Friday, June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011 / May 21, 2011

Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone five.
Fast. Fish Allowed
The Meeting of the "Vladimir" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (was established to commemorate the deliverance of Moscow from an invasion of Tatars led by Khan Makhmet-Girei in 1521). Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine (337) and Helen, his mother (327). St. Constantine (1205) and his children Sts. Michael and Theodore, wonderworkers of Murom. Uncovering of the relics of Blessed Andrew of Symbiksk (1998).
Venerable Cassian the Greek, monk, of Uglich (1504). Synaxis of Hieromartyrs of Kerel. Synaxis of Hieromartyrs of Ufa. Honour list of Icon of the Mother of God "Virgin of Tenderness" from Pskov-Pechersk (1524), Zaonikievsky (1588), Krasnogorsk, or Chernogorsk (1603), Oransk (1634). Venerable Agapitus, abbot of Markushev (Vologda) (1578).
St. Basil, bishop of Ryazan (1295).
St. Hospicius of Trier (Gaul).
New Martyr Pachomius of Patmos (Mt. Athos) (1730) (Greek).
Hieromartyr Secundus and those with him in Alexandria (356).
St. Cyril, bishop of Rostov (1262).
St. Helen of Dechani, Serbia (1350).

Words from the Abbot:

A recent visitor observed that  the monastery was "overwhelmingly beautiful, and emanating a peace," he'd not felt before. Upon entering the temple, he said he felt as though he'd just taken in a glimpse of heaven, and sensed the presence, and the holiness, of God.
As Orthodox Christians, we have always known that our monasteries and churches, should impart the beauty of our mystical theology, and the holiness of God. Beauty is from God, and our temples, our worship, and the very way we try to live our lives, gives witness to the beauty that is God. Is it any wonder, that so many who've converted to Orthodoxy, were first drawn to the beauty of Her worship, and Her temples?
This beauty aids in bringing about an inner transformation, that prepares us for eternity in the presence of God. The importance of beauty to we Orthodox, is so central to our faith, that we often refer to the Holy Doors, those central doors on the iconostasis, leading into the altar, as "The Beautiful Gates," for they symbolically open into paradise.
As Orthodox Christians believe that when we partake of the services, we enter into a place where there is neither time, nor space, and are mystically transported into the very presence of God. Heaven is not just a place in the future, but is experience in the here and now. This beauty we experience, is a touch of the eternal beauty, that is our true inheritance.
With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon


Photos of the Day:

Photos of scenes around the monastery.


Scripture Readings for the Day:

Acts 19:1-8
Paul at Ephesus
 1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.
8 And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
John 14:1-11
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Father Revealed
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

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