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Prologue of Ochrid

The Prologue from Ohrid: February 17

1. THE HOLY GREAT MARTRY THEODORE TIRO

The word Tiro means recruit. Just as soon as Theodore had entered the army in the Marmarite regiment in the town of Amasea then the persecution of Christians began under the Emperors Maximian and Maximus. As Theodore did not try to conceal the fact that he also was a Christian, he was dragged to court and thrown into prison which was then locked and sealed because the nefarious judge wanted Theodore to die of starvation. The Lord Christ Himself appeared to Theodore in prison and encouraged His martyr, saying to him: "Fear not Theodore, I am with you; do not partake of earthly food and drink anymore, for you will be with Me in the other world in the heavens; eternal and permanent." At that moment there appeared a multitude of angels in the prison and the entire prison shown brightly and the guards, seeing angels dressed in white raiment, became very frightened. After that, St. Theodore was taken out, tortured and condemned to death. Theodore was tossed into a fire and gave up his holy soul to God the Most High. He suffered in the year 306 A.D.

2. VENERABLE THEODOSIUS THE BULGARIAN AND ROMAN HIS DISCIPLE

As a monk, St. Theodosius settled not far from the city of Trnovo [Bulgaria] where he established a monastic community, which was named after him. He notably distinguished himself at a council in Bulgaria against the Bogomils in the year 1360 A.D. Protecting the Orthodox Faith at this council, by his reasoning, he shamed the Bogomils. He ended his earthy life in Constantinople in the year 1362 A.D. His disciple, Roman, continued to live a life of asceticism in Theodosius' community until his death.

3. SAINT MIRIAM

Miriam was the sister of the Holy Apostle Philip. She traveled with her brother and together with him preached the Gospel in Hierapolis and in other places. Following the martyr's death of Philip, Miriam continued her missionary work in Lycaonia where she died.

HYMN OF PRAISE

SAINT THEODORE TIRO

"Do not be afraid of the world for I have overcome the world." (*)

These are holy words both then and now.

For all who suffer, that is the true balm,

Mostly for the glorious martyrs of God.

Why should you, of the more fearful ones, be afraid?

Of its own shadow, the world is afraid!

The powerful and the ruling ones, why fear?

And of dying things, constantly dying?

Who is with the Householder is not afraid of the house,

The Householder sees everything that is in the house,

And nothing there is, that He would not know,

And His servant, what should he be afraid of?

And yet when he hears the Lord as He says:

"Do not be afraid of the world!" What more do you desire?

"Do not be afraid of the world for I have overcome the world!"

Our Lord reigns and rules over the world.

At the fire and death, Theodore smiled,

For that, wreaths he received, that never fades.

(*) St. John 16:33

REFLECTION

An artist is one who, from crude and shapeless stone, carves and shapes forms similar to living creatures. An artist is one who weaves a multi-colored blanket from the wool of sheep. An artist is one who builds a magnificent palace out of earthly bricks. But what kind of artist on earth can be compared to Christ the Artist, who from illiterate men creates wise men, who from fishermen creates apostles, who from cowards creates heroes, who from the immoral creates saints? But all must be given over to the hand of the artist, in order to be fashioned into that which the artist knows and is capable of doing. All things, in truth, must be given over to the hand of the artist. Even men must give themselves over to the hand of Christ, in order for Him to carve, to weave or to build that which only He knows and is capable of. Nineteen past centuries witness to us, that all of them who did not protest [against Him] but rather gave themselves over to Christ the Artist and from the boorish and the ignorant became angel-seeing children of God.

CONTEMPLATION

To contemplate the Lord Jesus as an Artist above artists:

1. Who, from the body of man, which became savage from passions, creates a noble organ of every good work;

2. Who, from the chaos in the soul of man, creates the cosmos; a pure and shining mirror of the glory of God;

3. Who, from ignoble men creates an undefiled kingdom, a State of the holy - an artistic work without precedence and without comparison.

HOMILY

About death as sleeping

"All were weeping and mourning for her, when He said: 'Do not weep any longer, for she is not dead but sleeping.' And they ridiculed Him because they knew that she was dead" (St. Luke 8 52;53).

The reference here is about the dead daughter of Jarius. Jarius himself said that his daughter had died and his servants confirmed this. But, the Lord, the Giver-of life said: "Do not weep, she is not dead" and they ridiculed Him "because they knew that she was dead." The ignorant pretend that they know better than the Knower. The blind pretend that they see better than the All-seeing One [The Discerner]. But when the young girl arose and showed herself alive, the ignorant "were utterly astounded" (St. Mark 5:42).

Even today, the ignorant ridicule when they hear the divine truth. Divine truth speaks: There is a Living God! And the ignorant ridicule as though knowing that there is no God. Divine truth speaks: There is a Heavenly Kingdom! And the ignorant ridicule even this as though they know that there is not a heavenly kingdom. Divine truth asserts: The dead will resurrect! And the ignorant even deny this as though they know that this will not be. And when God appears and the angels of God appear, and the Kingdom of Heaven is made known, and the dead resurrect, then the ignorant ones will be "astonished with a great astonishment" (St. Mark 5:42).

