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What is Orthodox Christianity?

The Orthodox Church was founded on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 2).

Gathered in Jerusalem, the first Christians were led after the death and resurrection of Christ by St. James the Brother of the Lord, commemorated as the first bishop in Christianity. 2,000 years later, St. James' direct successor as Bishop of Jerusalem is the current Greek Orthodox Patriarch - His Beatitude, Patriarch THEOPHILOS.

The Orthodox Church has preserved the original Christian faith unaltered, standing fast and holding "the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or epistle" (2 Thess. 2:15) and earnestly contending "for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3)

We warmly invite you to see Orthodox Christianity for yourself. Please click on "Visit & contact us" in the menu above.

Monasticism

The goal of the monk's life is salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ and, at the same time, communion with God. The means for this communion is prayer, and through his prayer the monk is joined in one spirit with the Lord (I Cor. 6:17).

Prayer is the focal point and foundation of spiritual life and the source of salvation. Without prayer, as St. John Chrysostom says, there is no life in the spirit. Without prayer man is deprived of communion with God and can be compared to a dry and barren tree, which is cut down and thrown into the fire (Matt. 7:19).

We are always looking for faithful interested men who wish to live the Orthodox Christian Monastic life.  To make the community self-supporting we need interested men in the fields of music, carpentry, cooking, research, Orthodox foreign languages and of course the liturgical arts. There is only one way to determine if the monastic life is for you - come and visit. You are welcome to stay in our guest house to experience and immerse yourself in what's called the angelic life.

If you are interested, please email the abbot at

stsabbasorthodoxmonastery@gmail.com.

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