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.
Icon of the Mother of God, "Softener of Evil Hearts"- from Moscow
Our Monastery is being blessed with a visitation of the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts” (celebrated on February 2nd The Presentation of Christ – Ypapanti). The Icon is also called the Prophecy of Simon since St. Symeon said to The Theotokos, upon the presentation of Our Lord in the temple:
"Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sin which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
The Icon can be venerated at the Monastery during these hours: Monday, March 26th from10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 a.m. for Presanctified Liturgy until 10:00 a.m.
In 1999, at the glorification of Matrona “the Blind” of Moscow, Anastasia Basharinaya, the daughter of Margarita Vorobyeva, both of Bachurino, a village on the outskirts of Moscow, placed a lithographic icon of the Mother of God “Softening of Evil Hearts” on the saint’s reliquary. Later this ordinary printed icon, mounted on wood and produced at the Sofrino factory near Moscow, began exuding myrrh in their apartment. In time the miracle began attracting visitors to their home and invitations to various churches. Sergei Leonidovich Fomin, Margarita’s husband is the guardian of the Icon and accompanies the Icon when the Icon makes visitations outside of Moscow.
All who come with prayer to the “Softening of Evil Hearts” icon will feel a softening of the heart, “Sufferings of the soul and body are made well. If you pray for your enemies before it, their hostile thoughts will depart, leaving in their place a more generous feeling of mercy. People have witnessed not only cures of evil and envy, but the icon performs miracles for the health of our body as well.
Lenten Sermon (excerpt)of Saint John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1896 - 1966)
"The doors of repentance are opening, Great Lent is beginning. Every year Great Lent is repeated, and each time it brings us great benefit if we spend it as we should. It is a preparation for the life to come and, more immediately, a preparation for the Bright Resurrection.
Just as a stairway is built into a tall building in order to enable one, by climbing the steps, to easily reach the top, so too, the various days in the year serve as steps for our spiritual ascent. This is especially true of the days of Great Lent and Holy Pascha.
By means of Great Lent we cleanse ourselves of the filth of sin, and at Holy Pascha we experience the blessedness of Christ’s Kingdom that is to come. In climbing a high mountain, one tries to eliminate all unnecessary weight. The less a person carries, the easier it is for him to climb and the higher he is able to climb. So, too, in order to ascend spiritually, it is necessary first of all to free oneself from the weight of sin. This weight is lifted from us through repentance, provided that we banish from ourselves all enmity and forgive each person whom we consider to be at fault before us. Once cleansed and forgiven by God, we then greet the Bright Resurrection of Christ." (Translated into English by G. Spruksts from the Russian text appearing in “Pravoslavnaya Rus‘”(“Orthodox Rus’”), No. 7, 1996, p.5.
We pray that all of you have a very blessed Great Lent. Καλή Τεσσαρακοστή!