A MESSAGE FROM ABBESS MELANIA
Monday, November 21, 2022 - Great Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple

The most pure Temple of the Savior; / the precious Chamber and Virgin; / the sacred Treasure of the glory of God, / is presented today to the house of the Lord. / She brings with her the grace of the Spirit, / therefore, the angels of God praise her: / “Truly this woman is the abode of heaven.”
~Kontakion of the Feast, Tone 4
 
Ezekiel recounts the departure of God’s glory from the first temple (Eze 10:17, 18) before its destruction. A second temple was built, but the glory of God did not return at its consecration to the grief of the people. And the glory of God DIDN’T return until God Himself came in the Person of Christ.
 
This gives context to the words “The most pure Temple of the Savior … is presented today to the house of the Lord. She brings with her the grace of the Spirit ... Truly this woman is the abode of heaven.” To the temple from which God’s glory had departed comes the living and faithful Temple who is the abode of heaven as the one who gives birth to Heaven’s King.
 
As we move closer to the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, may we repent from our sins and become temples in whom the Spirit can live fully so that we, too, can truly be called abodes of heaven. 

An Orthodox Christian Monastery for Women

From its home on the banks of the Napa River in Calistoga, California,

Holy Assumption Monastery welcomes faithful pilgrims and visitors of all backgrounds.

Please use our website to learn about our community, explore Orthodox Christianity and its monastic tradition,

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Holy Assumption Monastery is part of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of San Francisco and the West,

under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN. 

We've raised
$6,397.76
Our Goal
$100,000.00
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2022 Giving Tuesday - $100,000.00
11/15/2022 - 12/31/2022

Our year-end target has DOUBLED!

In the early weeks of November, a generous group of donors came together, pledging to match every dollar donated toward the St. Nicholas House Project during our Giving Tuesday campaign, up to $50,000!

Then, the day before Thanksgiving, another anonymous donor decided to DOUBLE THE CHALLENGE: he is offering another $50,000 to be matched!

Our year-end fundraising target is now $100,000! If we can raise this money, our donors will match every dollar, putting a total of $200,000 toward the completion of the new St. Nicholas House.

You can help by making a donation, keeping us in your prayers, and sharing this campaign with friends. This construction is part of the ongoing renwal of Holy Assumption Monastery--the oldest Orthodox women's monastery in the United States--so that the prayer and hospitality offered here to the glory of God can continue for many generations to come. Every dollar means so much, and we are deeply grateful for everyone's support.

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Upcoming Schedule

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 122:1

  • 28

    Nov

    Monday
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 29

    Nov

    Tuesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 30

    Nov

    Wednesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 1

    Dec

    Thursday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 2

    Dec

    Friday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 3

    Dec

    Saturday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
    5:00 Vigil
    Fast: wine & oil
  • 4

    Dec

    Sunday
    10:00 Sunday Divine Liturgy
    5:00 Vespers & Matins
    Fast: wine & oil
  • 5

    Dec

    Monday
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 6

    Dec

    Tuesday
    St. Nicholas
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast: fish, wine, & oil
  • 7

    Dec

    Wednesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
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November 2022 Newsletter

The monastery's newsletter is available! Read Mother Melania's monthly reflection and other updates. The monthly calendar may be viewed in the newsletter, or by checking our online calendar or our Facebook Page.

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