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3.28.2020

The Quarantine of the Son of God   

The entire world is experiencing the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. It is commonly said that one of the Chinese words for crisis can be interpreted as opportunity. With the limiting of so many being able to go out, we invite you to discover the opportunity to go in. To go in to the place of the heart. Over the coming days, we will be posting wisdom from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church regarding the values to be found from times of silence, solitude, and reflection.

One of...

3.27.2020

Self-knowledge from Solitude   

The entire world is experiencing the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. It is commonly said that one of the Chinese words for crisis can be interpreted as opportunity. With the limiting of so many being able to go out, we invite you to discover the opportunity to go in. To go in to the place of the heart. Over the coming days, we will be posting wisdom from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church regarding the values to be found from times of silence, solitude, and reflection.

The enligh...

3.26.2020

Silence   

The entire world is experiencing the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. It is commonly said that one of the Chinese words for crisis can be interpreted as opportunity. With the limiting of so many being able to go out, we invite you to discover the opportunity to go in. To go in to the place of the heart. Over the coming days, we will be posting wisdom from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church regarding the values to be found from times of silence, solitude, and reflection.

One of the most immediate thing...

3.25.2020

The Journey to the Kingdom   

The entire world is experiencing the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. It is commonly said that one of the Chinese words for crisis can be interpreted as opportunity. With so many being unable to go out, we invite you to discover the opportunity to go in. To go in to the place of the heart. Over the coming days, we will be posting wisdom from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church regarding the values to be found from times of silence, solitude, and reflection.

Sarapion the Sindonite tra...

3.24.2020

Prayer and work   

The entire world is experiencing the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. It is commonly said that one of the Chinese words for crisis can be interpreted as opportunity. With the limiting of so many being able to go out, we invite you to discover the opportunity to go in. To go in to the place of the heart. Over the coming days, we will be posting wisdom from the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Church regarding the values to be found from times of silence, solitude, and reflection.

A common experience of...

3.23.2020

Balance 

“Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.” (Isaiah 26:20 ESV)

The entire world is experiencing the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Corona Virus pandemic. It is commonly said that one of the Chinese words for crisis can be interpreted as opportunity. With the limiting of so many being able to go out, we invite you to discover the opportunity to go in. To go in to the place of the heart. Over the coming days, we will be posting wisdom from the Deser...

3.21.2020

We currently have two books available for sale from the monastery online store written by Fr. Alexii. Each book is also available by email to holyarchmichael@gmail.com. Once the payment is received we will send you the book. If online store is not used, please add 20% (for local shipping) or 40% (for international shipping) to the price of each book. Send a check made payable to Holy Archangel Michael Skete, 28650 105th St. Weatherby, MO 64497.

"Reflections on Nature in These Times", by Hieromonk Alexii Altschul. 

It contains...

3.21.2020

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Fr. Zacharias is a disciple of Saint Sophrony, and a member of The Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, England.

Currently our monastic community is reading his book, "Remember Thy FIrst Love" together. He is in the living tradition of St. Silouan of Mt. Athos and St. Sophrony of Essex.

The following is a recent letter that he sent to Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon's Monastery in Pennsylvania:

17.03.20 Father Zacharias’s Word of Consolation for the Pandemic

Part I

Many people are in confu...

3.16.2020

 Holy Martyr Corona (Stephanie): invoked in the West for help during epidemics.

Greetings all!

As many of you know we have just dealt with a presumed COVID-19 infection in our monastic community. Going through this together has opened our eyes to the gravity of the situation.

Thank God the monastic tested negative this week. We are very grateful for all your prayers! 

Initially we had hoped to open the monastery back up to visitors with that negative test, but right now that seems unwise. Many of our monastics are older and suffer with illness...

3.3.2020

Fr. Alexii will be at the Nativity of the Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Women's Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana for Saturday Vespers and Sunday Liturgy on March 7/8, 2020

Then, on Sunday evening he will be the homilist at Pan-Orthodox Vespers for Northwest Indiana.

Services will be as usual for Lent while he is gone, but only Typica on Sunday a.m.

May God strengthen us all as we seek to go deeper in offering ourselves completely to our Lord in love and repentance!

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We’re honored that you’ve visited the website for Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete located in Weatherby, Missouri! Take your time to discover beauty, goodness, and truth. We believe that these trails ultimately will lead you to the most wonderful of human experiences: inner freedom! 

 

Surrounded by the beauty of nature, the music of the trees, the songs of the birds, and the presence of our Creator in nature, our souls have a chance to catch their breath.

 

We are three communities serving God as one, Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete (led by Hieromonk Alexii), St. Xenia Sisterhood (led by Abbess Brigid), and, our newest, Protection of the Virgin Mary (led by Abbess Sergia). The skete has two monks, three novices, and two monastic workers; and St. Xenia's has four nuns and one novice; and Protection currently has one nun.

Thanks to the mercies of our Kind Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ, the prayers and sacrificial gifts of many, the monastery property has a total of 80-acres, with 15-acres of farmable pasture, 65-acres of forest, trails, and ponds, and 7 well-built structures. Since closing on the property on October 14, 2014, our mortgage has gone from $387,000 to $197,000 (as of 12/31/19), thanks to the assistance of many with down payment and monthly donations.

 

At the monastery, we have:

  • Daily cycle of Church Services,  praying for benefactors and many in need

  • St. Gabriel Orthodox Cemetery on one acre of monastery land with eight buried here. 

  • Pilgrims visiting each month (mostly from the Greater Kansas City area, but others from Des Moines, Omaha, Lincoln, St. Louis, Denver, Idaho, Alaska, and as far away as Eritrea, Ethiopia, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Russia).

  • Retreats from parish groups.

  • Prayer walks though the trails

  • Prayer ropes, and wooden prayer beads made from monastery trees (made by the sisters)

Additionally, with the help of volunteers and some contract labor, we have:

  • Added a new barn/shed, and a new greenhouse

  • Planted a two-acre vineyard, now it year 2. (1800 vines and 16 varieties are growing)

  • A thriving beehive that is producing honey!

  • 9 chickens and one rooster!

  • Discovered wonderful mushrooms, morel, oysters and others!

  • Currently we are finishing a new men's library, six new men's cells, and three new women's cells

  • Installed a new fence to protect the vineyard from deer, who enjoy our vines :)


So, "slowly, slowly" things are growing! For regular updates, see our our Featured Posts. We continue to look for those who would like to join us in prayer, farming, woodworking, herbal remedies, and to volunteer in helping to build the monastery! Our prayer is that by visiting this website, you can catch a glimpse of a new beginning. Perhaps what you will take away is simply to do your part “not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good” (St. Paul to the Romans 12:21). Peace to you and yours.

Thank you for your visit!

 
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