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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