Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/ 60 Archbishop Gabriel Visit and the Tonsure of Two Monastics http://www.jordanville.org/news_170103_1.html Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/Abp-Gabriel-Visit-and-Tonsure-of-Frs-Lev-and-Angelos/Banner-5751.JPG&archive=0&final_h=22&final_w=90&percent=100"><style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #11c00e; -webkit-text-stroke: #11c00e} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #11c00e; -webkit-text-stroke: #11c00e; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">The Monastery experienced a spiritual blessing on the eve of the Nativity Forefeast. On Saturday evening and Sunday morning his Eminence, Archbishop Gabriel presided over the divine services, greeting everyone on the future feasts of our Lord&rsquo;s Nativity and Theophany. On Sunday evening a general matins was served in honor of the Forefeast and St. John of Kronstadt. Immediately following the service the abbot, Archimandrite Luke, tonsured Novice Lev (from Russia) and Novice Angelos (from Scotland) &nbsp;as rassophore monks. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170103_1.html Pentecost http://www.jordanville.org/news_160622_1.html Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:42:47 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016-06-19-Pentecost/Pentecost-Banner.jpg&archive=0&final_h=22&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>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.</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_160622_1.html Liturgy of St. Mark http://www.jordanville.org/news_170513_2.html Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2017-05-08-Saint-Mark/DSC_6520.JPG&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%;">On Monday, May 8th the faithful at Holy Trinity Monastery Celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Mark the Evangelist in honor of his feast day. In the Orthodox Church there are three orders for the Divine Liturgy that are celebrated in every parish&mdash;those of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, and the Presanctified Liturgy of St. Gregory the Dialogist. But in addition to these three there are also several other, rarer Liturgies, characteristic of certain places or celebrated on certain days. In recent years the Liturgy of St. James has become increasingly known and celebrated; akin to it is that of St. Mark.</span></span></span></p> <p style="font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-variant: normal; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 100%; text-decoration: none; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%;">The Divine Liturgy of St. Mark is the ancient, traditional main Liturgy of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria. With the discovery of a papyrus from the end of the fourth century in 1928, it also has the most ancient documentation of any Orthodox Liturgy still in use. This is the Liturgy of the great hierarchs of Alexandria, whose names occur constantly in our Church calendar: Ss. Athanasius the Great, St. Cyrill of Alexandria, St. John the Almsgiver, and countless others. St. Anthony the Great and the Desert Fathers prayed at this Liturgy, and knew and loved its prayers.</span></span></span></p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170513_2.html Христос Bоскресе! Christ is Risen! http://www.jordanville.org/news_170420_2.html Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2017-04-16-Pascha/DSC_6365.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">On these last three days of Holy Week, the depth and poignancy of the period descended upon the monastics and seminarians, and a profound spirit of silence and contemplation permeated everyone and everything. Beginning with Great and Holy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711742"><span class="aQJ">Thursday</span></span> and the Liturgy of St. Basil that culminated with the foot-washing service, these days were festive with services, including the Matins with the readings of the 12 gospels, Royal Hours, Vespers with the Holy Winding Sheet, <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711743"><span class="aQJ">2:00 am</span></span> Lamentations, the Reading of the Book of Acts, and the Great and Holy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711744"><span class="aQJ">Saturday</span></span> <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711745"><span class="aQJ">Midnight</span></span> Office. After being slowly enveloped in the ethos of Holy Week with a complete cycle of Lenten services, everyone was even more struck by the triumphant and joyous arrival &nbsp;of Pascha at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1961711746"><span class="aQJ">midnight</span></span>. Truly, Christ&rsquo;s Resurrection was worthily glorified! Christ is Risen!</span></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">To complete the Paschal service, the monastics, seminarians, and all the faithful pilgrims proceeded into the trapeza for the Paschal breakfast. We thank Christ for His saving Resurrection and gathering His faithful for this blessed and Great Feast. We also pray that all our friends have had an equally edifying Lent and Pascha!<br /></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170420_2.html Palm Sunday at Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary http://www.jordanville.org/news_170413_2.html Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span class="im">With God's grace, another Pascha approaches, and intensifying their preparations for the Great Feast, the monastics and seminarians of Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary began Holy Week with a joyous Palm <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_128451214"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span>. At the end of the All-Night Vigil <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_128451216"><span class="aQJ">on Saturday</span></span> evening, the faithful were anointed with holy oil and received a candle, a palm, and a pussy willow. Starting on Holy <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_128451217"><span class="aQJ">Monday</span></span>, there will be continuous services at the Cathedral in the mornings and evenings.