Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/ 60 Pentecost http://jordanville.org/news_160622_1.html Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:42:47 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016-06-19-Pentecost/Pentecost-Banner.jpg&archive=0&final_h=22&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated the Vigil and Liturgy for Pentecost, followed by the Vespers with kneeling prayers. Archimandrite Luke, hieromonks, and local priests concelebrated at these services. There was a cross procession during the Litia around the cathedral. After the Liturgy and Vespers on Sunday, there was a festive trapeza for the clergy, monastic brotherhood, and many pilgrims that travelled here to celebrate with us.</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_160622_1.html The Blessing of Honey http://jordanville.org/news_170814_1.html Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/20170814-Honey-Blessing/20170814_074733.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=50&percent=100"><style type="text/css"><!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120% } --></style> <p>In the Greek Chasoslov (Orologion) of 1897 is explained thus the derivation of this feast: "By reason of the sicknesses, often everywhere occurring in August, from of old customarily it was done at Constantinople to carry out the Venerable Wood of the Cross along the roads and streets for the sanctifying of places and for the driving away of sicknesses. On the eve (31 July), carrying it out from the imperial treasury, they placed it upon the holy table of the Great Church (in honour of Saint Sophia &ndash; the Wisdom of God).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170814_1.html The Feast of St. Seraphim of Sarov http://jordanville.org/news_170802_1.html Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/20170802-St-Seraphim/Sarov-ikon-in-frame.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=74&percent=100"><p>On the feast of St. Seraphim of Sarov, Holy Trinity Monastery was granted a special blessing: during the feast day services, the brotherhood and faithful prayed before an icon of the beloved Russian saint with segments of his hair, a piece of the rock upon which he prayed, and a part of his clothing. The icon was placed for all to venerate in the middle of the church, and the akathist to St. Seraphim was sung before it during Matins.</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170802_1.html Tonsure of Fr. Paul and Fr. Stephen http://jordanville.org/news_170718_1.html Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/20170710-Tonsures/Frs-Paul-and-Stephen-Watermarked.jpg&archive=0&final_h=80&final_w=90&percent=100"><style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} --></style> <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="font-size: 16px;">On the eve of the Church commemoration of Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam (June 28 O.S.), the monastery had its own feast, the tonsure of Riassophore Monk John (Weeks) to the Small Schema and Novice Stephen (Manduke) to the Riassa.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>This grace-filled event took place just as the Church is finishing the fast of the Apostles.</span></p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170718_1.html The Feast of the Royal Martyrs http://jordanville.org/news_170725_1.html Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/20170718-Feast-of-the-Royal-New-Martyrs/03-New-Martyrs-watermarked.jpg&archive=0&final_h=89&final_w=90&percent=100"><style type="text/css"><!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; orphans: 2; widows: 2 } --></style> <p>This year, the monastery&rsquo;s commemoration of the Royal Martyrs was especially festive. It must be noted that it was 99 years ago that they suffered for Christ.</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170725_1.html A Visit from the Nobile Farace Sisters http://jordanville.org/news_170621_1.html Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2017-06-15-Marquess-Farace-Sisters-Visit/DSC_4503-WEB-SAFE-watermarked.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc5c5554-cbe8-b000-70e4-75af4667ae91">On July 18 (N.S.), 1918, the day after the murder of the Russian Imperial family, the sister of the Empress, Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, and other relatives of theirs, including the brothers, Princes Igor, Konstantin and Ioann Konstantinovich, were likewise killed by communist henchmen in Alpaevsk in the Ural Mountains area. &nbsp;On June 15, 2017, two sisters, granddaughters of Prince Ioann, visited Holy Trinity Monastery for the first time. &nbsp;</span></p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170621_1.html Pentecost 2017 at Holy Trinity http://jordanville.org/news_170611_1.html Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2017-06-04-Pentecost/DSC_6805-2.JPG&archive=0&final_h=22&final_w=90&percent=100"><p id="docs-internal-guid-a31ea1e6-998f-3207-ab71-5debc2606373" dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">With God's grace, Holy Trinity was able to celebrate with solemnity Pentecost weekend (June 3-6). The cathedral was festively decorated with freshly-cut saplings, some tall enough to reach the base of the dome. This very strikingly manifests the church's concept of recapitulation, as the entire universe has been transfigured through Christ and brought within the purview of the Church through the power of the Spirit Who gives life to all.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">As the capstone moment when the Trinity enters into full relationship with humanity and the world through the foundation of the Church, Pentecost is celebrated for three days in honor of the Three Persons. Following the Saturday service to commemorate the dead, Pentecost Sunday was celebrated as a hierarchical liturgy with his Eminence Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) and culminated with the Vespers of kneeling prayers.