Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Prayerful Sighing of Parents For Their Children

A Prayerful Sighing of Parents For Their Children

LORD Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother, hearken unto me, Thine unworthy servant (name), O Lord, govern in mercy my children, Thy servants (names). Have mercy on them and save them, for Thy name’s sake.

O Lord, forgive them all their transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, that they may be perfected before Thee. O Lord, set them on the true path of Thy commandments and enlighten their minds with the Light of Christ unto salvation of their souls and the healing of their bodies.

Bless them, O Lord, at home, at school, in their journeys and in every place of Thy dominion. Preserve and shelter them, O Lord, from flying bullets, arrows, the sword, poison and fire, from mortal wounds and sudden death. Guard them, O Lord, from all visible and invisible enemies, and from all danger, evil and misfortune.

Heal them O Lord, from all sickness, deliver them from every impurity, and lighten their spiritual sufferings. Grant them, O Lord, the grace of Thy Holy Spirit and a long life; grant them health and chastity in all piety and love, and to live in accord with all their neighbors, near and far.

Multiply and strengthen them, O Lord, in mental ability and bodily strength, given to them by Thee. Bless them to lead a pious life and, if it is pleasing to Thee, grant them married life and honorable childbearing.

For Thy name’s sake, O Lord, give me, Thy sinful and unworthy servant, a parental blessing for my children and Thy servants, both in this present time, morning, noon and night, and also in Thine eternal, almighty and all-powerful Kingdom.

Amen. O God, Maker of all creation, Thou hast made me worthy to be the mother of a family, and through Thy goodness hast bestowed children upon me; and so I dare to say: these children are Thine, for Thou hast given them being, hast infused them with an immortal soul, and hast raised them to life through baptism.

And in accordance with Thy will Thou has adopted them and received them into the bosom of Thy Church. Send down to me Thy gracious help in raising my children, for the glory of Thy name. Bestow on me patience and strength to do Thy will.

Teach me to plant in their hearts the root of true wisdom-the fear of the Lord-that all their lives they may tremble at Thy words. Open to them the understanding of Thy law. Until the end of their days let them act with the sense that Thou art everywhere present.

Plant in their hearts loathing for every transgression, that they may be pure in their signs. O Righteous Judge, who punishes children for the sins, but sprinkle them with the dew of Thy grace.

O Heavenly Father, order the fate of my children according to Thy blessings, do not deprive them in this life of their daily bread, send down to them in due time all that is necessary for the acquisition of blessings in eternity.

Be merciful to them, when they sin before Thee; look not upon the sins of their youth and ignorance; chastise them and have mercy on them, but turn not Thy face away from them. Turn not Thy face from the in the day of their tribulation, that they may not fall into temptations beyond their strength.

Cover them with Thy mercy, that Thine Angel may walk with them and preserve them. Abandon not my children, O Lord, and give them that which is profitable for salvation.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 13, 2011 22nd Sunday after Pentacost

 Fall color at the monastery..

 St Seraphim

 Hierodeacon Michael censing the church.

 Reader John.

 At the great entrance....

 Candles ...

 St Seraphim's rock....

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Beeswax Fund Drive

Dear Friends of Holy Cross Monastery,

Greetings in Christ!

It's that time of year again where the Monks receive and unload this coming year's Beeswax: a whole pallet--over a ton of Farm-Run 100% Pure Beeswax.

Candle-making is the monks' best means of support by our own manual labour, and we need your help, please!

The cost of Beeswax is $4,916.25 on monastery credit card; plus $378.00 for cotton wicking = $5,294.25.

If you are able, please help us to cover this large expense. We would greatly appreciate your kindness.


1. Go to our other Monastery's website (Ascension Monastery / Monastery of the Glorious Ascension) --
2. Scroll down and click on "Donations" on the left.
3. Fill out Name, Amount, and VISA/MC info on our secure server and make the transaction! (It's that simple.)

Fr Parthenios will receive these funds along with an email notice within minutes of your donation.

In Christ,
Hierodeacon Parthenios
Holy Cross Monastery
140 Main Street
East Setauket, NY 11733-2834

P.S. Candle, Incense, Charcoal and Book Purchases (even Donations) can be made online through our secure MONASTERY PRODUCTS website.

1. Go to
2. Add "Donation -- $1" to your Shopping Cart by clicking the Shopping Cart symbol to the right of the description,
3. During "Checkout" change "Quantity" of Dollar Amount to the # you wish to donate.
4. Complete VISA/MC info.

Many, many thanks!