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As Christ&rsquo;s entrance into Jerusalem marks the beginning of His path to Crucifixion and Resurrection, we are invited to follow the journey from the temporal glory of the King&rsquo;s procession into His capital, to the daily unfolding of His betrayal, and into the Eternal glory of God&rsquo;s redemption for all of mankind. As is always important to remember, Judas&rsquo; betrayal and the Lord&rsquo;s Crucifixion are striking events that should exhort us to repentance and ascetic struggle while the Resurrection is the embodiment of God&rsquo;s promise for those who struggle to the end. We pray that all have a very edifying Holy Week and a joyous Pascha!</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170413_2.html The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos http://www.jordanville.org/news_170412_1.html Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Faithful at Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated the blessed feast of the Annunciation on the <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1071023448"><span class="aQJ">Friday</span></span> before the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today the Archangel announces to the Theotokos that She will conceive a son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.&nbsp; This is the &ldquo;fountainhead of our salvation and the manifestation of the mystery which was from before the ages.&rdquo;&nbsp; </span></div> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">So let us Cry out with the archangel to the Theotokos &ldquo;Rejoice!&rdquo; for She bears in Her womb He who the heavens cannot contain--the Saviour of the world; and let us set our minds on Christ as we approach His Divine Passion and Resurrection--the saving acts of our Lord for the salvation of the world.</span></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170412_1.html The Saturday of the Akathist (Lauds of the Theotokos) http://www.jordanville.org/news_170408_3.html Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, is one of the most beloved services of devotion that we have in the Orthodox Church. Tradition tells us that the Akathist was written in Constantinople, "the city of the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist. The structure and format of the Akathist Hymn is so popular that many other Akathists have been written using its format. These include Akathists to Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the Cross, to various saints, etc.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The word "akathistos" translates as "not sitting," i.e., standing; normally all the faithful stand while it is being sung. The hymn has 24 stanzas, which alternate between long and short. Each kontakion ends with the singing of "Alleluia." While each longer ikos ends with the refrain: "Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded."</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Most of the hymn is made up of praises directed to the Theotokos, &nbsp;beginning with the salutation of the Archangel Gabriel: "Rejoice." In each of the verses, the events related to our Lord's incarnation are remembered for our contemplation. In Ikos 1, the Archangel Gabriel &nbsp;marvels at the Divine self-emptying and the renewal of creation which occurs when Christ comes to dwell in the Virgin's womb. In Ikos 3 the unborn Forerunner and Baptist John prophetically rejoices. Then in Ikos 4 shepherds recognize Christ as a blameless Lamb, and rejoice that in the Virgin "the things of earth join chorus with the heavens." In the 5</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: super;">th</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> Kontakion, the pagan Magi, &nbsp;following the light of the star, praise the Theotokos for revealing the light of the world.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TITLE PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Throughout the hymns progression, various people or groups encounter Christ and the Theotokos. Each bringing their own need; their own desire or expectation, and each finds his or her own &nbsp;spiritual need satisfied and fulfilled in Our Lord and in the Theotokos. Just as each generation of Orthodox, and each particular person who has prayed the Akathist, has also found in this hymn the inspired means of expressing gratitude and praise to the Theotokos for what she has accomplished for their salvation.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170408_3.html Mystery of Holy Unction http://www.jordanville.org/news_170408_1.html Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_478875860"><span class="aQJ">This Tuesday</span></span> (4/4/17), the Mystery of Holy Unction was provided to the faithful in the lower church of Holy Trinity Cathedral. Although the service began at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_478875861"><span class="aQJ">3pm</span></span> when many people are still at work, the church was filled to capacity and even overflowing by the time the Mystery was administered.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Performed by most parishes once a year during the last weeks of Lent, the service of the Holy Unction is unique, as it offers Orthodox Christians in a public service what is usually only available privately at times of extreme illness. At Holy Trinity Monastery, it is performed completely with the seven priests called for by the rubrics. Prayers and supplications to the saints (especially to those who are known for their miraculous healings) culminate in the faithful&rsquo;s making a circuit around the church to be anointed with holy oil by each of the priests. The priests anoint their foreheads, eyes, cheeks, ears, chest, and the tops and palms of the hands while praying for the healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual sufferings and diseases.