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Monday, Holy Spirit Day, was not only the second day of liturgical celebration but was also the feast day for Holy Trinity Monastery. As a result, we were blessed with the presence of the Most Rev. Metropolitan Hilarion and his Eminence Bishop Nicholas as well as his Eminence Metropolitan Jonah who remained for the festivities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">During the Little Entrance Igumen Theophylact was awarded the jeweled cross, Priest Andrew Rudenko and Hieromonk Anatoly were both awarded the gold cross, all for their service to the Church. During the Hours a recent graduate, Vadim Abramov was tonsured a Reader.&nbsp; </span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">After the liturgy, the hierarchs, priests, faculty, seminarians, and guests were invited for a reception.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">We thank God for constituting His Church through the gift of the Spirit! May our church be revealed to the world as God's most precious gift to humanity, the vineyard planted by Christ and producing the new wine of Spiritual joy.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #343434; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Blessed art Thou O Christ Our God</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #343434; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #343434; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #343434; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">And through them didst draw the world into Thy net</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #343434; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"> Lover of Mankind glory to Thee!</span></p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170611_1.html Liturgy of St. Mark http://jordanville.org/news_170513_2.html Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2017-05-08-Saint-Mark/DSC_6520.JPG&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%;">On Monday, May 8th the faithful at Holy Trinity Monastery Celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Mark the Evangelist in honor of his feast day. In the Orthodox Church there are three orders for the Divine Liturgy that are celebrated in every parish&mdash;those of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, and the Presanctified Liturgy of St. Gregory the Dialogist. But in addition to these three there are also several other, rarer Liturgies, characteristic of certain places or celebrated on certain days. In recent years the Liturgy of St. James has become increasingly known and celebrated; akin to it is that of St. Mark.</span></span></span></p> <p style="font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 100%; text-decoration: none; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%;">The Divine Liturgy of St. Mark is the ancient, traditional main Liturgy of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria. With the discovery of a papyrus from the end of the fourth century in 1928, it also has the most ancient documentation of any Orthodox Liturgy still in use. This is the Liturgy of the great hierarchs of Alexandria, whose names occur constantly in our Church calendar: Ss. Athanasius the Great, St. Cyrill of Alexandria, St. John the Almsgiver, and countless others. St. Anthony the Great and the Desert Fathers prayed at this Liturgy, and knew and loved its prayers.</span></span></span></p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170513_2.html Христос Bоскресе! Christ is Risen! http://jordanville.org/news_170420_2.html Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2017-04-16-Pascha/DSC_6365.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">On these last three days of Holy Week, the depth and poignancy of the period descended upon the monastics and seminarians, and a profound spirit of silence and contemplation permeated everyone and everything. Beginning with Great and Holy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711742"><span class="aQJ">Thursday</span></span> and the Liturgy of St. Basil that culminated with the foot-washing service, these days were festive with services, including the Matins with the readings of the 12 gospels, Royal Hours, Vespers with the Holy Winding Sheet, <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711743"><span class="aQJ">2:00 am</span></span> Lamentations, the Reading of the Book of Acts, and the Great and Holy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711744"><span class="aQJ">Saturday</span></span> <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711745"><span class="aQJ">Midnight</span></span> Office. After being slowly enveloped in the ethos of Holy Week with a complete cycle of Lenten services, everyone was even more struck by the triumphant and joyous arrival &nbsp;of Pascha at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711746"><span class="aQJ">midnight</span></span>. Truly, Christ&rsquo;s Resurrection was worthily glorified! Christ is Risen!</span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">To complete the Paschal service, the monastics, seminarians, and all the faithful pilgrims proceeded into the trapeza for the Paschal breakfast. We thank Christ for His saving Resurrection and gathering His faithful for this blessed and Great Feast. We also pray that all our friends have had an equally edifying Lent and Pascha!