Nicholas II: The Last Orthodox Tsar of Russia - A Video

Nicholas II: The Last Orthodox Tsar of Russia - A Video

July 18, 2020

This is a video production presented by Paul Gilbert, who did the research for this tribute, within the framework of the project for the book, The Romanov Royal Martyrs.

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Keeping Busy...

Keeping Busy...

July 18, 2020

With the absence of the typical flow of pilgrims through the monastery, it is in many respects a quieter place than usual. But that doesn’t mean we’ve found ourselves with any fewer tasks to fulfill in our daily obediences.

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Cemetery Expansion

Cemetery Expansion

July 18, 2020 2 Comments

For several years now our cemetery has not had any available spaces, but with God’s help, we are again able to accommodate people who wish to be buried on the monastery grounds. This year, we are undertaking a landscaping project that will significantly expand our cemetery, creating 70 additional plots. This new section of our cemetery adjoins the preexisting section located near the monastery guest house.

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New Apiary Website

New Apiary Website

July 18, 2020

We happily announce the launch of our new monastery apiary website, www.beemonks.com. Our new dynamic website offers more information about beekeeping at our monastery, about our honey bees and other apiary products for sale, practical tips about beekeeping, beautiful photos from around the monastery, and information about how you can join us in supporting families and beekeepers in our rural Appalachian community.

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Annual Feast of St. Panteleimon: August 8th & 9th

Annual Feast of St. Panteleimon: August 8th & 9th

July 18, 2020 8 Comments

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the monastery’s annual solemnities in honor of the Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon will not be open to the public. Though we regret not being able to celebrate the feast with the usual gathering of pilgrims, we invite everyone who is unable to attend services at their local parish to pray together with us via the online livestream.

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COVID-tide at Holy Cross

COVID-tide at Holy Cross

July 02, 2020 5 Comments

Starting in mid-March, on the advice of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the monastery stopped receiving all outside visitors in response to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. During the three months that have ensued, the stay-at-home orders issued by various state and local governments have affected the daily lives of almost everyone in the country.

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Of Wrath and Righteousness - Reflections on America's Current Historical Moment

Of Wrath and Righteousness - Reflections on America's Current Historical Moment

June 27, 2020 7 Comments

America is a nation in crisis. We have been facing a political crisis of ever-deepening division and widespread distrust in our own leaders for many, many years now. With the emergence of the COVID-19, we are being confronted with a public health crisis of a magnitude unparalleled in living memory. This in turn has precipitated an economic crisis of massive proportions, one which will almost certainly rival (if not exceed) the Great Depression itself.

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Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad (2020)

Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad (2020)

April 19, 2020 1 Comment

With the joy of God’s Kingdom, as we are "divinely glad, for Christ is risen" (from the Paschal Canon), I offer my Paschal greeting to all: both to those who have successfully completed the reclusion of their quarantine, celebrating now in the churches and communing of Christ’s Holy Mysteries; and also to those who yet abide in the desert of solitude and various restrictions, dedicating the better portion of their time to private prayer, spiritually beneficial reading, and interaction with loved ones. May the former and the latter both, in the words of St. John Chrysostom, "honor the day," receiving in their hearts the riches of God’s goodness!

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Paschal Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia (2020)

Paschal Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia (2020)

April 19, 2020

By the grace of the All-Merciful God, we have been vouchsafed to arrive at the radiant Paschal night, and once again rejoice in the glorious Resurrection of Christ. I sincerely greet all of you, my dear ones, with this great feast and "festival of festivals."

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