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

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34