Newberry Springs, CA (Nov. 15, 2006) - On the evening of October 17, 2006, and with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop John Michael, Abbot Nicholas canonically established Holy Theophany Monastery as a dependency of Holy Resurrection Monastery. The decree of establishment was read and signed by Abbot Nicholas and witnessed by the four nuns who make up the sisterhood in the presence of a small congregation of the faithful. Father Lee Perry from the nearby Ruthenian parish of St. George also attended.

After signing the decree, Fr. Nicholas presided at the All-Night Vigil (Great Vespers and Festal Orthros) for the Feast of St. Luke, Apostle and Evangelist. The Vigil was served by Fr. Abraham Miller of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic parish of Zarvanitsya in Seattle who is the chaplain for the sisters. A lovely dinner was served after the service.

The next morning, the beautiful rite of Installation of the Holy Antimension was served by Abbot Nicholas and assisted by Fr. Abraham. Afterward, Divine Liturgy was celebrated on the new antimension. Present at this time were Abbot Neal Roth, OSB and Brother Francis Meyer, OSB, both from nearby St. Martin’s Abbey, and Fr. Peter Dally and Pani Mary in addition to a small assembly of faithful. Again, Sr. Irene served a wonderful brunch in the monastery trapeza.

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Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our holy fathers have renounced all other spiritual work and concentrated wholly on this one doing, that is, on guarding the heart, convinced that, through this practice, they would easily attain every other virtue, whereas without it not a single virtue can be firmly established.

St. Symeon the New Theologian