Welcome to the first Greek Orthodox women's monastery in the Americas, founded in 1989. Dedicated to the Birth of the Mother of God, The Theotokos, the Monastery celebrates Her feast day on September 8th.
The Lenten Triodion Begins in Preparation for The Great Lent
This pre-Lenten period is set aside by the Holy Fathers of the Church to begin to prepare us for the journey of the Great Lent - a struggle to attain humility and repentance.
SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE - FEBRUARY 17TH - a Lesson in Humility
“and Jesus spoke this parable: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:9-15
+ St. Nikolai Velimirovich: On the Prayer of the Pharisee
“Here is what the Pharisee says: “God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are.” He is not, in fact, thanking God for this, acknowledging that it is God’s doing that he is not as other men. No; the words: “God, I thank Thee … ” are nothing more than an exclamation, a flattering approach to God so that God will listen to his boast. For, from all that he says, he is not thanking God for anything. Everything that he says about himself is expressed as his own doing, achieved without God’s help. He will not say that he is not an extortioner, an unjust man, an adulterer or a tax-collector because God has preserved him from this by His power and His mercy. In no way; but only because he is what he is in his own assessment: a man of such exceptional type and worth that he has no peer in the whole world.” This Pharisee did not come to the Temple with a whole and healthy soul, to boast of his health, but as a man seriously ill with unrighteousness who, in the delirium of his sickness, no longer knows he is ill.”
+ St. Gregory Palamas: On the Prayer of the Publican
“He would not lift up so much as his eyes towards heaven. Why not? The eyes are the mirror of the soul. The soul’s sins can be read in the eyes. Do you not see every day that, when a man sins, his eyes are lowered before men. How can the eyes of a sinner not be lowered before God the all-Seeing. Lo, every sin committed before men is committed before God, and there is no sin on earth that does not affect God. A true man of prayer is aware of this and is filled, along with humility, with shame before God. This is why it says: he would not lift up so much as his eyes towards heaven.”
SCHEDULE OF REGULAR CHURCH SERVICES
MONDAY - SATURDAY:
7:00 a.m. Pre-Communion Prayers followed by Divine Liturgy 5:00 p.m. 9th Hour, Vespers, Small Compline
7:00 a.m. Messoniktiko, Orthos, followed by Divine Liturgy (9:00 a.m.) 5:00 p.m. 9th Hour, Vespers, Small Compline