On January 7, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. Following Liturgy, a festive meal was served in the monastery trapeza. Immediately after the meal, all of the brothers of monastery, seminarians, and members of the community enjoyed a reception in Abbot Fr Luke's office. Holy Trinity Monastery wishes you and your loved ones a blessed feast! Christ is born!
In late December 2015, Abbot Archimandrite Luke attended and presented a talk in Germany on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Monastery of St. Job of Pochaev in Munich, Germany. The seminar began on December 24 and ended on December 26. Various talks were given about the history of the monastery, its historic connection to Pochaev, and the monasteries in Vladimirova, Slovakia and Jordanville, New York. Father Luke’s talk in Russian was titled, “Two Branches: One Root," where he traced the history of those monks that had lived in Germany and then settled in America at Holy Trinity Monastery.
From February 10 - 12, Holy Trinity Seminary celebrated the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, the school's patronal feast day. In conjunction with the feast, the seminary also held its 2nd annual alumni gathering. Many alumni from around the country visted their alma mater. On February 12, the celebrations culminated with the hierarchical liturgy concelebrated by Archbishop Gabriel, Bishop George, and Bishop Nicholas. Following the liturgy, a reception was held in the seminary hall for all of the seminarians, faculty, brothers of the monastery, and community members.
Here are a few selections from the Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary choir from the Forgiveness Sunday All-Night Vigil service in Holy Trinity Monastery Cathedral.
"My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things."
Wednesday March 17, 2016, marked the 8th anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Laurus. Metropolitan Laurus was commemorated at the Litya for the Dead and he was remembered with the singing of "Memory Eternal" after the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
On Saturday, March 19, His Grace, Metropolitan Jonah arrived at Holy Trinity Monastery to lead the Divine Services for the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Following Sunday's Liturgy, Metropolitan Jonah delivered a sermon about how all of the faithful are called to Christ in the same way that Nathanael was called by Christ as described in the Gospels. Following the sermon, all the clergy gathered in the middle of the cathedral to serve the "Rite of Orthodoxy." Holy Trinity Seminary Alumnus Fr. Peter Markevich led the proclaiming of the anathemas.
On April 7, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation. His Grace, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada served the All-Night Vigil and celebrated the Vesperal-Liturgy on Thursday at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
On April, 19, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery held its annual General Unction service in Holy Trinity Cathedral.
"Thou who alone art a speedy succor, O Christ, manifest Thy speedy visitation from on high upon Thy sick servants; deliver them from their infirmities, and cruel pain; and raise them up again to sing praises unto Thee, and without ceasing, to glorify Thee; through the prayers of the Birth-Giver of God, O Thou who alone lovest mankind."
On April 24, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the Entry of Our Lord into Jeruseleum. Following Liturgy, Abbot Fr. Luke wished all a blessed feast day and start to Holy Week and Our Lord's Pascha!
"Today the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together. Let us all take up Thy cross and say: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! "
On Holy Thursday, Abbot Archimandrite Luke served the The Order of Washing of the Feet after the Holy Thursday Liturgy.
"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him." - The Gospel according to St. John.
On April 28, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery led by Abbot Fr. Luke served the Good Friday Matins with the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels.
"Come, and let us all sing the praises of Him Who was crucified for us. For Mary said when she beheld Him on the Tree: 'Though Thou dost endure the Cross, yet Thou art my Son and God.'" - Kontakion of Holy and Great Friday
On April 29, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery served the Good Friday Vespers with the bringing of the plashchanitsa to the middle of the church.
Noble Joseph, taking down Thy most pure Body from the Tree, and having wrapped It in clean linen and covered It with spices, laid It in a new tomb.
On April 30, 2016, at 2 am, Holy Trinity Monastery served the Holy Saturday Matins service.
Joseph begged Thy holy body from Pilate and, anointing it with sweet-smelling spices, he wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in a new tomb; and early in the morning the women bearing myrrh cried out: "As Thou hast foretold, O Christ, show us the Resurrection."
On April 30, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery served the Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy. Following the Liturgy, bread and wine were blessed in remembrance of the early Christians in Jeruseleum who sustained themselves on just bread and wine until the Paschal Liturgy at midnight.
Christ is Risen! Xристос Воскресе! Holy Trinity Monastery wishes you and your family a blessed Feast of Our Lord's Resurrection!
On May 3, 2016, Archbishop Gabriel served the Bright Tuesday Liturgy at Holy Trinity Monastery. After the service, Archbishop Gabriel led the Cross Procession to all four sides of the church with the reading of the Gospel.
On May 10, 2016, Metropolitan Hilaron made his Paschal Visit to Holy Trinity Monastery. During the Hierarchical Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion tonsured first-year seminarian Michael Storozhev a reader, ordained him to the Subdiaconate, and then ordained him to the Diaconate after the Anaphora. We wish Fr. Michael and his wife many years!