<br /></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170420_2.html Palm Sunday at Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary http://jordanville.org/news_170413_2.html Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span class="im">With God's grace, another Pascha approaches, and intensifying their preparations for the Great Feast, the monastics and seminarians of Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary began Holy Week with a joyous Palm <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_128451214"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span>. At the end of the All-Night Vigil <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_128451216"><span class="aQJ">on Saturday</span></span> evening, the faithful were anointed with holy oil and received a candle, a palm, and a pussy willow. Starting on Holy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_128451217"><span class="aQJ">Monday</span></span>, there will be continuous services at the Cathedral in the mornings and evenings.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As Christ&rsquo;s entrance into Jerusalem marks the beginning of His path to Crucifixion and Resurrection, we are invited to follow the journey from the temporal glory of the King&rsquo;s procession into His capital, to the daily unfolding of His betrayal, and into the Eternal glory of God&rsquo;s redemption for all of mankind. As is always important to remember, Judas&rsquo; betrayal and the Lord&rsquo;s Crucifixion are striking events that should exhort us to repentance and ascetic struggle while the Resurrection is the embodiment of God&rsquo;s promise for those who struggle to the end. We pray that all have a very edifying Holy Week and a joyous Pascha!</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170413_2.html The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos http://jordanville.org/news_170412_1.html Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Faithful at Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the blessed feast of the Annunciation on the <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1071023448"><span class="aQJ">Friday</span></span> before the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today the Archangel announces to the Theotokos that She will conceive a son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.&nbsp; This is the &ldquo;fountainhead of our salvation and the manifestation of the mystery which was from before the ages.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span></div> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So let us Cry out with the archangel to the Theotokos &ldquo;Rejoice!&rdquo; for She bears in Her womb He who the heavens cannot contain--the Saviour of the world; and let us set our minds on Christ as we approach His Divine Passion and Resurrection--the saving acts of our Lord for the salvation of the world.</span></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170412_1.html The Saturday of the Akathist (Lauds of the Theotokos) http://jordanville.org/news_170408_3.html Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, is one of the most beloved services of devotion that we have in the Orthodox Church. Tradition tells us that the Akathist was written in Constantinople, "the city of the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist. The structure and format of the Akathist Hymn is so popular that many other Akathists have been written using its format. These include Akathists to Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the Cross, to various saints, etc.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The word "akathistos" translates as "not sitting," i.e., standing; normally all the faithful stand while it is being sung. The hymn has 24 stanzas, which alternate between long and short. Each kontakion ends with the singing of "Alleluia." While each longer ikos ends with the refrain: "Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded."</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Most of the hymn is made up of praises directed to the Theotokos, &nbsp;beginning with the salutation of the Archangel Gabriel: "Rejoice." In each of the verses, the events related to our Lord's incarnation are remembered for our contemplation. In Ikos 1, the Archangel Gabriel &nbsp;marvels at the Divine self-emptying and the renewal of creation which occurs when Christ comes to dwell in the Virgin's womb. In Ikos 3 the unborn Forerunner and Baptist John prophetically rejoices. Then in Ikos 4 shepherds recognize Christ as a blameless Lamb, and rejoice that in the Virgin "the things of earth join chorus with the heavens." In the 5</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: super;">th</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> Kontakion, the pagan Magi, &nbsp;following the light of the star, praise the Theotokos for revealing the light of the world.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Throughout the hymns progression, various people or groups encounter Christ and the Theotokos. Each bringing their own need; their own desire or expectation, and each finds his or her own &nbsp;spiritual need satisfied and fulfilled in Our Lord and in the Theotokos. Just as each generation of Orthodox, and each particular person who has prayed the Akathist, has also found in this hymn the inspired means of expressing gratitude and praise to the Theotokos for what she has accomplished for their salvation.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170408_3.html Mystery of Holy Unction http://jordanville.org/news_170408_1.html Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_478875860"><span class="aQJ">This Tuesday</span></span> (4/4/17), the Mystery of Holy Unction was provided to the faithful in the lower church of Holy Trinity Cathedral. Although the service began at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_478875861"><span class="aQJ">3pm</span></span> when many people are still at work, the church was filled to capacity and even overflowing by the time the Mystery was administered.