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Troparion to Saints Peter and Paul
Tone 4
Leaders of the Apostles and teachers of the world, pray to the Master of all to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls.
Kontakion to Saints Peter and Paul
Tone 2
Thou hast taken the firm and divinely inspired Preachers, O Lord, the leading Apostles, for the enjoyment of Thy blessings and for repose. For Thou hast accepted their labors and death as above every burnt offering, O Thou Who alone knowest the secrets of our hearts.

There will be Vespers, Matins and the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Wednesday night, July 11 (June 28), from 6:00 to 9:30 pm.  Guests and friends of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” are welcome to join the sisters for this Great Feast of the Church.

By God’s blessing the Sisters have found this perfect property to establish an Orthodox monastery. Yet, they need approximately $2 million to secure the property. Any funds you could give will have a major impact.  Please make a pledge and/or gift to help make this possible.  Read and fill out the pledge card included at this link and send in a donation today. Help the Sisters secure this haven and be a light to the world. For “as angels are a light to monks, monastics are a light to those in the world.” (St. John Climacus) and this light illuminates the path to God and to the salvation of our souls. Be a part of this new beginning by making a monetary donation, donating frequent flyer miles or by remembering the monastery in your will. What a rare blessing and honor it is to partake in the founding of a monastery!

Your Impact………….

$1,000,000 will secure the 130 acres
$500,000 will transform the church into an Orthodox worship space
$500,000 will restore the manor house
$300,000 will provide the residence with cells for the nuns
$100,000 will update the kitchen
$50,000 will renovate the main refectory
$50,000 will equip the barn
$50,000 will refurbish the water system
$50,000 will develop the ponds and fish farm
$25,000 will furnish one of the ten reception or conference rooms
$10,000 will renovate one of the 28 guestrooms
$8,000 is equivalent to one acre of productive farmland
$3,600 ($100/month for 3 years) corresponds to one acre of land that is not farmed, but is among the rolling hills that make this place perfect for a monastery

From Abbess Aemiliane…………..

Dear Friends of the Monastery,
Friends of Monasticism,
Friends of God,

Our hearts overflow with gratitude to God and to you, finding ourselves in a wonderful place He prepared for His Mother’s monastery, fortified by your faith, prayers and vision, sustained by your sacrificial efforts and gifts.

Depending on His will each moment, we are committed to stay here forever to serve Him and you. Without Him we can do nothing, and without you we can do nothing, for you are His, and we are yours.

Please include us in your daily prayers. Please help us as the Lord enlightens you.

Please “Come and see!”
You are very welcome!

Abbess Aemiliane, and the Sisters with me in Christ

Your Pledge………

You may choose to give a one-time gift immediately, or give part of your gift now and the rest of it over the next 3 years.  You may make your gift monthly, quarterly, annually or in another way.  You may also choose to give gifts of appreciated property (stocks and bonds, Real Estate, vehicles, collectibles, etc) which could be transferred to the monastery for their use or for them to sell.

Please include your prayer requests with your Pledge Card so the sisters may continue to pray for you and your loved ones!

What next……………..

Mail this form and a check payable to “Holy Monastery Entrance of the Theotokos” to 9002 Clemonsville Rd, Union Bridge, MD 21791. Donations can also be made at the Donations Tab at EntranceOfTheTheotokos.org.
After you return this pledge card, Abbess Aemiliane will respond with a thank you note that confirms the details of your gift. Your donation is tax deductible.

Tolling bells call all to the chapel for prayer and the quiet voices chanting ancient hymns swell to fill the air. The frogs and birds sing their own Matins service as the morning mist blanketing the lush rolling hills imitates the lingering heavenly-fragrance inside the church.

Welcome to a morning at the newly-settled Entrance of the Theotokos Monastery.

At the link below is the  first issue of the monthly newsletter by the Friends of the Monastery, we hope you will become enthused, joyous and share in the blessings God has bestowed upon the Sisters. Enter into their daily life and stay updated with the happenings and events of the monastery with this publication, the friends’ website (http://entranceofthetheotokos.org) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/EntranceMonastery)!

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS NEWSLETTER IN IT’S ENTIRETY.

The Ascension of our Lord
Troparion – Tone 4
O Christ God, You have ascended in Glory,
Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured
That You are the Son of God,
The Redeemer of the world!

