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Daily Readings

Prologue of Ochrid

The Prologue from Ohrid: March 31

1. THE PRIESTLY-MARTYR HYPATIUS THE BISHOP OF GANGRA

Hypatius was born in Cilicia and was the bishop of Gangra. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council [Nicaea, 325. A.D.] and was renowned throughout because of his pious and saintly life and his miracle-working. The Emperor Constantius ordered that a likeness of Hypatius be made during the saint's lifetime. The emperor kept this likeness in his palace as a weapon against all adverse powers. Once upon returning from Constantinople, Hypatius was attacked in a narrow gorge by Novatian heretics and, along with others, was hurled to the ground in mud. At that moment a woman from that group struck him in the head with a stone and, thus, the saint died. Immediately that woman went insane and took that same stone and struck herself with it. When they took her to the grave of St. Hypatius, he interceded before God on her behalf. She was healed by the great compassionate soul of Hypatius and lived the remainder of her life in repentance and prayer. St. Hypatius died and took up habitation in the eternal Kingdom of Christ the God, in the year 326 A.D.

2. SAINT JONAH, METROPOLITAN OF MOSCOW

Jonah was born in the province of Kostrom. In his twelfth year he was tonsured a monk and as such lived for a long time in the Simonov Monastery in Moscow. At the time of Metropolitan Photius, Jonah became Bishop of Ryazn. When Photius died, Jonah was elected as metropolitan and sent to the patriarch in Constantinople for approval and consecration. At the same time, Isidorus, a Bulgarian by descent, outwitted Jonah and arrived before him in Constantinople and was consecrated as the Metropolitan of the Russians. Jonah returned to his cathedral in Ryazn. Isidorus, the malicious one, ended his incumbency of the Metropolitan See nefariously. Isidorus attended the Council of Florence [1439 A.D.] and then, after three years, returned to Moscow. Everyone attacked him as an apostate from Orthodoxy and banished him. It is unknown where he ended his life. Jonah, the good and wise shepherd, ascended the throne of the Metropolitan See. He was a great worker of miracles, "a discerner," and a spiritual director. When the Agarians surrounded Moscow, Jonah repelled them through his prayers. In his later years he wished that he could be afflicted by an illness so that he could suffer pain and that, through pain, completely purify himself before his departure to the other world. According to his wishes, God permitted a sore on his foot ,which was preceded by a vision to a certain priest, James. The saint died from these wounds and took up habitation among the heavenly citizens on March 31, 1461 A.D. Many miracles have occurred over his relics. A certain mute, John by name, was brought before the relics of the saint. John kissed the hand of Jonah and, as he related later, the hand grabbed him by the tongue and he felt a sharp pain. When the hand released his tongue, John returned to those people who brought him and began to talk as though he was never a mute.

3. THE PRIESTLY-MARTYR AUDAS

Audas was a bishop of the city of Susa. He was beheaded for Christ in the year 418 A.D. in Persia by Emperor Yezdegird. His deacon, St. Benjamin, was released by the tormentors with the understanding that he would never preach the Gospel again. In the beginning he agreed, but Benjamin could not sustain this in his heart and continued to spread the truth of Christ among the people. For this Benjamin was captured and killed three years after St. Audas in the year 421 A.D.

4. THE VENERABLE APOLLONIUS

Apollonius was a renowned Egyptian ascetic. In his fifteenth year he renounced the world and withdrew to a mountain where he lived for forty years feeding on vegetation. After that, he established a monastery in which five-hundred monks lived. He died peacefully in the year 395 A.D.

HYMN OF PRAISE

TRUTH

Know the truth, the Lord commands,

Who knows the truth, himself does not allow to be enslaved.

To the faithful, truth gives freedom,

And by truth, the faithful rule over the world.

Falsehood and bondage are as a source and river,

Falsehood, forever in bondage, holds the liar.

Falsehood is the midnight darkness which leads astray

And by this wayward path leads men into the abyss.

Falsehood shackles one with fear, fear from everyone,

From men and the world and demons evil.

Truth is the light which disperses darkness

And grants freedom to the despondent slave,

Freedom from men, freedom from the world,

Freedom from fear and demons cursed.

Who recognizes truth, freedom, that one receives,

With freedom, even authority over all adversaries.

The cradle for freedom, truth prepares,

For without truth, there is not true freedom.

REFLECTION

St. John of the Ladder says: "He who in his heart is proud of his tears and secretly condemns those who do not weep is like a man who asks the king for a weapon against his enemy and then commits suicide with it" (Step 7). If your heart is softened, be it from repentance before God or be it from knowing the boundless love of God toward you, do not become proud toward those whose hearts are still hard and calloused. Remember how long it has been since you had a hard and calloused heart. There were seven brothers who were ailing in a hospital. One of them was restored to health and rose to his feet. He hurried to serve his other brothers with fraternal love and concern so that they too would recover. You be like that brother also. Consider that all men are your brothers, sick brothers. If you feel that God has given you health before them, know that it was given to you through mercy, so that even you as a healthy person may serve others who are sick. Of what do we have to be proud? As though good health comes from ourselves alone and not from God. As though a mud hole can cleanse itself and not from a source deeper and cleaner.

CONTEMPLATION

To contemplate the Lord Jesus in death:

1. How His body lies peacefully in a grave;

2. How He descended in the Spirit to the souls in Hades in order to redeem the souls of the forefathers.

HOMILY

About joy after sorrow

"So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice" (St. John 16:22).