</span></p> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span class="im"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">We thank the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for their gracious gift to the church that brings healing to both soul and body</span></span></span></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170408_1.html The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 5th Thursday of Great Lent http://www.jordanville.org/news_170406_1.html Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">One can safely say that the wonderful poetic creation of St. Andrew of Crete, &ldquo;The Great Canon,&rdquo; contains the very essence of the meaning of Great Lent, the period of time appointed by the Holy Church for repentance, which is the very core of the Orthodox way of life.&nbsp; For this reason the Church gives it a great prominence in its services during the Fast.&nbsp; If during the First Week of Lent, or Clean Week, the Great Canon is divided up during the Great Compline service the first four nights, the whole composition is read in its entirety during Matins of the fifth <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1037494497"><span class="aQJ">Thursday</span></span>, divided up and dispersed during the service along with the reading of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt, perhaps one of the most spectacular examples extant in Church hagiography of repentance.&nbsp; This happens just before the last week of Great Lent, when the Church is already preparing us for Lazarus <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1037494498"><span class="aQJ">Saturday</span></span> and the feast of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As is traditional, the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Luke, along with the monastery clergy, read the Great Canon in its entirety in the middle of the church, as mentioned previously, dispersed throughout the Matins service, while the choir chanted. &nbsp;As directed by the rubrics of this service, Fr. Luke read the first half of the life of St. Mary just before the Canon was started, and the second half was read after the first part of the Canon. &nbsp;The Life reflects &nbsp;the meaning of the Canon, which gives wonderful examples of repentance, foreshadowed in the Old Testament.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">T</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">his service inspires us in our struggles during Great Lent, preparing us for the journey of the Lord&rsquo;s Passion, leading up to His joyful Resurrection.</span></span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170406_1.html Fr. Peter Heers Delivers Speech at Lenten Retreat in New Jersey http://www.jordanville.org/news_170329_2.html Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2017-03-20-Father-Peter-Heers-Talk-at-Lenten-Retreat/78.jpg&archive=0&final_h=59&final_w=90&percent=100"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Archpriest Peter Heers recently delivered a presentation at the Lenten Clerical Retreat that took place at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, New Jersey. &nbsp;The retreat began on March 20th and ended on March 22nd--the feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste. The retreat took place under the aegis of two wonderworking icons--The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God and the Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God &ldquo;Softener of Evil Hearts.&rdquo; The event was presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion who was also accompanied by Metropolitan Jonah, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and Bishop Irenei of Sacramento. More on the retreat can be found here:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://eadiocese.org/news_170322_2.html"><span style="color: #1155cc; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">http://eadiocese.org/news_170322_2.html</span></a><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://eadiocese.org/news_170323_1.html"><span style="color: #1155cc; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">http://eadiocese.org/news_170323_1.html</span></a></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Fr. Peter Heers is currently the instructor of Old and New Testament at our seminary and his the translator/publisher of many books, some of which include his most recent book </span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II </span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">and other well known titles such as </span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Life of Elder Paisios, The Epistles of Elder Paisios</span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">, and </span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Truth of Our Faith.</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><br /><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Fr. Peter Heers, in his presentation, discussed the recent Council of Crete that took place in 2016. &nbsp;In his Lecture, Fr. Peter Heers addresses the problems that preceded the council and the secrecy surrounding the pre-conciliar text that were released just a few months before the council itself; he also addresses the implications of the decisions and actions of the Council of Crete.<br /></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: center;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">To download a copy of Fr. Peter Heers' speech <a href="/files/TheCouncilofCreteandtheNewEmergingEcclesiology-AnOrthodoxExaminationEAD.docx">click here</a>.</span></p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170329_2.html Presanctified Liturgy of St. James http://www.jordanville.org/news_170328_1.html Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Once a year during Great Lent, Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts of St. James, the Brother of the Lord. This is a very unique service, not only because the Liturgy of St. James is the oldest of the eastern liturgies extant but also because this presanctified version of the liturgy was translated by ROCOR&rsquo;s Bishop Jerome (Shaw).