Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery (Williston, Florida)

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Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery
Jurisdiction Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Type Male Monastery
Founded 1998
Superior Archim. Polycarp
Approx. size 10 monks
Location Williston, Florida
Liturgical language(s) Greek
Music used Byzantine chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated July 2, December 5, 5th Sunday in Lent
Official website

Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery is a monastic community for men in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It is located in Williston, Florida.

Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery
The community was founded in 1998 by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. The original monks came from St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery in Arizona, as well as the holy Monastery of Philotheou on Mount Athos.

The monastery lies on a beautiful property with rolling hills, in an area of Florida known for its Spanish moss covered live-oak trees, horse farms, and horse-training facilities. The property was originally a sugar plantation.

The monks support themselves by making beeswax candles as well as maintaining a bookstore and giftshop. The monastery is dedicated to the Theotokos and is named after the famous historical church of the Panagia of Blachernae in Constantinople.

The monastery celebrates its major feast day on July 2, the feast of the Deposition of the Sacred Robe of the Theotokos at Vlahernes. In addition, twice a year it celebrates the feast day of St. Sava the New of Kalymnos (December 5 and 5th Sunday of Great Lent). All services are in Greek and follow the Athonite typicon.

On April 15, 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta ordained the abbot, monk Modestos, to the diaconate and gave him the name Polycarp. On the following day, April 16, 2016, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood and was officially enthroned as abbot of the monastery.

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