The father steps up to the gallows and his sons are crying around him. Instead of the sons comforting him, he comforts his sons. Something similar to this happened to the Lord and His disciples. Walking toward His bitter death, the Lord is more saddened because of the grief of His disciples, rather than by that which He has to endure. He caresses them with consolation and encourages them with the prophecy of the new and impending vision: "But I will see you again." This is a prophecy about the resurrection. Many times our Lord prophesied His death, but when He prophesied His death, He also prophesied His resurrection. Nothing unforeseen ever did happen to Him. He did not prophesy about Himself only, but also about them [the disciples]. They will be in great sorrow as a woman when she gives birth and endures pain. As a woman forgets her pain and rejoices when she gives birth "for a child has been born into the world" (St. John 16:22), so will it be with them. In their consciousness Christ the Lord was not completely in the form of the God-Man. As long as they had known Him as a sufferer and mortal man, they only knew Him partially; until then, the pain of birth lasts in their souls. But when they see Him again, resurrected and alive, miraculous and almighty, Lord over all things in heaven and on earth, the pain and sorrow will cease and joy will appear in their hearts. For Christ will be completely formed in their consciousness as the God-Man and then they will know Him in His fullness and in His totality. Only then will He be totally born for them.

So with us brethren, as long as we know Him only from His birth to His death on Golgotha, we know the Lord Jesus partially. We will know Him completely only when we know Him as the Resurrected One, the Victor over death.

O Lord All-victorious, have mercy on us and by Your resurrection cause us to rejoice as You comforted and made joyful Your disciples.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

We've raised
$216,879.56
Our Goal
$200,000.00
Summer Facilities Maintenance - $200,000.00
started 07/12/22

We are happy to report that thanks to your generous response and support, we have met our goal of 200K for the summer facilities maintenance fundraiser. May God abundantly bless all those who have contributed to it.
Thanking you again on behalf of the Monastery Brotherhood, the Seminary administration and the Seminarians!.


+ Bishop Luke 

MONASTERY AND SEMINARY PROJECTS

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HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL FRESCOES RESTORATION PROJECT

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Service Schedule

APRIL 2024
SundaySun MondayMon TuesdayTue WednesdayWed ThursdayThu FridayFri SaturdaySat
Mar 31 (Mar 18)
2nd Sunday of Great Lent
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: wine & oil
1 (Mar 19)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
2 (Mar 20)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
3 (Mar 21)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

5:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
4 (Mar 22)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica

6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
5 (Mar 23)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

4:30 Matins
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
6 (Mar 24)
Saturday of Souls
Forefeast of the Annunciation
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
7 (Mar 25)
3rd Sunday of Great Lent
ANNUNCIATION
NM Tikhon of Moscow

9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: fish, wine & oil
8 (Mar 26)
Archangel Gabriel
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:30 Great Compline
Fast: wine & oil
9 (Mar 27)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
10 (Mar 28)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
10:30 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

7:15 Great Compline
Fast
11 (Mar 29)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
12 (Mar 30)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
4:30 Matins
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
13 (Mar 31)
Saturday of Souls
St Innocent of Moscow
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Divine Liturgy followed by a General Pannykhida
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
14 (Apr 1)
4th Sunday of Great Lent
St Mary of Egypt
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: wine & oil
15 (Apr 2)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
16 (Apr 3)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
17 (Apr 4)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
6:30 Matins
Fast
18 (Apr 5)
Great Canon

8:30 Hours
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

7:15 Great Compline
Fast: wine & oil
19 (Apr 6)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
6:30 Matins

Fast
20 (Apr 7)
Saturday of the Akathist

6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
21 (Apr 8)
5th Sunday of Great Lent
8:00 Midnight Office
9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Vespers, Matins
7:15 Small Compline
Fast: wine & oil
22 (Apr 9)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
23 (Apr 10)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
2:00 Rite of Holy Unction
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
24 (Apr 11)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
5:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
25 (Apr 12)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
6:00 Vespers
7:15 Great Compline
Fast
26 (Apr 13)
5:00 Midnight Office
6:00 Matins, Hours & Typica
11:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
4:30 Vespers & Great Compline
6:30 Matins
Fast
27 (Apr 14)
Lazarus Saturday

6:00 Divine Liturgy
4:00 Communion Rule
7:00 Vigil
Fast: wine & oil
28 (Apr 15)
PALM SUNDAY

9:00 Divine Liturgy
4:30 Vespers & Small Compline
6:30 Matins
Fast: fish, wine, & oil
29 (Apr 16)
Holy Monday
5:00 Morning Prayers and Hours with the reading of the Holy Gospels
10:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
5:00 Great Compline
6:30 Matins
Fast
30 (Apr 17)
Holy Tuesday
5:00 Morning Prayers and Hours with the reading of the Holy Gospels
10:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
5:00 Great Compline
6:30 Matins
Fast
May 1 (Apr 18)
Holy Wednesday
5:00 Morning Prayers and Hours with the reading of the Holy Gospels
8:15 Rite of Forgiveness
10:00 Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
4:00 Small Compline with the Rule for Holy Communion
6:30 Matins
Fast
May 2 (Apr 19)
Holy Thursday
8:00 Canons and Prayers for Holy Communion
9:00 Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great followed by the Washing of the Feet
5:00 Small Compline
6:30 Matins with the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Fast: wine & oil
May 3 (Apr 20)
Holy Friday
8:00 Royal Hours
2:00 Vespers with the Bringing of the Holy Shroud
6:00 Small Compline with the Rule for Holy Communion
Fast: Strict fast
May 4 (Apr 21)
Holy Saturday
2:00 Matins
10:00 Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
8:00 Reading of the Book of Acts of the Apostles
11:15 Midnight Office
Fast: wine
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Holy Trinity Monastery
1407 Robinson Rd.
PO Box 36
Jordanville, NY 13361

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Telephone: (315) 858-0940
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