O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen. Lenten prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian
Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain During his period of slavery, Patrick acquired a proficiency in the Irish language which was very useful to him in his later mission. He prayed during his [...]
On the first Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate the restoration of the Holy Icons. Following a period of unrest, due to the iconoclastic controversy within the church, Empress Theodora and her son Michael III under Patriarch Methodios held a synod and restored the holy icons and their veneration on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." “As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has [...]
Please take note that "Forgiveness Vespers" will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th 2019.
Father Athenagoras will not be at the Monastery on February 23rd 2019 for confession. From the Holy Monastery Η ημερομηνία ελεύσεως του Π. Αθηναγόρα στην Ιερά Μονή για εξομολόγηση ακυρώνεται. Εκ της Ιεράς Μονής
On Saturday, February 23rd 2019, memory of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, the V. Rev. Father Athenagoras Ziliaskopoulos, from Toronto, will once again be visiting the Monastery to offer the sacrament of confession, following the Divine Liturgy. From the Holy Monastery
It is remarkable that, however much we trouble about our health, however much care we take of ourselves, whatever wholesome and pleasant food and drink we take, however much we walk in the fresh air, still, notwithstanding all this, in the end we sicken and corrupt; whilst the saints, who despise the flesh, and mortify it by continual abstinence and fasting, by lying on the bare earth, by watchfulness, labours, unceasing prayer, make both their souls and bodies immortal. [...]
Abba Anthony said, "I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?". Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility".
Please take note that Divine Liturgy will not be celebrated tomorrow, Saturday December 29th 2018.