Holy Cross Celebrates the Feast of St. Panteleimon, Tonsures, and Blessing of New Church Site

August 09, 2019

Holy Cross Celebrates the Feast of St. Panteleimon, Tonsures, and Blessing of New Church Site

On August 8th and 9th, Holy Cross Monastery celebrated the feastday of its patron, the Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon. His Grace Bishop of Nicholas of Manhattan arrived on Tuesday, August 6th in order to spend several days visiting with the brotherhood beforehand. On Wednesday evening he led a synaxis, relating to the community some of the spiritual experiences he had while on pilgrimage in Russia.

On Thursday morning, His Grace served a moleben beseeching God's blessing for the beginning of work on the new church project. Within the next several weeks the architect will be making his second visit to refine the building plans, and contractors will also be arriving to rebuild and reinforce the retaining wall above the site of the future church.

View the Site Blessing Photo Gallery »

 

On Thursday evening, the Vigil for St. Panteleimon was held in the monastery church. His Grace Bishop Nicholas presided. Also serving were Archimandrite Seraphim and the monastery clergy, as well as Priest Jonah Campbell of Wayne, WV and Priest Demetrio Romeo of Florida. The Vigil included the Litia, as well as the singing of the Akathist to St. Panteleimon following the Magnification. After the conclusion of the Vigil, Bishop NIcholas tonsured Novices John and Ephraim as riassaphore-monks, charging them to take heed to the Gospel commandment to deny oneself, take up one's cross, and follow Christ. Br. John received the new name Fr. Damascene, while Br. Ephraim retained his former name and will be known as Fr. Ephraim until such time as God allows them to take the small schema.

On Friday morning, the Lesser Blessing of Water was performed prior to the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy. Joining the clergy from the prior night was Archpriest John Dixon of Huntington, WV. At the end of the Liturgy, Bishop Nicholas gave an inspiring sermon on the life of St. Panteleimon and the need to approach the Holy Mysteries not casually, but with fear and trembling and gratitude. Following the Dismissal, a festive Moleben was served to St. Panteleimon during which the many names submitted by the faithful were commemorated, beseeching the heavenly aid of St. Panteleimon for their lives. The Panagia service followed, with the brotherhood and visitors processing together into trapeza for the festive meal.

We thank His Grace Bishop Nicholas as well as all the visiting clergy and laypeople for making this celebration so prayerful and festive! We hope to see all of you again next year.

View the Feastday Photo Gallery »


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Monastery News

Monastery Breaks Ground on New Church
Monastery Breaks Ground on New Church

November 09, 2020

By the mercy of God, as of Monday November 9th we have officially broken ground on our new church. At noon the brotherhood of Holy Cross Monastery, led by Archimandrite Seraphim, served a moleben at the site of the new temple and sprinkled the entire area with holy water. Immediately afterward our contractors began excavation work.

Continue Reading

New Set of Bells Arrives!
New Set of Bells Arrives!

October 12, 2020 1 Comment

Thanks to a very generous benefactor, a full set of thirteen Russian bells has been donated to the monastery for the belfry of our new church. They were made at the largest bell foundry in Russia and are perfectly tuned.

Continue Reading

Two New Novices on the Feast of the Beheading of the Forerunner
Two New Novices on the Feast of the Beheading of the Forerunner

September 10, 2020 1 Comment

At the end of the Vigil service for the feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, our two newest monastic candidates were clothed as Novices.

Continue Reading