Exaltation of the Cross & Pilgrimage Weekend 2015

Exaltation of the Cross & Pilgrimage Weekend 2015

October 09, 2015

The Hermitage of the Holy Cross began the celebration of its patronal feast day on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of September – the great feast of the Exaltation of the Precious & Life-giving Cross of the Lord.

According to monastery custom, the pilgrimage weekend took place on the Saturday and Sunday following the Exaltation, October 3-4. Clergy and pilgrims came from near and far for the annual event, which this year was led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion.

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Schemamonk John Reposes in the Lord

Schemamonk John Reposes in the Lord

August 10, 2015

Our dear brother Schemamonk John peacefully departed this life at 11:50pm on Sunday, August 9, the feast of the Holy Great-martyr and Healer Panteleimon, the patron of our monastery. The Canon for the Departure of the Soul was being read when he reposed. The whole community gathered immediately at his bedside, and the first pannykhida was then served by Archimandrite Seraphim, Archdeacon Sergius and the monastic clergy.

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Festal Celebration of Archimandrite Seraphim's Namesday

Festal Celebration of Archimandrite Seraphim's Namesday

August 01, 2015

On Friday the 31st of July and Saturday the 1st of August, the brotherhood of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross joyously celebrated the feast day of St. Seraphim of Sarov with an Akathist and Divine Liturgy. This feast is dear to the hearts to the Hermitage brethren not simply as it is the Name Day of their abbot, Archimandrite Seraphim, but because St. Seraphim stands as a luminary of the Russian Church and a guide for monastics in these last days.

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Bright Monday - Installation of Archimandrite Seraphim as Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery, Ordination of a New Hierodeacon & Departure of Bp. George

Bright Monday - Installation of Archimandrite Seraphim as Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery, Ordination of a New Hierodeacon & Departure of Bp. George

April 14, 2015

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Convent Rebuilding Update

Convent Rebuilding Update

October 16, 2014

The convent house construction is almost entirely finished and the house blessing was served on Friday October 18th. We are very grateful to all of the donors who contributed to this project. The house is a compact but sturdy and well-built 16×28 house with a cell, a small kitchen and office corner.

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Four Tonsures to the Small Schema (March 2014)

Four Tonsures to the Small Schema (March 2014)

March 28, 2014

On March 14/27, the feast-day of the father of western monasticism, St. Benedict of Nursia, four riassophore-monks (the intermediate stage of monasticism in the Orthodox church) took their monastic vows and were tonsured to the small schema as full monks by Bishop George.

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