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

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 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

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"And the second commandment of the Teaching; 2. Thou shalt not commit murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not commit paederasty, thou shalt not commit fornication, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not practise magic, thou shalt not practise witchcraft, thou shalt not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten."

Ante-Nicene Fathers: Volume VII, Apostolic Teachings and Constitutions, Chapter II. - The Second Commandment: Gross Sin Forbidden.