Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery (Otego, New York)

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'''Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery''' is a [[stavropegial]] [[monastic]] community for women in the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. It is located in Otego, New York.
 
 
The community was founded in 1977 under the auspices of His Beatitude Metropolitan [[Theodosius(Lazar) of Washington|Theodosius]], Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. The [[monastery]] began its existence within the OCA Chancery between 1977 and 1982, moving to rented facilities near [[St._Vladimir%27s_Orthodox_Theological_Seminary_(Crestwood,_New_York)|St. Vladimir's Seminary]] while searching for a permanent place for monastery, which was found and purchased in 1983.  In 1986, along with already existing buildings, a [[chapel]] was built.
 
 
The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. The community publishes a newsletter, "Essays and Notes" with essays on the Christian life written by members as well as by other authors and conducts numerous retreats. it also maintains a mail order catalog and online store for those who require books, icons and other selected items for Churches and homes, including embroidered items from the "Myrrhbearers Arab Orthodox Society of Jerusalem."  The monastery also runs a farm with flocks of sheep and goats and produces prayer ropes from the wool.  Guests may be given permission to work on the farm and with the animals when this is healing for them and helpful for the monastery. 
 
<!--To support the community the women run the ...-->
 
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{{monastery|
 
name=Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery|
 
name=Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery|
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founded=1977|
 
founded=1977|
 
superior=Abbess Raphaela|
 
superior=Abbess Raphaela|
size=6 nuns|
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size=6 [[nun]]s|
 
hq=Otego, New York|
 
hq=Otego, New York|
 
language=unknown|
 
language=unknown|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
feasts=[[Myrrhbearers Sunday]], the second Sunday after [[Pascha]]|
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feasts=[[Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women|Myrrhbearers Sunday]], the second [[Sunday]] after [[Pascha]]|
 
website=[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/ Official website]
 
website=[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/ Official website]
 
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'''Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery''' is a [[stavropegial]] [[monastic]] community for women in the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. It is located in Otego, New York.
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The community was founded in 1977 under the auspices of His Beatitude [[Metropolitan]] [[Theodosius(Lazar) of Washington|Theodosius]], [[Archbishop]] of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. The [[monastery]] began its existence within the OCA Chancery between 1977 and 1982, moving to rented facilities near [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Seminary]] while searching for a permanent place for monastery, which was found and purchased in 1983.  In 1986, along with already existing buildings, a [[chapel]] was built.
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The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a [[Christ]]-centered [[prayer]] life for the monastic members. The community publishes a newsletter, ''Essays and Notes'', with essays on the Christian life written by members as well as by other authors and conducts numerous retreats. It also maintains a mail-order catalog and online store for those who require books, [[icon]]s and other selected items for churches and [[Icons and Home Items|homes]], including embroidered items from the "Myrrhbearers Arab Orthodox Society of Jerusalem."  The monastery also runs a farm with flocks of sheep and goats and produces [[prayer rope]]s from the wool.  Guests may be given permission to work on the farm and with the animals when this is healing for them and helpful for the monastery.  <!--To support the community the women run the ...--><!--Currently the community is developing plans to build ...-->
  
==Daily Life==
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==Daily life==
5am - Matins and First Hour.
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5am - [[Matins]] and [[Hours|First Hour]].
 
:Breakfast, chores, quiet time.
 
:Breakfast, chores, quiet time.
 
9am - Third Hour.
 
9am - Third Hour.
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3pm - Ninth Hour.
 
3pm - Ninth Hour.
 
:Work time.
 
:Work time.
5pm - Vespers.
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5pm - [[Vespers]].
 
:Supper.
 
:Supper.
7pm - Compline.
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7pm - [[Compline]].
 
:Quiet time.
 
:Quiet time.
  
