Archive for September 16th, 2003

Study Carrel Sanctification

So, I arrived early yesterday morning to the library, and headed downstairs to my study carrel. I had with me my vial of holy water and the icons which had been blessed the day before. Standing outside the door to my carrel, I sprinkled the entrance and prayed:

Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this place, and drive far from it the wiles of the Enemy. Let thy holy angels dwell herein, who may keep us in peace, and may thy blessing be always upon us.

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the destruction of souls.

I entered the carrel and again blessed the four walls and the desk and books on it. I venerated the holy images of our Lady and our Lord. I placed beside the icon of God’s Mother, an image I had of Father Seraphim (himself devoted to the Theotokos). Beside Christ’s icon I placed a picture of Anna and me (and one of Sofie will soon follow).

I didn’t have much more time before I had to head to my office in the philosophy department (for my allotted office hours–allowing students, who never do, to drop in), so though suitably blessed, the carrel went unused until later in the evening.

Then I spent a good two and a half hours reading Plato, and gathering research for the Timaeus: a modern commentary by A. E. Taylor, a translation of Proclus’ commentary, as well as a few other books on the dialogue.

The feeling of refuge I experienced while studying in my carrel was quite distinct. I sincerely felt this to be a holy place (I venerated the icons on entering and leaving the carrel), and the study in which I was engaged was dedicated to him who is the Truth.

Yep, I’m gonna really like my study carrel.


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