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Our Holy Monastery burned to the ground in the afternoon of August 12

Dear Faithful and Friends of Our Holy Monastery

With great sadness we have to inform you that the main church of our Holy Monastery burned to the ground in the afternoon of August 12. We do not know the source or the cause of the fire at this time which has been a true tragedy for the believers, the monastic community, and all our friends. There are a lot of rumors circulating, but none of them have been proven as facts by the proper authorities.

During this terrible fire, we have tried very hard to salvage as much as we could from the treasures which were in the church, but unfortunately we were able to salvage only the Holy Relics, before we were overcome by heavy smoke and flames. Thank God that the relics were saved, because they are irreplaceable.

We were helpless in such a difficult situations and could only watch the fire which consumed our most precious jewel, our Church, our work, and your sacrifices made throughout the years.

All contents of the church (icons, vestments, books, holy chalices, and iconostas) were completely destroyed. We also lost our sole means of income for the monastery, our candle making equipment, which was totally burned.

Even though our hearts are heavy and sad for all that happened, we are not losing faith in Our Lord, and thank Him for everything that He blesses us with, and ask Him to give us strength and help us rebuild our house of worship.

We ask you to stand with us, the same way you have always stood, in good, and especially in trying times that our Monastery has experienced throughout the years.

Any donation or help you can afford is greatly appreciated. The total loss has been estimated at approximately 1.5 million dollars. Also, if anyone has candle making equipment that they can donate to the monastery, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for all your help and your prayers.

 

 

Invitation to this year’s celebration of our Monastery’s Patron Feast

Beloved Clergy and Faithful,
Friends and Supporters of Holy Ascension Monastery in Clinton, Michigan

CHRIST IS RISEN!

It is with spiritual joy that we announce and invite you to this year’s celebration of our Monastery’s Patron Feast which will be celebrated Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11, 2016 ending with the Divine Liturgy followed by the fraternal agape meal in honor of the Feast Day.

It will be our great joy to have the Icon of Saint Constantin Brancoveanu
that includes a small part of His relics, present at this Patron Feast celebration

The Icon with the Holy Relics will be present for the entire period

The schedule of events will be as follows:

Thursday, June 9, 2016
10:30am - Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord in the presence of the Holy Icon

Friday, June 10, 2016
6:00pm - Vespers, followed by the Sacrament of Holy Unction in the presence of the Holy Icon

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The miracoulos holy icon of Mother of God from Hawaii, unique in the United States, will bless our monastery

Beloved Clergy and Faithful Friends and Supporters of Holy Ascension Monastery in Clinton, Michigan

CHRIST IS RISEN!

INVITATION

It is with spiritual joy that we announce and invite you to this year's celebration of our Monastery's Patron Feast which will start Thursday, May 21, 2015 through Saturday, May 23, 2015 with Hierarchal Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence NATHANIEL Archbishop of Detroit & the ROEA, His Grace SOFIAN Brasoveanu, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Germany, Central & Northern Europe, His Grace IOAN-CASIAN of Vicina and Auxiliary Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas, and His Grace IRINEU of Dearborn Heights and Auxiliary Bishop of the ROEA, Abbot of Holy Ascension Monastery.

IT WILL BE OUR GREAT IOY TO HAVE PRESENT AT THIS PATRON FEAST CELEBRATION FOR BLESSING, THE MIRACULOUS MYRRH-STREAMING ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD FROM HAWAII (We would like to inform you that the Holy lcon will be arriving at the Monastery on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 and will depart on Saturday, May 23, 2015 immediately after Divine Liturgy).

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Saint John the Baptist, celebrated in our monastery of Clinton, MI

In our monastery, the entire community who lived here, spent this day with great joy, having also a double event: first was the feast we gad, taking part to the Divine Liturgy of the Saint John the Baptist, presided by His Grace, our Bishop and Abbot Irineu, and second was the happiness of all those present to congratulate with warmest and good wishes for the name’s birthday for two of those who are living in our monastery: our Bishop and Abbot Irineu - Ioan, and ierod. Ion Ursică, from Galaţi.

