"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Monday 9 July 2012


Let God Arise.  Let His Enemies Be Scattered!

The Planting and Blessing of the Cross for the New Holy Apostle Peter Monastery near Harrison, Montana  took place on Bright Friday 2012.  Bishop Benjamin presided with Abbot Meletios in Attendance.

The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God and the Earth Proclaims His Handiwork.
“Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify."
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.  And Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.  Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.
“Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross, invincible triumph of true worship; O gate of Paradise, constancy of believers, and wall of the Church, through which corruption hath vanished and been abolished, and the power of death hath been swallowed,  and we have ascended from earth to Heaven.  Thou art the unconquerable weapon, the adversary of Satan, since thou art the Glory of the Martyrs and Righteous ones, their adornment in truth, the haven of salvation, which granteth the world the Great Mercy. ” Elevation of the Cross-Vespers; Divine Prayers and Services translated by Fr Seraphim Nasser, Memory Eternal.
All Orthodox Christians in the area are invited to a belated 4th of July Picnic followed by Vespers served by Fr Russell of Holy Trinity Church in Butte this Saturday at a Ranch by the Monastery.  Contact Holy Trinity Church in Butte or St Anthony the Great in Bozeman for details.
This is a little late, but it is an opportunity to note the addresses.   Thanks to the editor who sent this post in
 Bozeman architect Mark Headley is giving his time and talents designing plans for the future Monastery.  The St. Peter Monastery will be a Sketeand  a dependancy of the St John of San Francisco Monastery in California.  A previous post with info and Abbot Meletios speaking about the project and video of the St. John of San Francisco Monastery is available here.

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