</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Harkening to the Holy Sepulcher and to pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the liturgy creates an atmosphere that is distinctly its own while being clearly within the eastern ethos. It reminds those present of the ancient origins of the Church, creating a bond to the sacred spaces that may be forgotten about in America.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Also, this gives the seminarians the experience of the richness and variety of Orthodox tradition, whose differences are held together by the firm bond of Faith. Lord willing, they will transfer this spirit to their parishes when they graduate.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170328_1.html The Veneration of the Cross, 3rd Sunday of Great Lent http://www.jordanville.org/news_170327_3.html Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; font-size: medium;"><span class="im">In the middle of Great Lent, the Holy Church provides the faithful with inspiration to continue with our Lenten struggle and reminds us of what lays ahead, the Holy Passion of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. <br /></span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; font-size: medium;">On the eve of Sunday, March 19 (March 6 O.S.), <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_396913129"><span class="aQJ">Sunday</span></span> of the Veneration of the Cross, during the All-Night Vigil, a cross containing a relic of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord, richly decorated with flowers, was brought out of the altar by the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Luke, attended by monastery clergy, for veneration by the faithful, this Sunday greatly increased in number by numerous pilgrims from Serbian Orthodox parishes.&nbsp; The procession was attended by the peeling of the church bells and accompanied by hymns.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170327_3.html Pannykhida for Metropolitan Laurus http://www.jordanville.org/news_170327_1.html Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p style="text-align: left; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; font-size: medium;">On the 9th anniversary of the blessed repose of Metropolitan Laurus, former primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad as well as Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery and Rector of&nbsp; Holy Trinity Seminary, March 3/16 a pannykhida was served in the monastery cathedral by the monastery clergy.&nbsp; The monastery brotherhood, as well as the seminary and our many neighbors and pilgrims, preserve zealously the memory of Vladyka Laurus, who was our abbot for 32 years and also headed the Church Abroad during one of its most crucial moments, the reconciliation of the Church Abroad with the church in Russia.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170327_1.html The Repose of Monk Lazarus http://www.jordanville.org/news_170315_1.html Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Fr. Lazarus was born in Russia in 1940 during the Soviet Union. He and his parents were part of the underground catacomb church during the Soviet Union. In the early 1990&rsquo;s Fr. Lazarus came to the U.S. He came to Jordanville and spent 1 year of seminary there. For various reasons he had to stop seminary and find a secular job near the monastery, but he continued to attend services on Sundays and Feast days throughout the year.&nbsp; <br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Then Fr. Lazarus became very sick and soon after was accepted as a Novice. No one knew what his illness was; he went to doctors and his medical records only showed was that he had some sort of &ldquo;weakness.&rdquo; Fr. Lazarus&rsquo; answer to this was that he didn&rsquo;t want to know what it was, he only knew that it was a gift from God and the cure for his soul</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">In the following years he bore his illness with much patience and endurance, and without complaining. He knew the services very well and when he was no longer able to attend services because of his illness, he listened to the recordings of the services from his room, following them in the service books as well.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Fr. Lazarus was also very forgiving. He would often quote the words of our Saviour to forgive &ldquo;up to seventy times seven&rdquo; (Matt 18:22). If there was ever a quarrel between him and another he would frequently stop in the middle of the quarrel and ask forgiveness of the person and the quarrel would end immediately.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The last few months of his life were very peaceful. On the Saturday before the Sunday of Forgiveness Fr. Lazarus started to become very sick. During the first week of lent, he would go between being very sick and being normal. He received communion on Wednesday during Clean week and reposed on the following Friday evening.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">+May the Lord grant rest to his soul.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170315_1.html Sunday of Orthodoxy http://www.jordanville.org/news_170309_2.html Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;">First Week, marked by 10-hours daily of church services and one meal a day, culminated with the Triumph of Orthodoxy, reinforcing the purpose of our Lenten struggle as the means by which we fully incorporate ourselves into &ldquo;the Faith that has established the universe.&rdquo; To amplify the solemnity of this celebration, seminarians and monastics participated in hierarchical vespers and liturgy with Bishop Jerome (Shaw), a former seminarian at Holy Trinity Seminary and one of the major translators of Russian Orthodox liturgical texts into English and Slavonic.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><br />Before the service of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, including the anathemas that can be recited only in the presence of a bishop, Bishop Jerome reminded the congregation that the anathemas are not curses but are outlines that define the boundaries of the Church. They act as a guide that functions not negatively, by creating opposition to outsiders, but positively, preserving and protecting those inside the Body of Christ, deepening our understanding of the uniqueness of our divinely transmitted tradition.