Hermitage of the Holy Cross (Wayne, West Virginia)

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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 19 monks, most of whom are 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 Bishop George of Mayfield, rector
Approx. size 19
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.
  • 2008: December 7: Archimandrite George is consecrated Bishop of Mayfield.
  • 2009: May: The Hermitage receives independence from Holy Trinity Monastery. Bishop George is elected as rector of the Hermitage.
  • 2011: Hermitage of the Holy Cross celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Daily Life

Weekday Schedule

  • 5:00 am - Midnight Office, Veneration of Icons, Hours, & Liturgy (or Typica)
  • 7:30 am - Optional Buffet Breakfast in silence, quiet time for prayer rule & spiritual reading
  • 8:30 am - Morning Work Period
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 am - Afternoon Work Period
  • 5:00 pm - Supper
  • 5:30 pm - Vespers, Matins, 1st Hour, & Veneration of Icons
  • 9:00 pm - Silence

Sunday & Vigil-rank Feast Schedule

Evening before

  • 5:00 pm - Supper
  • 6:30 pm - Vigil

Sunday or Feast Day

  • 9:00 am - Hours & Liturgy with meal following
  • 5:00 pm - Supper
  • 5:30 pm - Vespers, Matins, 1st Hour, & Veneration of Icons
  • 9:00 pm - Silence

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