Holy Assumption Monastery
Orthodox Church in America

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Prayer and Hospitality
Singing carols at the Lenten 12-Course Dinner on Christmas Eve
Singing carols at the Lenten 12-Course Dinner on Christmas Eve
Singing carols at the Lenten 12-Course Dinner on Christmas Eve
 Life at the monastery revolves around prayer - both private prayer and the daily cycle of services. In between services, the sisters perform their obediences - daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, preparing the services, and income-producing activities. Current income-producing activities include mounting icons, writing children's books and sewing. Presently, a joint activity with St. Symeon Orthodox Church to produce fine chalice wine is getting underway.

The second greatest aspect of life at the monastery is hospitality, which means welcoming non-monastics into the monastery setting. The two great expressions of the Christian life are marriage and monasticism. Both ways of life are blessed by the Church and both provide God-given opportunities to obey the two great commandments - to love God and one's brother.

Neither type of life can exist in its fullness without the other. The monastic devotes himself to prayer for the world in a way that the layperson can not. Further, monasteries serve as places of retreat and renewal for Orthodox Christians and seekers from other traditions. Yet without the support of the laity, monasteries would often find it hard or impossible to exist.

This is abundantly clear at Holy Assumption Monastery, which still exists thanks to the Orthodox faithful who supported Fr. Sergious in the restoration of the monastery. We sisters can never repay such a debt, but we hope to do our part in serving God together with the faithful of the surrounding community to bring the light of Christ to those around us.