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Performed by most parishes once a year during the last weeks of Lent, the service of the Holy Unction is unique, as it offers Orthodox Christians in a public service what is usually only available privately at times of extreme illness. At Holy Trinity Monastery, it is performed completely with the seven priests called for by the rubrics. Prayers and supplications to the saints (especially to those who are known for their miraculous healings) culminate in the faithful&rsquo;s making a circuit around the church to be anointed with holy oil by each of the priests. The priests anoint their foreheads, eyes, cheeks, ears, chest, and the tops and palms of the hands while praying for the healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual sufferings and diseases.</span></p> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span class="im"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">We thank the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for their gracious gift to the church that brings healing to both soul and body</span></span></span></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170408_1.html The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 5th Thursday of Great Lent http://jordanville.org/news_170406_1.html Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">One can safely say that the wonderful poetic creation of St. Andrew of Crete, &ldquo;The Great Canon,&rdquo; contains the very essence of the meaning of Great Lent, the period of time appointed by the Holy Church for repentance, which is the very core of the Orthodox way of life.&nbsp; For this reason the Church gives it a great prominence in its services during the Fast.&nbsp; If during the First Week of Lent, or Clean Week, the Great Canon is divided up during the Great Compline service the first four nights, the whole composition is read in its entirety during Matins of the fifth <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1037494497"><span class="aQJ">Thursday</span></span>, divided up and dispersed during the service along with the reading of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt, perhaps one of the most spectacular examples extant in Church hagiography of repentance.&nbsp; This happens just before the last week of Great Lent, when the Church is already preparing us for Lazarus <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1037494498"><span class="aQJ">Saturday</span></span> and the feast of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As is traditional, the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Luke, along with the monastery clergy, read the Great Canon in its entirety in the middle of the church, as mentioned previously, dispersed throughout the Matins service, while the choir chanted. &nbsp;As directed by the rubrics of this service, Fr. Luke read the first half of the life of St. Mary just before the Canon was started, and the second half was read after the first part of the Canon. &nbsp;The Life reflects &nbsp;the meaning of the Canon, which gives wonderful examples of repentance, foreshadowed in the Old Testament.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">T</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">his service inspires us in our struggles during Great Lent, preparing us for the journey of the Lord&rsquo;s Passion, leading up to His joyful Resurrection.</span></span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170406_1.html Icon Studio Roof Project Successful! http://jordanville.org/news_170213_1.html Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <style type="text/css"><!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; widows: 2; orphans: 2 } --></style> <p>Dear supporters and friends of our monastery,</p> <p>We are happy to announce that our Icon Studio's roof has been successfully replaced! With your prayers and financial assistance, we were able to complete the project before the roof collapsed under the weight of the winter's snow. Therefore, we offer a sincere thank you for your generosity during this campaign.</p> <p>Having completed this work, we are not only going to continue the iconographic ministry started by Fr. Kyprian Pyzhov but have plans to expand production. As part of this, we are currently updating our website to make it more user-friendly, facilitating access to <a href="http://iconstudio.jordanville.org">the over 1000 icons we have available</a>. With this change, we hope to make it easy for the faithful to purchase high-quality, low-cost icons or to simply browse the index for their own edification.</p> <p>May God bless your generosity!</p> <p>In Christ yours,</p> <p><img src="http://jordanville.org/images/frlukesig.jpg" alt="" width="384" height="94" /></p> <p>Archimandrite Luke,&nbsp;</p> <p>Abbot</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_170213_1.html Restoration to St Seraphim Shrine Complete Thanks to Generous Donations http://jordanville.org/news_161122_1.html Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">The St. Seraphim Shrine has been refurbished through kind donations of pilgrims, many from our parish in Toronto. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Our Abbot, Fr Luke plans to add a few more embellishments and then proceed to repairs inside the shrine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">God bless all of our pilgrims through the prayers of St. Seraphim!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">In Christ,</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Brotherhood of Holy Trinity Monastery</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://jordanville.org/news_161122_1.html