At the end of the Service, diac. dr. Ştefan Toma, from Germany, our guest monastery on these days, a good friend of our Bishop Irineu, delivered a sermon extremely deep and dogmatic argued about life, work and mission of Saint John the Baptist, also congratulated those celebrating.

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Our Jesus Christ, through your baptism, all the waters were blessed by You

After the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, His Grace accompanied by a group of priests, deacons, monks, theologians and believers, went in a traditional procession to the river that runs through our monastery to bless it and for the great celebration of the sanctification of the water.

For this event were specially prepared bottles of water, which becomes holiness being offered at the end, to all the people present and those who will come to our monastery, on the next days.

The prayers made by St. Sofronie, the Patriarch of Jerusalem in the VII th century, that His Grace used for this great event, is talking about this water that is "a source of incorruption, of holiness, absolution of sins, healing of diseases, demons destruction, removal of hostile powers".

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Feast of Theophany celebrated in our monastery

The Orthodox Church celebrates every year on January 6, the Epiphany or the Theophany. This is about the Feast of Our Savior Jesus Christ’s Baptism on the Jordan river by St. John the Baptist. The Feast is called "Epiphany" or "Theophany", meaning "the showing of God".

His Grace, our Bishop and Abbot Irineu, after he officiated the Divine Liturgy, said on his sermon that our Jesus Christ’s Baptism on the Jordan river by St. John the Baptist was made not because our Savior Jesus Christ needs to be forgiven by His sins or because He needs to  be repented himself, but to be clear for everybody the God's plan of salvation.

The feast of Our Jesus Christ’s Baptism was marked by the entire community, all day, through fasting and prayer.

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The first day of the year celebrated in our monastery

On the first day of the New Year, the Orthodox Church all over the world celebrates the Circumcision of our Lord and also St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cezareea Capadociei.

So, in the early morning, in our monastery church, the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, was celebrated by His Grace our Bishop and Abbot Irineu, who was accompanied by a group of priests and deacons together with many believers who came to celebrate the first day of the year, with us.

In the sermon of His Grace, delivered after Divine Liturgy, he showed that the beginning of a new year is a good opportunity to make our own balance of our actions and to express our gratitude to all those around us.

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Sunday after the Birth of Christ celebrated in the „St. Nicholas” Church, Troy - Michigan

On the Sunday after the Birth of Christ, some hundreds of believers from the „St. Nicholas” Chruch, in Troy – Michigan, atended the church to receive, as appropriate, His Grace, our Bishop and Abbot Irineu, who performed here one of his pastoral visits in which he is engages in this period.

Here, in the parish church, His Grace presided the Saint Liturgy and the answers of choir were being given by the professional male choir "Harisma" which in the end sustained for everybody, a beautiful concert of romanian and traditional carols.

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Feast of the Proto-martyr Stephen, the Archdeacon (Saturday after Nativity of Christ)

The third day of Christmas was celebrated with great joy by the entire parish members "St. Theodora of Sihla " in Troy - Michigan.

Here, the community celebrated the feast day of the Saint Proto-martyr Stephen, the Archdeacon, with double event. On the one hand they celebrated the name day of Father Stefan Vlad, wishing him with this occasion, a long life, health and growth, and on the other hand, they had the privilege of being with them of His Grace, our bishop and abbot, Irineu, who was accompanied by a delegation of priests and deacons, together with whom, he officiated the Divine Liturgy.

With this event, special guests were the members of the famous male choir "Harisma", composed of clerics and theology students who came from Romania. They gave the answers to the choir, and in the end they sustained a traditional romanian carols concert.

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Feast of our Jesus Christ Nativity celebrated at the monastery (Second day of Christmas)

Feast of our Jesus Christ Nativity celebrated at the monastery (Second day of Christmas).

In the second day of Christmas, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Theotokos, a very important feast for us also, for the entire community of our monastery and for all believers who are close to us.

With this occasion, in the main church of the monastery was celebrated the hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the presence of our Reverend Abbot, Bishop Irineu, who was surrounded by a group of priests and deacons, in the presence of many believers.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, His Grace addressed a very nice and encouraging word which highlighted to everybody to be more kind, more tolerant and more interested in those around us in need.