 
==Timeline==
 
==Timeline==
*1977 - Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery begins, marked with Liturgy in St Sergius of Radonezh Chapel, at the OCA Chancery, celebrated by Fr Thomas Hopko.
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*1977 - Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery begins, marked with [[Liturgy]] in St. [[Sergius of Radonezh]] Chapel, at the OCA Chancery, celebrated by Fr. [[Thomas Hopko]].
::During time at Chancery, the Sisterhood was able to visit other monasteries, including the [[Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God (Bussy, France)|Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God]] in Bussy, France.
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::During time at Chancery, the Sisterhood is able to visit other monasteries, including the [[Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God (Bussy, France)|Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God]] in Bussy, France.
::Also during this time, the Monastery developed a full cycle of monastic services, including the compilation of the [[Horologion]], [[Octoechos]], [[Triodion]], [[Pentecostarion]] and [[Menaion]].
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::Also during this time, the monastery develops a full cycle of monastic services, including the compilation of the [[Horologion]], [[Octoechos]], [[Triodion]], [[Pentecostarion]], and [[Menaion]].
*1982 - Monastery received blessing from Metrop. Theodosius to move into rented quarters near St. Vladimir's Seminary.  In the same year, the Sisterhood looked for a more permanent place of residence.
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*1982 - Monastery receives blessing from Metr. Theodosius to move into rented quarters near St. Vladimir's [[Seminary]].  In the same year, the Sisterhood look for a more permanent place of residence.
::During this time, the Sisterhood became incorporated, found sources of income and became independant.  A mail order business was begun.
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::During this time, the Sisterhood becomes incorporated, finds sources of income, and becomes independent.  A mail-order business is begun.
*1983 - The Sisterhood found and purchased a property; through a series of events (or miracles), the Monastery pays off the $55,000 property after having saved only $5,000.
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*1983 - The Sisterhood find and purchase a property; through a series of events (or [[miracle]]s), the monastery pays off the $55,000 property after having saved only $5,000.
*1986 - Ss. Peter & Paul Church, joined by St. Basil Church and Dormition Church offer to build a monastery chapel.
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*1986 - Ss. [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] & [[Apostle Paul|Paul]] Church, joined by St. [[Basil the Great|Basil]] Church and [[Dormition]] Church, offer to build a monastery chapel.
*~1987 - Chapel finished, then consecrated by Metrop. Theodosius.  Mother Raphaela becomes first abbess.
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*c.1987 - Chapel is completed, then [[consecration|consecrated]] by Metr. Theodosius.  Mother Raphaela becomes first abbess.
*~1988 - St. Michael's donates funds to create memorial prayer garden.
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*c.1988 - St. Michael's donates funds to create memorial prayer garden.
*1991 - Property adjoining monastery purchased, including an old house.
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*1991 - Property adjoining monastery is purchased, including an old house.
*1995 - Old house begun renovation.
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*1995 - Renovation of the old house begins.
*1997 - Renovation complete; now a guesthouse.
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*1997 - Renovation is complete; now a guesthouse.
*1998 - Monastery building project finished.
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*1998 - Monastery building project is finished.
*2002 - In connection with the monastery's twenty-fifth anniversary, a portico entryway, visually joining the chapel with the monastery wing, a deck, and a kiosk to hold the six bells cast for the monastery in Russia were all completed.
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*2002 - In connection with the monastery's twenty-fifth anniversary, a portico entryway, visually joining the chapel with the monastery wing, a deck, and a kiosk to hold the six bells cast for the monastery in Russia are all completed.
::Future plans include paying off the mortgage on the new building, installing a permanent monastery sign, privacy fence for an outdoor cloistered area and fencing for the garden.
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::Future plans include paying off the mortgage on the new building and installing a permanent monastery sign, privacy fence for an outdoor cloistered area, and fencing for the garden.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/ Website of Monastery]
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*[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/ Website of monastery]
 
*[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/holy_myrrhbearers_1977_-_2002.htm History of Monastery 1977-2002]
 
*[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/holy_myrrhbearers_1977_-_2002.htm History of Monastery 1977-2002]
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*[http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv Online store of monastery]
  
 
[[Category:American Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:American Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:OCA Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:OCA Monasteries]]

Revision as of 06:26, January 25, 2006

Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery
Jurisdiction OCA
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1977
Superior Abbess Raphaela
Approx. size 6 nuns
Location Otego, New York
Liturgical language(s) unknown
Music used Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated Myrrhbearers Sunday, the second Sunday after Pascha
Official website Official website

Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery is a stavropegial monastic community for women in the Orthodox Church in America. It is located in Otego, New York.

The community was founded in 1977 under the auspices of His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. The monastery began its existence within the OCA Chancery between 1977 and 1982, moving to rented facilities near St. Vladimir's Seminary while searching for a permanent place for monastery, which was found and purchased in 1983. In 1986, along with already existing buildings, a chapel was built.

The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. The community publishes a newsletter, Essays and Notes, with essays on the Christian life written by members as well as by other authors and conducts numerous retreats. It also maintains a mail-order catalog and online store for those who require books, icons and other selected items for churches and homes, including embroidered items from the "Myrrhbearers Arab Orthodox Society of Jerusalem." The monastery also runs a farm with flocks of sheep and goats and produces prayer ropes from the wool. Guests may be given permission to work on the farm and with the animals when this is healing for them and helpful for the monastery.

Daily life

5am - Matins and First Hour.

Breakfast, chores, quiet time.

9am - Third Hour.

House meeting, work time.

Noon - Sixth Hour.

Lunch, work, personal time.

3pm - Ninth Hour.

Work time.

5pm - Vespers.

Supper.

7pm - Compline.

Quiet time.

Timeline

During time at Chancery, the Sisterhood is able to visit other monasteries, including the Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God in Bussy, France.
Also during this time, the monastery develops a full cycle of monastic services, including the compilation of the Horologion, Octoechos, Triodion, Pentecostarion, and Menaion.
  • 1982 - Monastery receives blessing from Metr. Theodosius to move into rented quarters near St. Vladimir's Seminary. In the same year, the Sisterhood look for a more permanent place of residence.
During this time, the Sisterhood becomes incorporated, finds sources of income, and becomes independent. A mail-order business is begun.
  • 1983 - The Sisterhood find and purchase a property; through a series of events (or miracles), the monastery pays off the $55,000 property after having saved only $5,000.
  • 1986 - Ss. Peter & Paul Church, joined by St. Basil Church and Dormition Church, offer to build a monastery chapel.
  • c.1987 - Chapel is completed, then consecrated by Metr. Theodosius. Mother Raphaela becomes first abbess.
  • c.1988 - St. Michael's donates funds to create memorial prayer garden.
  • 1991 - Property adjoining monastery is purchased, including an old house.
  • 1995 - Renovation of the old house begins.
  • 1997 - Renovation is complete; now a guesthouse.
  • 1998 - Monastery building project is finished.
  • 2002 - In connection with the monastery's twenty-fifth anniversary, a portico entryway, visually joining the chapel with the monastery wing, a deck, and a kiosk to hold the six bells cast for the monastery in Russia are all completed.
Future plans include paying off the mortgage on the new building and installing a permanent monastery sign, privacy fence for an outdoor cloistered area, and fencing for the garden.

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