All-Merciful Saviour Monastery (Vashon Island, Washington)

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Revision as of 11:45, September 26, 2008

Monastery of the All-Merciful Saviour
Jurisdiction ROCOR Western America
Type Male Monastery
Founded 1986
Superior Hieromonk Tryphon
Approx. size 5 members
Location Vashon Island, Washington
Liturgical language(s) English
Music used Russian Chant; Valaam-style Znamenny Chant
Calendar Julian
Feastdays celebrated 14 August/1 August
Official website Official website


All-Merciful Savior Monastery is a monastic community of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and is the only male monastery in Washington state. It was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dmitri in California, and in 1988, under the leadership of Hieromonk Tryphon, moved to Vashon Island, Washington. The monastery was formerly part of the OCA, but is now under the omophorion of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco.

Starting in 1995, islanders Georgia and John Ratzenberger ("Cliff" from the US television series "Cheers") began donating land to the monastery. In 1999, to protect the solitude of the monastery, the benefactors enabled the brotherhood to purchase an adjacent piece of land and save it from development. Along with an adjacent, publicly-owned 40 acre watershed, the monastery is quietly secluded in the forests of Maury Island.

In 1997 (?), after the Brotherhood began selling coffee, CEO Howard Shultz of Starbucks Corporation sued for trademark violation of their coffee "Christmas Blend," as the brotherhood distributed a product with the same name. The brotherhood won the court case and also gained so much fame from the case to raise funds to begin building their katholikon, the Chapel of the Protection of the Holy Theotokos. The story is featured in the film This Land.

Daily Life

Sundays

  • Hours 9:40am
  • Divine Liturgy 10am
  • Vespers 5pm

Daily

  • Midnight Office 6am
  • Vespers 5pm

This schedule is subject to change as required, and visitors are invited to call the monastery to confirm service times.


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