the founder of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Elwood City, Pennsylvania, Mother Alexandra, Princess Ileana of Romania, is an example of Orthodox Christian virtues of love, suffering and self-sacrifice." -- Chrissi Hart, author of Under the Grapevine: A Miracle by Saint Kendeas and The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor: The Holy Virgin Comes to Cyprus
"Royal Monastic is a portal into a small and vital corner of Eastern European life during that time of great struggle. Princess Ileana's commitment to Orthodox monasticism in the latter part of her life, as Mother Alexandra, has left the royal seed of Orthodox altruism planted on American soil, leaving a lasting and growing vine of Truth. This is a history well worth reading." -- Claire Brandenburg, author and illustrator of Song of the Talanton, The Monk who Grew Prayer, and Daniel and the Lion
"Here is a book that makes sanctity believable as well as attractive. At the end of the book, we feel that we truly know the saintly protagonist, and wish that we could get to know her even better. Although we cannot meet this remarkable woman on earth, we can rely on her heavenly prayers, and rejoice in her life, thanks to this wonderful new volume." --Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley, author of Shepherding the Flock: The Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul the Apostle to Timothy and to Titus
"This engaging biography of a remarkable woman will suit anyone with an interest in people and history, but the figure of Ileana, princess, social activist and much more makes a particularly appealing role model for girls and young women in the 21st Century. While Disney sometimes labours to make its animated princess heroines appear as independent, powerful young women, Ileana of Romania is the real thing."-- Donna Farley, author of Seasons of Grace: Reflections on the Orthodox Church Year
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bev. Cooke has been writing for publication since 1989. Her first love is writing for young adults, and she has three YA books on the market: Keeper of the Light, a historical fiction about St. Macrina the Elder and Royal Monastic, a biography of Mother Alexander (Princess Ileana of Romania), both published by Ancient Faith Ministries. Feral, an edgy mainstream novel was released by Orca Book Publishers. The Akathist to St. Mary of Egypt, came out in 2010 and her second Akathist, Theotokos, Healer of Hardened Hearts, is in the publishing pipeline now (2017). Both Akathists are published by Alexander Press.
Bev. and her husband live in Victoria, BC, Canada, where they enjoy two seasons: wet and road construction. They have two adult children, are enslaved by two demanding, drama-queen cats, and attend All Saints of Alaska OCA parish.
Dimensions: 6 X 9 inches
Page Length: 200 pages
Author: Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov
In the early years of his life, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, the author of this memorable book, was under the spiritual guidance of St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai, who subsequently ordained him to the diaconate. After Archbishop John’s canonization on June 19/July 2, 1994, Father Valery set as his goal to share the miraculous events of the glorification with a wide audience of believers through the publication of his book, Lantern of Grace – in Russian (1999), followed by the English translation (2004). The book was reissued as an enlarged Russian edition (2010), that embraced our younger generation, including stories and reminiscences of students, altar boys, orphans, and numerous other people from various walks of life, whom St. John helped in time of need. The present extended English edition (2017) incorporates additional material on Vladyka’s life, his repose and the funeral, the uncovering and re-vesting of his relics, preceding the canonization, and the ever memorable and joyous glorification. This book contains a collection of precious photographs of Vladyka John, a saint who was our contemporary.
As readers make their way through the pages of this book, we hope they will feel the blessing bestowed by the hand of this wondrous miracle-worker. We trust that, guided by the ever-present Hand of God, they will discover a fresh, new source of faith and hope.
From the Author
Very little is generally said in the church media regarding the priesthood and priests themselves. What is written typically has to do with the participation of priests in clerical or diocesan conferences, which begs the question: Is it even useful to publish anything about the priesthood in publications intended for the laity? We believe that it is not only useful, but also necessary to bring to light the mutually beneficial relationships between the pastor and his flock (with all good intentions, of course), and thus to promote a much desired harmony and mutual support—all the more, if the positions put forth with regard to the priesthood are frank and upright. Here the Apostle Paul serves as an example of one who was not afraid to show his weaknesses: “For I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God” (1 Cor. 15: 9).
The Church of Christ is currently living in the most distressing time of its historical existence— a time of militant apostasy. And on whose shoulders does the duty of standing for the Truth principally fall, if not on the shoulders of priests? Priests take upon themselves all the evil, all the vilification of the secularized, apostatizing, and morally fallen modern world. It is for this reason alone that one should write more frequently in support of these zealots for the Faith and for Christ’s Church, raising awareness of a modern-day priest’s spiritual make-up, so that the laity might understand all the difficulties of the pastor’s challenge and join with him in a working partnership, as the Apostle Paul calls us to do: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
These are the honest thoughts and blessed intentions that we set forth as the basis for our narrative on the priesthood and on priests, those stalwart spiritual warriors marching forth along the difficult paths of our apostatizing time.
The Russian Orthodox Youth Committee has published its revised pocket size soft-cover Prayer Book.
The Prayer Book is an excellent aid for those, to whom the faith and the Church are dear, but who find it difficult to read Church Slavonic. This paperback prayer book is written in Russian (with accent marks) and with parallel English text.
Dimensions: 5" x 6.5" x 0.6"
Includes Canons, Akathists, Troparia, Daily Prayers, the Divine Liturgy and more. Beautifully bound in maroon color and gold embossed. Follows the Russian usage. Traditional English. Has Morning Prayers and Evening Prayers rather than Compline. This book is frequently referred to as "The Jordanville Prayer Book" because Holy Trinity Monastery and the Printshop of St Job of Pochaev are located in the town of Jordanville.
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