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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Gravely Ill Schemamonk John Returns to the Hermitage

Gravely Ill Schemamonk John Returns to the Hermitage

August 03, 2015

On Tuesday, July 28, Schemamonk John (Dezorzi) returned to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross. Fr. John was a part of the Hermitage brotherhood from 1998 until 2006, when he left and afterward lived in several other monasteries. However, several weeks ago he called the Hermitage because he had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and wished to spend his last days here at Holy Cross.

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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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English Service to St. Paisios the Athonite Celebrated at the Hermitage

English Service to St. Paisios the Athonite Celebrated at the Hermitage

July 14, 2015

On the evening of Monday, July 13th, the brethren of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross celebrated the Vigil service in honor of the newly-glorified St. Paisios the Athonite – perhaps the first time anywhere in the world that the service was sung in English. The next morning, on Tuesday the 14th, the Divine Liturgy was served in honor of this great saint of the latter times.

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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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