Daily Life
Daily Life
The Typical day at Holy Trinity Monastery begins at 4:30 am at the chanting of the bell-ringer through the dimly lit halls: “It is the time for song and the hour of prayer, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us.” The monks then gather in the main church for Midnight Office and Morning Prayers at 5:00 am. After Midnight office finishes and the monks have venerated the icons and received a blessing from our Abbot, those who have obediences go to begin the day’s work, while the rest remain and are joined by the seminarians for the daily Liturgy. After the liturgy ends at 7:30, breakfast is made available for the community.

The seminarians begin their classes at 8:00 which are designed to instruct them in the ritual and theological aspects of the Orthodox faith. Classes last until noon. After the Liturgy the monks go about their duties according to the needs of the day, coming together for lunch with the seminarians in the monastery’s refectory at 12:00pm. The seminarians then join the monks in the work of the monastery until the evening.

At 4:00pm Vespers with Matins are conducted by the assigned priest-monk for that day, which last until 6:30pm. Supper is served at 7:00, which is immediately followed by Compline with Evening Prayers, ending a little after 8:00pm. The monks then spend the rest of the evening in prayer or reading while the seminarians prepare for the next day's lessons.
Midnight Office
Proskomidia Service
Daily Obediences
Daily Obediences
Daily Services
Baking Bread

Tour: Baking Bread

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Making Pure Beeswax Candles

Tour: Making Candles

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Sewing Monastic Garments

Tour: Sewing Monastic Garments

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Making Incense

Tour: Making Incense

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Tour: Cooking

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Icon Painting Studio

Tour: Icon Painting Studio

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Tour: Bookstore

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Baking Prosphora

Tour: Baking Prosphora

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Holy Trinity Monastery has many activities and programs in which the monks are occupied. The main areas of obedience for both monks and seminarians throughout the year include work in the monastery printshop, book bindery, bookstore, kitchen, bakery, icon studio, as well as the general maintenance and household chores of our extensive property.

During the summer months the monks and seminarians also work in the garden, apiary, and in the upkeep of the monastery’s large cemeteries. Both the monks and seminarians assist in the regular order of services in the capacity of singers, readers and acolytes.

During the academic year, the seminarians are occupied with their studies while a number of the monks teach at the seminary. And finally, those monks with priestly orders perform the most valuable service by officiating in church services, administering the sacraments, and giving spiritual support to the faithful.
A monk working on the monastery grounds
Work being done in the printshop
Fr. Roman, serving the Proskomedia
A monk working on the monastery grounds
A monk working on an icon in the icon studio
Father Luke, Rector of the Seminary

Holy Trinity Monastery
1407 Robinson Rd.
PO Box 36
Jordanville, NY 13361

Telephone: (315) 858-0940
FAX: (315) 858-0505