Hermitage of the Holy Cross (Wayne, West Virginia)

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Revision as of 13:16, December 6, 2005

The Hermitage of the Holy Cross is a monastic community for men in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. It is located in Wayne, West Virginia.

The community was founded in September 1986 by Hieromonk Kallistos as an English-language dependancy on Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville. It presently holds 16 monks, all converts.

The community consists of men living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. To support the community the monks, by hand, write icons and make soap, incense, icon shelves, prayer desks and other liturgical items.

Holy Cross Skete
Jurisdiction ROCOR
Type Male Monastery
Founded 1986
Superior Archim. George, spiritual father
Approx. size 16
Location Wayne, West Virginia
Liturgical language(s) English
Music used Russian Chant
Calendar Julian
Feastdays celebrated 14/27 Sep
Official website Official Website

Brief History

  • 1986 Sep: Holy Cross Hermitage founded by Hieromonk Kallistos in House Springs, Missouri.
  • 1992: Hieromonk Kallistos reposes.
  • 1999: Brotherhood has doubled in size since founding; all cells are filled. Monastery could not expand due to surrounding city development.
Summer: Surrounding city development solves its own problem for the monastery, with authorities requiring a major highway to go through the monastery. An alternate piece of land is offered in West Virginia.
  • 2000 May 25: Move to Wayne, West Virginia, accomplished.
  • 2005: Igumen George, spiritual father of hermitage, elevated to Archimandrite.

Daily Life

  • 3:30am: Arise
  • 4:00am: Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Third Hour, Sixth Hour, Divine Liturgy.
  • 7:00am: Quiet time (for prayer rule or spiritual reading)
  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:30am: Morning work period
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:30pm: Afternoon work period
  • 5:00pm: Ninth Hour, Vespers.
  • 5:45pm: Supper
  • 6:00pm: Compline

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