Holy Annunciation Monastery
403 West County Road
Sugarloaf, PA 18249
O God! Come to my assistance!
Lord make haste to help me.
Psalm 70(69) vs.2
October 31st With our gratitude for spectacular autumnal foliage October slips away, but the joy of Saint Therese’s friendship remains: “I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth -
the spirits of evil in the high places. We hope to say more about St Uriel in a future letter. November 12th -
Seemingly inconsequential choices can become blessings. Psalm 70(69) vs.2 was my petition beginning this letter. The history of the Jesus Prayer (to pray always) records Ps. 70(69) vs.2 “O God come to my assistance” as the favorite of Egyptian desert monk St John Cassian. Born in 340 in modern day Romania/Bulgaria (known in antiquity as Scythia Minor), John Cassian was bilingual; proficiency in Greek and Latin would influence his life and monastic history! -
Indeed, the November calendar proves quite exciting as we realize friendships and interdependence among saints and holy monks, despite later disunity among their descendants. Pope St. John Paul II’s love of Holy Church became a zeal for Church unity. So uncovering a spiritual bond uniting Greek St. John Chrysostom and John Cassian (now known as John Cassian the Roman!) seems noteworthy.
A sudden summons comes on November 14th -
The last day of November honors the first-
Of course November (in USA) is almost synonymous with Thanksgiving Day -
God be with you!
Blessed Thanksgiving! And thank you for being our friend!
|From the Hegumena|
|Saint Therese 2022|