There will be a Vigil and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension, tomorrow night, Wednesday May 23, beginning at 7:30 pm.  Guests and friends of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” are welcome to join the sisters for this Great Feast of the Church.

(Mid-week Liturgies will only take place when announced, but the Divine Liturgy is to be celebrated on Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 9:00 unless otherwise announced.)

Troparion to the Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon (Tone 7)
From thy holy icon, O Lady Theotokos,
blessed myrrh has flowed abundantly.
Thou hast thereby consoled those in exile faithful unto thee,
and hast enlightened the unbelievers by thy Son’s light.
Therefore, O Lady, with tears we bow down to thee.
Be merciful unto us in the hour of judgment.
Lest having received thy mercy, we be punished
as those who have been contemptuous of it.
But grant us through thy prayers to bring forth spiritual fruit and save us.

The “Hawaiian” Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos is coming to the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” located at 9002 Clemsonville Road, Union Bridge, MD 21791 on Pentecost Sunday, June 3, 2012 for an Akathist Service at 6:00pm with a procession through the monastery to follow.

       The Reverend Schema-Abbess Aemiliane and her Sisters are very honored to host this wonder-working Hawaiian Iveron Icon on the occasion of their first celebration of the Feast of Pentecost at their new location near Libertytown, MD.  This icon was officially recognized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia as miraculous and worthy of veneration in June of 2008, and was given the blessing to travel to the various churches and monasteries of Holy Orthodoxy.  During the past four years it has traveled to over 250 Orthodox Churches and Monasteries in America of all jurisdictions and has been venerated by an estimated quarter of a million people throughout the United States.
       The “Hawaiian” Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon is an exact replica of the Montreal Iveron Icon of the Holy Theotokos that Brother Jose Munoz received on Mount Athos.  The Montreal Iveron Icon became a myrrh-streaming and healing icon and Brother Jose traveled to many parishes with this icon.  He was brutally murdered in 1997 and the Montreal Iveron Icon disappeared. (For more information about the Brother Jose and the Montreal Iveron Icon CLICK HERE.)
       In many cities, the Hawaiian paper copy of the original Montreal Iveron Icon has been taken from one parish to another, being shared by all the Orthodox clergy, and in doing so, is helping to establish relationships where none were previously evident, and strengthening and fostering ties already made between the sister parishes.   Numerous miracles have been attributed to the Theotokos through this “humble little Icon”, accounts are only just now being collected, and are indeed numerous.   Physical and spiritual healings have included the healing of blindness and eye disease, cancer, demonic possession, paralysis, kidney disease, chronic pain, and debilitating viruses.  (The full account of how this icon began streaming myrrh can be found at www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html.)
       You are welcome to join the Sisters for this very special visit of the Blessed Theotokos on Sunday, June 3 at 6:00pm.

Bishop Thomas touring the property with Sister Ignatia, Father Raphael Barberg and the Rowe Family

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, His Grace Bishop THOMAS (Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic) was received by the Sisterhood of the Holy Monastery of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple in Unionville, Maryland. Bishop THOMAS was accompanied by four of his diocesan priests, including Father Gregory Mathewes-Green (Holy Cross Church, Linthicum, MD), Father Patrick Cardine (St. Patrick Mission, Warrenton, VA), Father James Hamrick (St. John the Baptist Mission, Lewistown, MD), and Father Raphael Barberg (St. James the Apostle Mission, Westminster, MD).

Bishop THOMAS and Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green

Following a short service of reception in the chapel, Bishop THOMAS welcomed the sisters to their new property and urged all present to do whatever necessary to ensure that the property would remain an Orthodox monastery. Bishop THOMAS and his priests were then led to the dining room where the sisters provided a hot Lenten meal.

Father James Hamrick with Sister Diodora (left) and Sister Ignatia (center) outside of the chapel

Following lunch, Sister Ignatia accompanied Bishop THOMAS and the guests on a brief tour of the property. The 131-acre property, containing a chapel, a barn, a large farmhouse, a retreat house, and four large homes, had been owned formerly by the Life in Jesus Community (Charismatic Episcopal Church, or CEC) under Bishop Philip Zampino. It is located in rural Frederick County near Unionville, Maryland, approximately 45 minutes west of Baltimore and an hour northwest of Washington, D.C.

