The oldest parishioner of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow is 98 years old.
"Why do you need the bricks?" I asked her. She said, "I need them for balance, otherwise I can't keep myself straight." She comes to the service from Belyayevo which is the most far-away end of Moscow, Father Tikhon adds.
The monastery has many young parishioners and almost half of them are under 45.
"I recall when elderly women first appeared in the monastery and how important their visits were for us. We did everything to make them feel comfortable and at ease, they made us all happy," Father Tikhon said.
Here is a map of the journey this dear woman makes on a regular basis.
Lord, help me remember this dear woman when I feel overburdened with cares.