He was born in Bethsaida near the Sea of Galilee, as were Peter and
Andrew. Instructed in the Holy Scriptures from his youth, Philip
immediately responded to the call of Christ and followed Him (John
1:43). After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Philip preached the
Gospel with zeal in many regions of Asia and in Greece, where the
Jews sought to kill him but the Lord saved him by the might of His
wonders. The Jewish leaders, whose aim it was to kill Philip, were
suddenly blinded, and found themselves in total darkness. There was a
great earthquake, and the earth opened and swallowed up Philip's
wicked persecutors. Many other wonders were wrought, especially the
healing of the sick, by which many of the pagans came to faith in
Christ. In the Phrygian town of Hierapolis, St Philip worked for the
Gospel with John the Theologian, his own sister Mariamna and the
Apostle Bartholomew. There was in that place a dangerous snake, which
the pagans fed with care and worshipped as a god. God's Apostle
destroyed the snake with prayer as though with a spear. This called
forth the fury of the benighted people, and the wicked pagans seized
Philip and crucified him upside-down on a tree, and then crucified
Bartholomew also. At this, the earth opened and swallowed up the
judge and many others with him. The terrified people ran to take the
crucified apostles down, but they succeeded only in taking
Bartholomew down alive; Philip had already breathed his last.
Bartholomew made Stachys bishop for those baptised in the city.
Stachys had been cured of blindness and baptised by Philip, having
been blind for forty years. St Philip's relics were later taken to
Rome. This wonderful Apostle suffered in the year 86, in the time of
the Emperor Domitian.
2. St Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Salonica.
Gregory's father was an eminent official at the court of the Emperor
Andronicus II Palaeologus. The gifted Gregory, completing his secular
studies, did not want to go into imperial service at court, but
withdrew to the Holy Mountain and became a monk, living in asceticism
at Vatopedi and the Great Lavra. He waged war against the heretic
Barlaam, and finally overcame him. He was consecrated Metropolitan of
Salonica in 1347, being glorified both as an ascetic and a
theologian, both as a hierarch and a wonderworker. The most holy
Mother of God, St John the Theologian, St Dimitrios, St Antony the
Great, St John Chrysostom and angels of God all appeared to him at
different times. He governed the Church in Salonica for twelve years,
of which he spent one year in slavery to the Saracens in Asia. He
entered peacefully into rest in 1359, and entered into the Kingdom of
Christ. His relics are preserved in Salonica, where there is a
beautiful church dedicated to his name.
3. St Justinian, Emperor of Byzantium.
A Slav by birth, he was probably a Serb from the Skoplje region. He
succeeded his uncle Justin on the throne in 527. Justinian's great
kingship is inseparably linked with his deep Orthodox faith: he
believed, and lived according to his belief. In the Great Fast, he
neither ate bread nor drank wine, but ate only vegetables and drank
water. He made war against the barbarians of the Danube only because
they castrated their captives. This reveals his high sense of love
for his fellow-men. He was successful in both his wars and his deeds,
and built a great many beautiful churches, of which by far the
finest,in all of Christendom was the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.
He collected and published the Laws of Rome (the term Justice comes
from the law of justinian), and himself published strict laws against
immorality and licentious behaviour. He composed the hymn: 'O only-
begotten Son and Word of God', which was first sung in the Liturgy in
536. He summoned the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553, and died
peacefully on November 14th, 565, at the age of eighty, entering into
the Kingdom of the heavenly King.
Our Goal $200,000.00
Summer Facilities Maintenance - $200,000.00
Dear in Christ friends of Holy Trinity Monastery, As of today we have raised nearly $62,000.00 of our $200,000.00 goal. We were contacted by a supporter of the Monastery who has kindly offered to match dollar for dollar the next $50,000.00 raised in our appeal. Thank you to everyone for their support. We ask for prayers for the successful completion of our work.
God bless your generosity! + Bishop Luke
Dear in Christ friends of Holy Trinity Monastery,
We would like to give you an update of our 2022 Summer Facilities Maintenance Appeal. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far. With God’s help, work is underway for various projects in this appeal. Currently we are working on the septic disposal system of the monastery, replacing our carpentry shop roof as well as replacing the seminary building roof with a metal roof due to water leaks. Work is also underway in preparing new cupolas for our Cathedral and six new windows for the main dome.
The doors to the crypts of the main cathedral have been replaced with new heavy duty metal doors and painted. Other projects that have been completed are the cleaning and painting of the bell tower, and the restoration of the main entrance to the monastery dormitory building.
We have raised nearly $31,000 of our $200,000 goal thus far. Please continue your support so that we may be able to complete these projects and other maintenance needs as they arise before winter.