Sunday, May 29, 2016 marked the 68th Commencement for Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary. Metropolitan Hilarion led the services and commencement. During the liturgy seminarian Sergei Kosov was ordained to the diaconate, Priest Ephraim Willmarth was awarded the Nabedrnik, and the deacons Peter Markevic, Andrei Psarev and Andrei Doubleday were awarded the right to wear the double orarion.
A full report on the graduation will appear soon on the Seminary website www.hts.edu
On June 18-19, 2016, 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.
On June 20, 2016, Metropolitan Hilarion came to Holy Trinity Monastery and joined Bishop Nicholas to celebrate the monastery’s patronal feastday. Sixteen priests and nine deacons from Holy Trinity Monastery, the Diocese of Eastern America and New York, and neighboring dioceses concelebrated with the bishops. After the Liturgy, there was a moleben with a cross procession. A festive trapeza followed, and then the clergy, brotherhood, and pilgrims moved over to the old print shop for a festal reception.
On July 12th, 2016, Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the feast of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The Abbot, Archimandrite Luke presided, assisted by the clergy of Holy Trinity Monastery. This year, the brethren and clergy marked Archimandrite Luke’s 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Hegumen Theophylact and Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow presented Archimandrite Luke with an icon of the Most Holy Trinity to mark this occasion.
Over 50 Russian Orthodox icons and religious objects from the collection of the Foundation of Russian History and Holy Trinity Monastery will be on display at Herkimer County Community College’s Cogar Gallery. The exhibition Sacred Images: Icons from Holy Trinity Monastery, running from August 12 to September 23, introduces viewers to the art and history of icon painting, the symbolism of icons and their role in Orthodox worship, and various styles and methods of producing icons.
On August 19, 2016, Metropolitan Jonah celebrated the Transfiguration of the Lord at Holy Trinity Monastery. Archimandrite Luke and the monastic clergy served with the Metropolitan. They were joined by pilgrims from around the United States and Canada.
On August 28, 2016 Archimandrite Luke and the brotherhood of Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the Dormition of the Most Pure Theotokos. They were joined by pilgrims from around the United States and Canada.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Ilarion and the Spiritual Council Holy Trinity Monastery, Archimandrite Luke traveled to Richmond Maine to tonsure into the Rassaphore Novice Theodora, a former novice of St. Elizabeth's Skete in Jordanville. Sister Theodora will be living in the annex immediately adjacent to the church in the kelia of St. Theophan the Recluse. The kelia is directly under the spiritual, direction of the Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery. Sister Theodora as part of her monastic obediences opens the church before dawn with the reading of the Midnight Office and in the evening with Compline.
The rector of the parish Archpriest Chad, the parish council and parishioners have expressed their support for Sister Theodora.
August 31, 2016 was the namesday of the late Metropolitan Laurus and Archimandrite Florus and the anniversary of Archimandrite Sergius’ (Romberg) repose. After the noon meal, his grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, accompanied by clergy from the monastery, Canada, and Luxembourg, served a pannykhida at the grave of Metropolitan Laurus.
At 3:00pm on Saturday of the Labor Day weekend, His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, along with the clergy, monks and faithful that had come to Jordanville for the festivities, gathered in the main cathedral of Holy Trinity Monastery. On Saturday, September 3rd, the All-Night Vigil was served by His Grace, Bishop Nicholas, accompanied by the monastery and visiting clergy. The monastery choir was fortified by male members of the Young Singer’s Conference. On Sunday morning, September 4th, the combined clergy processed to the entrance to the Trapeza, and greeted Bishop Nicholas with glory, and processed back to the church. Labor Day Monday was even more festive than
the day before. His Grace, Archbishop Gabriel was joined by Bishop Nicholas, Archimandrite
Luke and the gathered clergy for Divine Liturgy.
Dear Supporters of our Monastery!
As you may know, part of our apiary burnt down in 2014, causing $20,000 worth of damage. Brother Lev, our beekeeper, has been trying to rebuild it as well as he can. He needs to repair an existing building in order to process this year's harvest. So far he has been extracting honey by hand in the kitchen!
We have already invested in digging a well and extending power lines to the apiary to provide water and electricity to the site.
Now we need $4,000 to make essential repairs to the apiary building in order to process honey normally this year.
The apiary has been an important part of the monastery for decades. We need your support for the apiary to continue to operate.
You can support this project by donating using PayPal on the monastery website - http://jordanville.org/donat
You can also write a check to Holy Trinity Monastery with "Apiary" in the memo. Please mail checks to Holy Trinity Monastery, P.O. Box 36, Jordanville, NY 13361.
May God bless you for your generosity!
With love in Christ,
Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery
From September 21 - 25, 2016, Abbot Fr. Luke (Murianka) attended a symposium called “Rus and Holy Mount Athos: a Thousand Years of Spiritual and Cultural Unity” in Moscow, Russia. On September 29, Deacon Andrei Psarev, a member of the Holy Trinity Seminary faculty, interviewed Fr. Luke in his office in Jordanville, and asked him to share his impressions from this event.
