New Icons Installed on Iconostasis

Sunday, March 22 / March 9 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Veneration of the Holy Cross Photo of the Day: Our newly acquired icons have now been installed in the iconostasis of our monastery’s temple. They were painted by Matushka Ann Margitich, wife of Archpriest Lawrence, rector of Saint Seraphim of Sarav Church in Santa Rosa, California. Matushka Ann…

The Grave of Archimandrite Dimitry

Saturday, March 21 / March 8 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day The grave of the Ever Memorable Archimandrite Dimitry of Santa Rosa, my late spiritual father. I always visit his grave in  Healdsburg, California, located just north of Santa Rosa, when traveling up Highway 101, on my return trip to the monastery. Saints of the…

Matushka Ann Margitich, iconographer

Friday, March 20 / March 7 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Matushka Ann Margitich (Saint Seraphim Church, Santa Rosa, CA)  together with the icons she has written for our Monastery’s iconostasis. Saints of the Day March 7 / 20. Hieromartyr of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathadorus. St. Paul the Confessor, Bishop…

Thursday, March 19 / March 6 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Temple in black and white. Saints of the Day March 6 / 19. The 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, including Constantine, Aetius, Theophilus, Theodore, Melissenus, Callistus, Basoes and others. St. Arcadius, monk of Cyprus. Monk-martyrs Conon and his son Conon of Iconium. The…

Holy Virgin Cathedral

Wednesday, March 18 / March 5 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Holy Virgin, Joy of All Who Sorrow, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, San Francisco, CA., site of the Lenten Pastoral Conference. Saints of the Day March 5 / 18. Martyr Conon of Isauria. Martyr Conon the Gardener of Pamphylia. Virgin Martyr Irais (Rhais) of Antinoe in…

Holy Protection Temple

Tuesday, March 17 / March 4 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Protection of the Holy Virgin Monastery Church, with the yet to be completed “Way of a Pilgrim” bookstore on the left. Saints of the Day March 4 / 17. St. Gerasimus of the Jordan. Martyrs Paul, his sister Juliana, and Quadratus, Acacius, and Stratonicus,…

Holy Virgin Cathedral

Monday, March 16 / March 3 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day March 3 / 16. Martyr Eutropius of Amasea, and with him Martyrs Cleonicus and Basiliscus. RR. Zeno and Zoilus. St. Piama, virgin, and St. Alexandra, of Alexandria. St. Caluppan of Auvergne (Gaul). (Greek Calendar: Hieromartyr Theodoretus of Antioch. Thought for the Day I arrived…

Sunday, March 15 / March 2 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saint Gregory Palamas Saints of the Day March 2 / 15. Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Cyrenia. St. Arsenius, Bishop of Tver. St. Agatho of Egypt, monk. Martyr Troadius of Neo-Caesarea. Virgin Martyr Euthalia of Sicily. 440 Martyrs slain by the Lombards. Saints Sabbas and Barsanuphius, abbots of Tver.…

Deacon's Doors Nearing Completion!

Saturday, March 14 / March 1 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Commemoration of the Departed Saints of the Day March 1 / 14. Martyr Eudocia of Heliopolis. Martyrs Nestor, Tribimius, Marcellus, and Anthony of Perge in Pamphylia. Martyr Antonina of Nicaea in Bithynia. Virgin Domnina of Syria. St. Agapius of Vatopedi on Mt. Athos. St. Martyrius, monk of Zelenetsk…

The Monastery's Trapeza

Friday, March 13 / February 28 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 28 / March 13. St. Basil the Confessor, companion of St. Procopius at Decapolis. Saints Marina, Cyra, and Domnica (Domnina), nuns of Syria. Hieromartyr Proterius, Patriarch of Alexandria. Hieromartyr Nestor, Bishop of Magydos in Pamphilia. Apostles Nymphas and Eubulus. Blessed Nicholas of Salos…

Metropolitan Laurus Library

Thursday, March 12 / February 27 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 27 / March 12. St. Procopius the confessor of Decapolis. St. Titus, presbyter of the Kiev Caves. St. Thalalaeus, hermit of Syria. Martyr Gelasius the Actor of Heliopolis. St. Stephen, monk of Constantinople. St. Titus the Soldier, of the Kiev Caves. St. Pitirim,…

Wednesday, March 11 / February 26 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 26 / March 11. St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza. St. Sebastian, monk of Poshekhonye. New-Martyr John Calphas (‘the Apprentice’) at Constantinople. (Greek Calendar: St. Photina the Samaritan Woman and her sisters Anatola, Phota, Photis, Parasceva, and Cyriaca; her sons Photinus and Joses; and…