Who can save the world from the ignorant? No one can save the world except Christ the Omniscience, the Omnipotent. By what can the ignorant be saved? By nothing except by faith in Christ and faith to Christ. Who are the most ignorant ones in the world? They are those who deny whatever Christ claimed and claim whatever He denied. In a word: there are those who think that they know something contrary to the knowledge of Christ. They are the worst and the most dangerous ignorant ones both to themselves and to others.

My brethren, know that everything and everyone can deceive us except Christ the Lord and our Friend. He always knows and we do not always know, except when we look at Him and listen to Him.

O Lord, Merciful and All-merciful, help all the ignorant that, before death and judgment, they may be "astonished with great astonishment" and that they too will be saved in the kingdom of Your holy ones.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

We've raised
$216,499.56
Our Goal
$200,000.00
Summer Facilities Maintenance - $200,000.00
started 07/12/22

We are happy to report that thanks to your generous response and support, we have met our goal of 200K for the summer facilities maintenance fundraiser. May God abundantly bless all those who have contributed to it.
Thanking you again on behalf of the Monastery Brotherhood, the Seminary administration and the Seminarians!.


+ Bishop Luke 

MONASTERY AND SEMINARY PROJECTS
  • Carpentry Shop
    02/10/24
  • Update on Work to Fix Water Entering Monastic Dorm
    08/06/23
    Work has completed outside main dorm to water proof walls, repair plumbing lines, unblock drainage areas. We had had some heave rainfall the past week and we were glad to see that we were not flooded
  • Carpentry Workshop Replacement of Roof
    09/08/22

For more projects click here.

HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL FRESCOES RESTORATION PROJECT

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Service Schedule

MARCH 2024
SundaySun MondayMon TuesdayTue WednesdayWed ThursdayThu FridayFri SaturdaySat
Feb 25 (Feb 12)
Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Feb 26 (Feb 13)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast free
Feb 27 (Feb 14)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast free
Feb 28 (Feb 15)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast free
Feb 29 (Feb 16)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast free
1 (Feb 17)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast free
2 (Feb 18)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast free
3 (Feb 19)
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
4 (Feb 20)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
5 (Feb 21)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
6 (Feb 22)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast
7 (Feb 23)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
3:30 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
8 (Feb 24)
Finding of the Head of the Forerunner
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:30 Vespers & Small Compline
6:30 Matins
Fast: wine & oil
9 (Feb 25)
Saturday of Souls

6:00 Divine Liturgy followed by a general pannykhida
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
10 (Feb 26)
Meatfare Sunday
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
11 (Feb 27)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
12 (Feb 28)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
13 (Feb 29)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Hours & Typica
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
14 (Mar 1)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
15 (Mar 2)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Hours & Typica
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
16 (Mar 3)
Saturday of Ascetics
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
17 (Mar 4)
Cheesefare Sunday

9:00 Divine Liturgy
3:00 Vespers
8:00 Small Compline with the Rite of Forgiveness
Fast: dairy, fish, wine, & oil
18 (Mar 5)
5:30 Midnight Office & Matins
10:00 Hours, Typica & Vespers
 

6:00 Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon
Fast
19 (Mar 6)
5:00 Midnight Office & Matins
9:30 Hours, Typica & Vespers

6:00 Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon
Fast
20 (Mar 7)
5:00 Midnight Office & Matins
9:45 Hours & Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

6:00 Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon
Fast
21 (Mar 8)
5:00 Midnight Office & Matins
9:30 Hours, Typica & Vespers

6:00 Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon
Fast
22 (Mar 9)
40 Martyrs of Sebaste
5:00 Midnight Office & Matins
9:30 Hours and Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

6:00 Great Compline with the Rule for Holy Communion
Fast: wine & oil
23 (Mar 10)
Saturday of St Theodore
5:00 Midnight Office, Matins and Prayers for Holy Communion
8:15 Hours & Divine Liturgy

4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
24 (Mar 11)
1st Sunday of Great Lent

9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: wine & oil
25 (Mar 12)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
 

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
26 (Mar 13)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
 

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
27 (Mar 14)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

5:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
28 (Mar 15)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
29 (Mar 16)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

4:30 Matins
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
30 (Mar 17)
Saturday of Souls
St Patrick of Ireland
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy followefd by a general pannykhida

4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
31 (Mar 18)
2nd Sunday of Great Lent
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: wine & oil
Apr 1 (Mar 19)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
Apr 2 (Mar 20)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
Apr 3 (Mar 21)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

5:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
Apr 4 (Mar 22)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
Apr 5 (Mar 23)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

4:30 Matins
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
Apr 6 (Mar 24)
Saturday of Souls
Forefeast of the Annunciation
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
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Holy Trinity Monastery
1407 Robinson Rd.
PO Box 36
Jordanville, NY 13361

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