Fundraising for Urgent Landslide Repairs

Fundraising for Urgent Landslide Repairs

July 24, 2018 1 Comment

During Holy Week, not one but two serious landslides developed on the Hermitage property: one immediately underneath the guesthouse, and another on the main road across from St. John's House. This latter slide threatens not only the entrance road itself, but also all of the monastery utility lines. The diameter of this slide is approximately 180 feet.

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Two New Shrines in the Monastery Chapel

Two New Shrines in the Monastery Chapel

July 20, 2018

Just in time for the feast of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, two brand new, exquisitely crafted shrines were installed in the Monastery chapel, one each for the Royal Martyrs and the Holy Elders of Optina.

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Tonsure of Monk Basil

Tonsure of Monk Basil

July 03, 2018

On Friday evening, June 29th, we concluded our celebration of the Vigil for St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and prepared for the tonsure of Riassophore-monk Justin to the Mantia and his taking of final vows. The tonsure service began with Fr. Justin being brought in by the other monks, clothed in a white baptismal robe.

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A Pilgrimage to Optina Monastery

A Pilgrimage to Optina Monastery

June 13, 2018

B‌y the grace of God, two Hermitage monks have been given the opportunity to make a pilgrimage this summer to Russia. They departed from the U.S. on May 31st, and spent their first weekend in Moscow visiting the holy sites there. Following this, they travelled to Optina Skete where they spent several weeks living the monastic life there alongside the brethren.

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2018 Summer Newsletter and Pilgrim’s Guide

2018 Summer Newsletter and Pilgrim’s Guide

June 13, 2018

Our 2018 Summer Newsletter has been printed and is mailing now, along with the Pilgrim’s Guide for the 2018 Feast of St. Panteleimon (August 8th & 9th) and Pilgrimage Weekend (September 29th & 30th).

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Submit Names for the Festive St. Panteleimon Molebens

Submit Names for the Festive St. Panteleimon Molebens

June 08, 2018 3 Comments

On Thursday, August 9th, the brethren will celebrate the feast of their beloved heavenly patron, the Holy Great-martyr and Healer Panteleimon. We invite everyone to submit names of the living (Orthodox and non-Orthodox) for prayerful commemoration at this service so that they too may receive the superabundant grace poured out through the intercessions of St. Panteleimon.

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The Visit of the Icon of the Theotokos “Softener of Evil Hearts”

The Visit of the Icon of the Theotokos “Softener of Evil Hearts”

March 22, 2018

On Monday, March 19, the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God, “Softener of Evil Hearts”, arrived at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross. The Icon has been touring in the United States, coming most recently from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington, DC. The brotherhood gathered Monday evening to welcome the Icon with bells, flowers, and a procession into the monastery church, followed by a short Moleben.

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The New St. Ignatius Bakery

The New St. Ignatius Bakery

March 15, 2018

Our bakery is finally up and running full blast, getting dozens of warm, fresh, golden kulichi ready for the Paschal festivities. It is the last room to be completed in the new St. Herman of Alaska building, which also houses the spacious candle factory and comfy community room, where the brothers meet for spiritual talks and fellowship.

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