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Feast of our Jesus Christ Nativity celebrated at the monastery (Christmas Day)

Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ from Heaven, greeted Him!

Every year, on 25th of December when all the christians orthodox celebrate the Holy Nativity of our Savior Jesus Christ, our entire monastery sounded cheerful and good tidings of romanian carols, church is always. With this occasion, our big church is always too small for the crowd of believers, who came far away.

Today, all the believers came thanks to a reversions thinking from ther childhood. It's that childhood when their grandmothers dressed them in new clothes and take them to the church, taking part to the Divine Liturgy, because in the end to hear and sing "our romanian holy and good carol", asking them to not forget the words "when you are cheerful, romanian, please don’t forget to be kind".

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Rejoice, Saint Anna, all-lauded mother!

The entire community of our monastery, together with the 500 believers coming from afar to worship the miraculous icon of St. Anna, were privileged to participate this Sunday, November 23, at the Divine Liturgy, celebrated in the big church of our monastery, while praying at Saint Anna Icon.

After the service, His Reverend Irineu, our Bishop and Abbot, surrounded by a group of priests, officiated a requiem service in the memory of father Arsenie Boca and all those who are asleep, and then, everybody were invited to take part at the traditional christian agape.

The believers were particularly moved by the presence of the holy icons and that’s why when they left, all of them confess they are full of peace and spiritual joy.

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St. Anna gave peace and blessing to our monastery

Saturday, November 22, the miraculous icon of Saint Anna - Mother of Virgin Mary, from St. Tihon monastery, brought much joy to our monastery and to all believers who came here especially, pouring blessing and comfort to all the souls in need.

The program consisted Saturday of official receipt of the icon, officiating the Vespers, attended by His Reverend Irineu, our Bishop and Abbot, surrounded by a group of priests, followed by christian agape, attended by all, and then followed by the Service Acathist of Saint Anna.

We thank you so much Saint Anna for the moments of great relief and spiritual help that you gave us these days, worship and kissing your holy icon.

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We are glad to invite you to our monastery to receive the Holy Icon of Saint Ana from Saint Tihon Monastery

It is with spiritual joy that we announce and invite you at Holy Ascension Romanian Orthodox Monastery on November 22-23, 2014 to welcome and pray before THE MIRACULOUS ICON OF SAINT ANNA, MOTHER OF THE BIRTHGIVER OF GOD

The schedule of events will be as follows:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • 4:oo pm – Receiving of the Holy Icon of Saint Anna, mother of the Birthgiver of God
  • 6:oo pm – Great Vespers with Lithia in the presence of the Holy Icon
  • 10:oo pm – Akhatist of Saint Anna followed by a short presentation of the history of the Holy Icon

Sunday, November 23, 2014

  • 9:oo am – Matins
  • 10:oo am Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in the presence of the Holy Icon
  • 4:oo pm – Departure of the Holy Icon

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Intensive program of prayers and religious services dedicated to Mother of God Wonder Icon - Iveron from Hawaii

Over two thousand romanian and american orthodox believers coming all over USA, from Chicago, New York, Ohio, Cleveland, Altanta Florida, Texas and from Canada, from Montreal and Ottawa, could worship for five days, from 3-6 October, at the the Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii, they could tell Her their troubles, sorrows and failures but they also thank Her for all the blessings God gave them.

The prayers and religious services program in this days was a constantly one, so we were celebrated every morning, as a very humble effort for our great reverence we have to the Mother of God, the Matins followed by the Holy Liturgy and in the evening, every evening, we celebrated the Vespers and the Acathist to the Mother of God where attended many believers, young and old. For Friday evening we celebrate, for all the people’s bodily and spiritual health, the Divine Unction.

We all pray the Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii, to help, to bless and to give us more faith.

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Thousands of pilgrims worshiping and praying to the Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii

During five days, our monastery, called so beautiful to be the "Garden of the Mother of God" was the center of faith for about two thousand of believers who came from all over America and Canada, to worship with great devotion, love and hope the Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii.

They prayed with great faith and power for themselves and their loved ones to help God to bestow upon them all, health, peace, tranquility, growth, helpful and plentiful.

We pray our Lord and His Mother to receive our prayers and to listen our needs.

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