Father Patrick Cardine telling Bishop Thomas and Sister Ignatia about his time as resident on the property

Both Father Patrick Cardine and Father James Hamrick had been priests in the CEC prior to becoming Orthodox, and consequently had ties to the property. Father Patrick and Father James attended a CEC seminary there. In addition, Father Patrick and his family had lived on the property for two years. Later, Father James was ordained in the chapel, and served as priest under Bishop Zampino before his conversion to Holy Orthodoxy. Father Patrick and Father James were therefore able to provide insight into the history of the property and the way it was used. Father James told Bishop THOMAS and Sister Ignatia, “Since the property went on the market, I have been praying for this place to become an Orthodox monastery.”

The sisterhood, led by Abbess Aemiliane (who could not be present for Bishop THOMAS’ visit), and under the guidance of the Most Reverend Archimandrite, Elder Dionysius, recently located on the property.

Bishop THOMAS told the sisters that he will be asking his priests whose churches and missions are close by to do what they can do in supporting the work at the monastery. Bishop THOMAS indicated that he would arrange for another visit soon so that he could meet Abbess Aemiliane.

(Reprinted with permission. The Word Magazine, Volume 56, No. 5, May 2012)

Have you ever visited a monastery?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fellowship with Orthodox Christian nuns as they pray and work to establish North America’s newest monastery?  Have you heard of this exciting new monastic community just outside of our nation’s capital but still are uncertain how they are doing and what you can do to help?  Would you like to be a part of something historical, spiritual and meaningful by helping establish the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple”?

Join me on this brief stroll around the grounds of this very special property as the Sisters are very busy with their ministries of hospitality and prayer.  The Sisters are very busy with their daily schedule of Services, preparing for visitors and many of the indoor projects which need to be done in and around the property.  You may not see much of them outside yet but they have big plans for these sacred hills, fields, trees, flowers and buildings.

Our first stop might be to sit and pause a minute to take in the beauty of the new springtime growth scattered throughout the 131 acres the Sisters now call home. It would certainly be appropriate to thank God for saving this special property for our dear Sisters and for introducing them to these holy grounds.

As we walk around these grounds it impossible to overlook the original 192 year old manor house which sits atop the hill over looking the remainder of the farmland, fruit trees, vineyard and bee hives. The manor, although in need of repairs and updating, has six bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and could be used for many possible ministries and outreaches to those who need to be restored physically, spiritually and emotionally. If only this house could talk.....almost 200 years of stories, people, and special events. And now a stately centerpiece at the core of a monastic community helping to bring the fullness of Orthodox Christianity to North America. Many more stories will be told, lives will be changed, God will be praised and we trust that His Church will continue blossom around the grounds of this majestic manor. You must come and see it!

Just a short walk from the Manor is the Monastery Catholicon (the main Monastery Church). This all brick building of nearly 7,000 square feet was built by the former owners in 1990 and can accommodate as many as 175 worshippers.

The Bell Tower at the Church is very special to Abbess Aemiliane. The bell is rung to mark the beginning of the services and the Sisters and guests scattered throughout the grounds know that it is time to gather the community for prayer and worship.

As soon as we walk into the Catholicon (The Monastery Church) we see the Patronal Feast Icon of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Beautiful daffodils from just outside adorn shrine dedicated to the Mother of God.

As we continue to make our way around the grounds which soon be buzzing with honey bees we see the pond where deer, wild ducks, foxes and other wildlife find refreshment.

We finish our walk atop of the back hill, overlooking the entire property, where we will find the houses where the Sisters and guests rest and eat throughout the week. A simple, but always delicious, meal is set out from food which is often donated by area bakeries and grocery stores who have generously shared from their extras as well as food brought to the monastery by faithful pilgrims.

If you find yourself in the area, please stop by and visit the Sisters and you will also grow to love this new home nestled in rural Maryland less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore or Washington, DC.  We, the Friends of the Holy Monastery, continue to look to God and His people for the generous one-time donations and monthly support to purchase this property for the permanent use of the Sisterhood.  If you would like to be numbered among those who are sacrificially giving toward the purchase of this property please CLICK HERE to make your gift online or to find the address to where your donation may be mailed.

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