Welcome to the first Greek Orthodox women's monastery in the Americas, founded in 1989. Dedicated to the Birth of the Mother of God, The Theotokos, the Monastery celebrates Her feast day on September 8th.
Lenten Sermon (excerpt)of Saint John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1896 - 1966)
"The doors of repentance are opening, Great Lent is beginning. Every year Great Lent is repeated, and each time it brings us great benefit if we spend it as we should. It is a preparation for the life to come and, more immediately, a preparation for the Bright Resurrection.
Just as a stairway is built into a tall building in order to enable one, by climbing the steps, to easily reach the top, so too, the various days in the year serve as steps for our spiritual ascent. This is especially true of the days of Great Lent and Holy Pascha.
By means of Great Lent we cleanse ourselves of the filth of sin, and at Holy Pascha we experience the blessedness of Christ’s Kingdom that is to come. In climbing a high mountain, one tries to eliminate all unnecessary weight. The less a person carries, the easier it is for him to climb and the higher he is able to climb. So, too, in order to ascend spiritually, it is necessary first of all to free oneself from the weight of sin. This weight is lifted from us through repentance, provided that we banish from ourselves all enmity and forgive each person whom we consider to be at fault before us. Once cleansed and forgiven by God, we then greet the Bright Resurrection of Christ." (Translated into English by G. Spruksts from the Russian text appearing in “Pravoslavnaya Rus‘”(“Orthodox Rus’”), No. 7, 1996, p.5.
We pray that all of you have a very blessed Great Lent. Καλή Τεσσαρακοστή!