Sunday, October 25, 2009

St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Safford, Arizona

Church of the Holy Virgin

"O Lord our God,
Who has condescended at this place,
and upon the stone laid thereon and blessed in Thy name,
to found for Thyself a Church:
Do Thou mercifully accept those
who bring to Thee Thine own of Thine own,
for the erection to Thy glory of the temple
founded in honor and memory
of the Dormition of the Holy Virgin."

BY THE GRACE OF GOD, our fervent desire -- to have a church built in honor of the Mother of God -- is, through the prayers of many, now being accomplished. This Church will be dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God, and will have two small side chapels, the first will be dedicated to St. Paisius Velichkovsky, our patron, and the second to the Holy Hierarchs John Maximovich and Nikolai of Zica. In addition to the spiritual blessings bestowed through the Mother of God, this monastery church will finally be able to encompass the numerous faithful who come as guests to the monastery. After God, we humbly rely upon your prayerful and financial support to complete this holy offering.

"O Master Christ, Immortal Wisdom,
in Thy dispensation
come down from on High on this temple,
and keep it unshaken to the end of the ages.
And count worthy of the inaccessible light, O Lord,
them that hasten to it with faith. "

St. Paisius Orthodox Monastery is a women’s coenobitic community which follows the traditional rule of monastic life. The monastery was founded in 1993, and is dedicated to St. Paisius Velichkovsky, who labored his whole life to collect and translate the texts of the Philokalia as a means of preserving the teachings of the Holy Fathers on the authentic Christian way of life.

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