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Whether you desire to donate furniture or food; whether you are highly skilled or not so skilled – you can still be of great help to the Sisters of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple”.

The Sisters and qualified inspectors have made a list of several items which need immediate attention to the buildings and the grounds.   Men’s or women’s work groups, OCF Chapters, Teen Work Camps, Individuals, Couples, and Small Groups are ALL welcome to spend a weekend, weekday, half-day or whatever time possible to help with several one-time projects or on-going needs at the Monastery.  What a great way to enter into the lives and regular schedule of the Sisters and also be of great help to establishment of this very special Monastic Community.  Please communicate with the Sisters before coming out to complete any of the projects so they will know to expect you. You can find that list by CLICKING HERE.

Do you have furniture or common household equipment or supplies that you would like to donate to the Monastery?  Are you wondering what food items you might bring with you when you visit the Sisters or come join them at one of their regular services?  HERE IS A LIST of items including some one-time needs as well as some ongoing needs where you can be of great help to the Sisters and their ministry of hospitality at the Monastery.

The Sisters of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” have announced the days and times of the following Lenten services and guests are welcome to join the Sisters for these services in Libertytown, MD.

Schedule of Services

Fifth Week of Great Lent:

Saturday (March 31, 2012):   8:40 am 3rd and 6th Hours,  9:00 am Divine Liturgy

Sixth week of Great Lent:

Sunday (April 1, 2012):     Matins 8:00 am, Divine Liturgy 9:00 am. Vespers 6:00 pm. Compline 9:00 pm.

Monday (April 2, 2012):    Midnight Office and Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation. Vespers – 9:30 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Tuesday (April 3, 2012):   Midnight Office and Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation. Vespers – 9:30 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Wednesday (April 4, 2012):  Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation.   Vespers of Pre-sanctified Gifts – 7:00 pm. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Thursday (April 5, 2012):   Midnight Office and Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation. Vespers – 9:30 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Friday (April 6, 2012):   Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation.   Vespers of Pre-sanctified Gifts – 9:00 am.   Salutations  7:00 pm .  Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Saturday (April 7, 2012): Matins 8:00 am, Divine Liturgy 9:00 am. Vespers 6:00 pm. Compline 9:00 pm.

The Friends of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” have prepared an informative and visionary tri-fold brochure for others to use to introduce their friends, family and fellow church members to this historical opportunity to help provide a permanent home for the Sisterhood of the Entrance, now living on this picturesque property just outside our nation’s capital city.

What better place could be selected to pray, serve and host pilgrims who desire to visit and worship with these nuns?

Now you can help spread the word to those you know and meet by printing and folding several of these colorful brochures and passing them out to others who might desire to help establish this Holy Monastery and purchase a beautiful and ideal property from which generations of ministries and prayers will flow.

CLICK HERE to download and print the new Tri-Fold Brochure.

Abbess Aemiliane and the Sisters of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” have announced the schedule of the services they will be praying during Great Lent in 2012.

Visitors are most welcome to  join the Sisterhood for any of these special services as you are able.

Services Being Prayed During Great Lent, 2012

Sunday:     Hours 8:00 am, Divine Liturgy 9:00 am. Vespers 6:00 pm. Compline 9:00 pm.

Monday:    Midnight Office and Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation. Vespers – 9:30 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Tuesday:   Midnight Office and Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation. Vespers – 9:30 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Wednesday:  Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation.   Vespers of Pre-sanctified Gifts – 9:00 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Thursday:   Midnight Office and Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation. Vespers – 9:30 am. Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Friday:   Matins – 7:00 am, Hours in continuation.   Vespers of Pre-sanctified Gifts – 9:00 am.   Salutations  7:00 pm .  Great Compline – 8:30 pm.

Saturday: Hours 8:00 am, Divine Liturgy 9:00 am. Vespers 6:00 pm. Compline 9:00 pm.

For Directions and a Map to the new Libertytown property CLICK HERE.

Abbess Aemiliane and the Sisterhood offering daily prayers at their beautiful new home in rural Maryland.

The Reverend Schema-Abbess Aemiliane and her Sisters, under the guidance of the Most Reverend Archimandrite, Elder Dionysios, by the Mercy of God are now moved into the Mother of God’s new home on a magnificent property near Libertytown, Maryland, only an hour north of DC and 45 minutes west of Baltimore.

Thank you to the many donors who got us this far and thank you for your prayers! The church and the many buildings perfectly facilitate the Sisters’ monastic presence and services, expanding their capacity to receive and serve Orthodox pilgrims and seekers and to be a beacon of Orthodox Christianity near Washington, D.C.

A creative lease with a contract to purchase has made it possible to move in without a loan with the stipulation that we pay the remaining balance over the next 24 months.

Our goal is to raise $2 million to secure the monastery’s home and perform some much needed maintenance. See inside for more information about the 131 acre property.

We are awed to the depths of our souls by this miracle of God’s hand presenting the right property, at the right time, in the right way, at the right price, to facilitate this growing Orthodox monastic presence.

Are you interested in being numbered among those who are contributing to the purchase of this beautiful new home for the Sisters of the Entrance and generations of monastics to come?  We need your help to make this dream come true by making a generous gift toward the purchase of the Libertytown property by CLICKING HERE.

Abbess Aemiliane and the Sisters of the Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple” received very special festal greetings from the office of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion in a letter dated:

 

November 21/December 4, 2011. 

Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

 

The text of the letter is as following:

 

Very Rev. Abbess Aemiliane

PO Box 9428

Washington, DC, 20016

Dear Mother Aemiliane,

On behalf of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, and the Diocesan Council of the Eastern American Diocese, I sincerely congratulate you on the occasion of your patronal feast day, and prayerfully wish you and all the God-loving sisterhood of the Entrance of the Theotokos Convent length of days and God’s unceasing aid in your holy labors on behalf of Christ’s Holy Church.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion and the Diocesan Council

Through the intercessions of the Heavenly Queen, may the Lord God preserve you in His truth and love for many and blessed years!

With love in Christ,

Archpriest Serge Lukianov

Diocesan Secretary

cc. Metropolitan Hilarion and all members of the Diocesan Council

The Holy Monastery “Entrance of the Theotokos” Featured on the Official website of the Eastern American & New York Diocese -ROCOR – www.eadiocese.org.

December 15, 2011
“In order for us to understand and accept the will of God, we must be diligent and zealous in our prayers.” – The Entrance of the Theotokos Convent in Washington, D.C.

His Eminence, Met Hilarion, Abbess Aemiliane, clergy and the sisters of the monastery on their Feast Day, December 4, 2011.

Over the course of Christian history, the response to society’s spiritual shortcomings was a retreat from the world and the rise of monasteries. Today, when fewer and fewer people consider Christianity as a whole, or Orthodoxy in particular, to be a religion that obligates them to much, the Eastern American Diocese is witnessing something unexpected – a surge in interest toward monasticism, the expansion of existing monasteries and the appearance of new ones.

One such monastic community is the Entrance of the Theotokos Convent, recently established on the outskirts of the American capital, and already a peaceful harbor for those seeking a quiet life in the world of prayer and hard work.  READ MORE…

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