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Eastern Orthodox monasteries in America are growing rapidly

In the United States, converts to the Orthodox faith has rapidly grown over the last fifty years. Monasteries like Holy Cross are still relatively new the Americas but have also experienced unprecedented growth as men and women from all walks of life make the choice to dedicate their lives in service and prayer to the Lord Our God. 

Since our monastery was founded we have more than doubled in size with more an more novitiates expressing interest in joining our brotherhood in devotion God. Across the world, the prayerful sacrifice of monasticism has always been the spiritual defence that fans the flame of God’s love in the hearts and minds of those they pray for and the future generations that follow.

By God’s grace we are blessed that He has enabled our monastery to thrive through the work of our hands and the generous contributions of the faithful who support us.

Holy Cross Monastery has outgrown its tiny church

Our present church and trapeza were originally built when our monastery had just a handful of monks. Being in such a remote location of West Virginia we never anticipated that many people would come to visit us, but over the years our brotherhood has more than doubled and the number of pilgrims who visit us each year has swelled to the hundreds.

The existing buildings have served their purpose well over the years, but are now far past their capacity. In addition, both have suffered significant structural damage over the years.

It is for this reason that we are building a new monastery church. We need your help and financial support achieve this goal so that we can continue to grow as God allows. Please consider this unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help found monasticism in America.

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Upcoming Events & Announcements

 

Monastery Breaks Ground on New Church

Monastery Breaks Ground on New Church

By the mercy of God, as of Monday November 9th we have officially broken ground on our new church. At noon the brotherhood of Holy Cross Monastery, led by Archimandrite Seraphim, served a moleben at the site of the new temple and sprinkled the entire area with holy...

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New Set of Bells Arrives!

New Set of Bells Arrives!

Thanks to a very generous benefactor, a full set of thirteen Russian bells has been donated to the monastery for the belfry of our new church. They were made at the largest bell foundry in Russia and are perfectly tuned. The new bells arrived last week just before the...

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Visits & Pilgrimages to the Monastery

Due to COVID concerns, our monastery is receiving guests on a restricted basis. Please contact our guestmaster to inquire about a future visit to the monastery. 

Monastic Life in Our Community 

 

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Bath & Home

Our monastery produces a variety of natural bath products. From olive oil castile bar & liquid soap, to scented soy wax candles & beeswax lip balm, we have everything you need to make you and your home clean and smelling fresh. Milk from our own goats and pure essential oil are some of our all-natural ingredients.

Food & Gifts

Our monastery offers a selection of Hermitage Finest Baked Goods, Hermitage Apiaries Honey, and fine imported handicrafts for festive occasions. Meet all of your holiday gift needs for Christmas and Easter (Nativity and Pascha), or find a unique gift for birthdays, name’s days, or any other special occasion.

Incense & Worship

We make traditional Athonite Style Incense for church and home use, in a wide variety of fragrances, suitable for every service and devotional occasion. Athonite Style Incense is made by our monks as part of their daily obediences. Produced from pure frankincense resin and cut for use in charcoal burning censers. We also offer Pure Resin Incense, which is raw tree resin without added fragrance.

Apiary Products

Many of the soaps, lotions, incense, baked goods and products that we produce here at the monastery include honey and materials that are created by our bees. Through careful breeding, we have cultivated a mite-resistant colony of bees and trained local beekeepers in the art of caring for honey bees. We now offer Honey Bee nucleus colonies and queens that are blessed and bread by the monks at our monastery.

Candles & Devotionals

Our monastery provides 100% beeswax candles packaged for use in your home prayer corner. We offer several sizes of wicks & tapers, as well as votive candles. You can find holders for your candles, along with a wide variety of other items—prayer ropes, censers, oils & oil lamps—to enrich your personal devotional life.

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