To our generous donors and supporters,
It is with joy and gratitude that Holy Trinity Monastery can announce the success of our campaign to raise funds for the rebuilding of the apiary that was destroyed by fire. Through your generosity and prayers, we have exceeded the necessary $4,000 for building materials and have raised $4,380! Glory to God!
The new apiary will help to increase the monastery’s production of honey by giving novice-monk Lev a place near his 15 bee colonies to extract honey and store resources. We have already started buying the essential materials for this project and have been using our in-house staff to raise the structure. The building is in its skeleton phase with a concrete foundation, lumber frame, and insulation in the walls. As we complete it, we will add plywood for the finishing, insulation to the roof, and silicon to patch leaks in the roof. We will update you when the building is finished! In fact, the finished building will be better than the old building which burned down. This is more than a replacement; it is an improvement.
Through your generous support, one of the oldest operations at Holy Trinity Monastery can continue. It was started by Fr. Innokenti 50 years ago under the abbacy of Archbishop Averky. Archimandrite Panteleimon, the monastery’s founder, took a great interest in it. Honey production benefits the monastery by providing one of God’s best foods for health as well as additional income for the monastery by selling it.
Monastery honey is blessed by special prayers from the Book of Needs said over each batch. This reminds us, as the Fathers of the Church also remind us, that we are to imitate the diligent bees. As the bee collects pollen from various flowers to produce its honey, so we are to collect all that is good in the world and deliver it back to Christ, who is the author of those goods.
It is with your diligence that we have been able to continue this important work, and we thank you for all your efforts in helping us with it!
Dear Supporters of Holy Trinity Monastery,
The original roof of the Icon Studio building has finally lost its structural integrity, its wooden frame damaged by the heavy rains and snow of upstate New York. Water is leaking directly into the workshop, and we worry that the roof will not be able to survive the harsh winter conditions that are rapidly approaching. Therefore, we need to raise $36,000 by November 1 for this rebuilding project, and we need your support to achieve this!
The current building was built in the 1990s as a new home for the Icon Studio founded by the renowned iconographer, Fr. Kyprian Pyzhov, who was instrumental in returning Russian iconography back to its traditional roots. In this way, he founded the Jordanville style, known for its simplicity and dynamism. With faithfulness to tradition and a distinctive style, Fr. Kyprian's work was highly prized, and he was commissioned to paint murals for cathedrals and churches from Luxembourg to San Francisco.
The popularity of Fr. Kyprian's icons as well as his reputation for living a holy life drew disciples to him who would continue his work. To this day, the Icon Studio is very active with an inventory of approximately 1000 images on file. It acts as both a workshop that produces icons for purchase (both hand painted and mounted prints) and a training center for anyone who wants to learn the craft from master iconographers.
Please help us continue our work and preserve the memory of Fr. Kyprian! May God bless your generosity!
Please donate by using the PayPal button below. Please write “Icon Studio" in the "Add special instructions to the seller" section of the donation review page.
You can also write a check to Holy Trinity Monastery with "Icon Studio" in the memo. Please mail checks to Holy Trinity Monastery, P.O. Box 36, Jordanville, NY 13361.
May God bless you for your generosity!
With love in Christ,
Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery
On Friday, October 14/1, the Jordanville community prayerfully celebrated the Protection of the Mother of God.
This past weekend, Holy Trinity hosted the myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon from Hawaii. It was a true blessing to our community. Together with a pilgrimage of over 100 faithful from Washington D.C., we celebrated Saturday Night Vigil and Sunday Liturgy with the icon. All present were anointed with its miraculous myrrh, which is composed not only of myrrh but of other substances unknown to modern science. After liturgy, each monastic cell and seminarian dorm room was blessed with the icon.
A panikhida was also held at the grave of the Blessed Martyr Brother Jose Muñoz-Cortez, the guardian of the Montreal myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon. His murder and the subsequent disappearance of the icon occurred on October 31, 1997. The current myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon from Hawaii is a copy of this Montreal icon.
Dear supporters and friends of our monastery,
Less than a month has passed since we first appealed to your generosity for the sake of rebuilding our Icon Studio's collapsing roof, and yet again, you have exceeded our expectations. In this short period, we have raised $13,500 of the $36,000 required to complete the project. With these funds, we have purchased the materials needed to begin the reconstruction. This is truly a blessing!
With your assistance, we will be able to continue our ministry that brings the beauty of the Lord into homes and churches throughout the world!
May God bless you for your generosity!
Dear Supporters of Holy Trinity Monastery, The original roof of the Icon Studio building has finally lost its structural integrity, its wooden frame damaged by the heavy rains and snow of upstate New York. Water is leaking directly into the workshop, and we worry that the roof will not be able to survive the harsh winter conditions that are rapidly approaching. Therefore, we need to raise $36,000 by November 1 for this rebuilding project, and we need your support to achieve this!
The St. Seraphim Shrine has been refurbished through kind donations of pilgrims, many from our parish in Toronto.
Our Abbot, Fr Luke plans to add a few more embellishments and then proceed to repairs inside the shrine.
God bless all of our pilgrims through the prayers of St. Seraphim!
Brotherhood of Holy Trinity Monastery