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><br />With the first week of Lent completed, we pray that the Lord will preserve us and all the faithful for the remainder of this season so that we can successfully participate in His Resurrection on Pascha.</span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170309_2.html Clean Week at Holy Trinity Monastery & Seminary http://www.jordanville.org/news_170308_2.html Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;">To begin Lent&rsquo;s solemnity, the monastics and seminarians of Holy Trinity began the season with a week of intensive prayer and fasting. </span></p> <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;">The community awoke together at <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1813334570"><span class="aQJ">4:30</span></span> in the morning to start its labor of participating <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1813334571"><span class="aQJ">in 10 hours</span></span> of services. <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1813334572"><span class="aQJ">Midnight</span></span> office, matins, hours, vespers, and compline, punctuated throughout with spiritual readings and advice, ensured that the day was dedicated to the glory of God and to promoting the rigorous self-examination that develops into true repentance. To reinforce this prayer schedule, the trapeza served one meal daily, the first two days offering only potatoes and pickled cabbage.</span></p> <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT" style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;">Asceticism is essential to develop spiritual strength in the future leaders of our church, and all Orthodox Christians. Training his body according to reason, the seminarian clears and focuses his mind, growing in spiritual discernment and intellectual acuity. These young men also loosen themselves from the bonds of the world, reorient their passions, and experience the fullness of Orthodox prayer. Not only does this help them cultivate habits that will remain with them throughout their lives, but it also nurtures the characteristics of a successful priest. This is why we believe that integrating a seminary education with a monastic environment is crucial to the students.</span></p> <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="m_-3079574574602084652normal" style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 100%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT"><a name="m_-3079574574602084652__gjdgxs"></a>We invite everyone to celebrate this season of repentance with us. <a href="http://www.jordanville.org/calendar/month_print.php?month=3&amp;year=2017" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.jordanville.org/calendar/month_print.php?month%3D3%26year%3D2017&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1489180449223000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGEvZgR11nNOd-bsNEzdy3gLQdflQ"><span style="color: blue;">Click here for a calendar of services</span></a></span><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">. For more information call us at <a href="tel:%28315%29%20858-0945" target="_blank">315-858-0945</a> or e-mail us at <a href="mailto:info@hts.edu" target="_blank">info@hts.edu</a>.</span> </span></p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170308_2.html Icon Studio Roof Project Successful! http://www.jordanville.org/news_170213_1.html Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <style type="text/css"><!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; widows: 2; orphans: 2 } --></style> <p>Dear supporters and friends of our monastery,</p> <p>We are happy to announce that our Icon Studio's roof has been successfully replaced! With your prayers and financial assistance, we were able to complete the project before the roof collapsed under the weight of the winter's snow. Therefore, we offer a sincere thank you for your generosity during this campaign.</p> <p>Having completed this work, we are not only going to continue the iconographic ministry started by Fr. Kyprian Pyzhov but have plans to expand production. As part of this, we are currently updating our website to make it more user-friendly, facilitating access to <a href="http://iconstudio.jordanville.org">the over 1000 icons we have available</a>. With this change, we hope to make it easy for the faithful to purchase high-quality, low-cost icons or to simply browse the index for their own edification.</p> <p>May God bless your generosity!</p> <p>In Christ yours,</p> <p><img src="http://jordanville.org/images/frlukesig.jpg" alt="" width="384" height="94" /></p> <p>Archimandrite Luke,&nbsp;</p> <p>Abbot</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170213_1.html Theophany http://www.jordanville.org/news_170120_1.html Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.jordanville.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/20170119---Theophany/06-Theophany-2017-watermarked.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=78&percent=100"><p>On the Theophany of our Lord, Archimandrite Luke and the clergy of Holy Trinity Monastery served the Great Blessing of Water.</p></div> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_170120_1.html Restoration to St Seraphim Shrine Complete Thanks to Generous Donations http://www.jordanville.org/news_161122_1.html Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">The St. Seraphim Shrine has been refurbished through kind donations of pilgrims, many from our parish in Toronto. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Our Abbot, Fr Luke plans to add a few more embellishments and then proceed to repairs inside the shrine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">God bless all of our pilgrims through the prayers of St. Seraphim!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">In Christ,</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1 PARAGRAPH_TEXT">Brotherhood of Holy Trinity Monastery</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Holy Trinity Monastery http://www.jordanville.org/news_161122_1.html