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« on: July 17, 2014, 05:44:35 PM »

Has anyone here ever visited this monastery, or care to share their experience? I think I would like to go for a visit. How does a typical visit to an Orthodox monastery "work" for a layperson?

http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 07:49:36 PM »

I have visited the monastery three times (each time staying for a week or more). I love it there. It is a very holy place. The community there is wonderful. To visit them, just get in contact with the guest-master. They have a very nice guesthouse you will stay in and they typically allow for 3-day visits, unless alternative arrangements are made.

For information on visits, its good to start with the visitor's guide:
http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/wp-content/uploads/visitors_guide.pdf

I guess the way a visit "works" for a layperson is to share in the grace of the monastic community. This can be done by asking to help out with chores, going to services, seeking spiritual instruction, etc. Is there anything specific you would like to know?
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 10:41:43 PM »

Thanks for the response! I'm excited to visit. I'll pm you.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 02:51:32 PM »

I have been there several times. The choir director at my church has a brother who is a monk there. It is a very great experience but keep in mind that they do everything the russian way which can seem a little abrasive at times (I speak only of how I personally felt) but nonetheless I always leave feeling refreshed and like my time was well spent there.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 02:58:44 PM »

I have been there several times. The choir director at my church has a brother who is a monk there. It is a very great experience but keep in mind that they do everything the russian way which can seem a little abrasive at times (I speak only of how I personally felt) but nonetheless I always leave feeling refreshed and like my time was well spent there.

In what way are Russians abrasive? I'm totally new to Orthodox practices in general, so if its a matter of liturgical or prayer customs, would I even notice? Or are you reffering to attitudes or dispositions?
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2014, 03:13:17 PM »

I was more speaking of the atmosphere and how russian monasticism feels, for lack of a better word, but this may have to do more with the fact that I was raised in a very laid back country; what I found abrasive you may not. Russians are generally very direct and to the point which can be felt in the way one interacts with the monastery even though the majority of the monks are not russian themselves. I hope this helps to clarify what I meant. I strongly encourage you to go if you can, you won't regret it. They also have some youtube videos available for watching which may also help get a feel for the monastery as well.
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