September 26, 2012
Service to the Synaxis of
the Elders of the Glinsk Monastery was served in English for the
first time at Holy Cross Monastery
the evening of Saturday, September 22, the brotherhood of
Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV served the All-Night Vigil for
the Synaxis of the Elders of Glinsk Monastery. An English
translation of the service for the Glinsk Elders was commissioned by
the monastery brotherhood last winter, making it available this year
for the first time.
With prayerful hearts turned to God, monks and lay faithful alike
present at the service heard for the first time these beautiful
hymns honoring the steadfast and God-pleasing struggles of the
Glinsk Elders in the monastic arena. The Hermitage of Glinsk
(located near the Russo-Ukrainian border) – "that great school of
monastic life," as has said St. Seraphim of Sarov – has given the
world a multitude of holy elders and has shown forth as a light of
Orthodoxy from its beginning in the 16th century, through the
troubled times of the 20th century and up to the present day.
On Sunday, September 23, His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield,
celebrated a Hierarchal Liturgy, followed by a moleben served in
front of the relics of the Glinsk Elders. The relics were given to
Bishop George as a gift from Archimandrite Anthony of the Glinsk
Hermitage during a 2008 ROCOR delegation visit to Kursk accompanying
the Kursk Root Icon.
At the close of the moleben, the faithful fervently sought the
supplications of the Holy Elders, addressing them thus: "Pray ye to
the Lord, that He restore eldership and the true spirit of
monasticism in our monasteries… and clothe ourselves in the new man,
renewed according to the image of Christ our God." May it be so, and
may the holy and righteous example of the Glinsk Elders continue to
strengthen us in our Holy Orthodox faith for years to come.
O Venerable Fathers of Glinsk, pray to God for us!
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