Special Monastery Invitation
The 7th Annual Feast Day Celebration for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery
It is our pleasure to invite you to celebrate the seventh annual feast day celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery on Saturday, December 31, 2016. We will celebrate the Divine Liturgy with His Grace, Bishop Alexander, visiting clergy and the faithful.
Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):
9:30 AM - Reading of the Hours and Prayers Before Communion
10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy and procession to the cemetery
12:00 PM - Reception / Luncheon at the St. Seraphim Retreat Center
Keynote speaker: the Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Dallas, and the South – The Role of the “Spiritual Father” in Orthodoxy
For the Feast day of The Holy Nativity of our Lord Monastery, His Grace, Bishop Alexander will be offering a keynote address on the role of the "spiritual Father" in Orthodoxy.
Bishop Alexander has written extensively on St. Symeon the New Theologian who was instructed almost exclusively by his own abbot and spiritual father, Symeon the Studite. Their unique relationship brings to mind many questions for Orthodox Christians: Having a spiritual father is not common, but is it necessary? Is the spiritual father the same as one's father-confessor? Is it appropriate for non-monastics to seek out this kind of relationship?
Bishop Alexander will address these questions as well as share his own thoughts on the role of the "spiritual father" for Orthodox Christians today.
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery is an Orthodox Christian women's monastic community located in Kemp, TX, within the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America. The initial planning for the monastery began in late 2000 with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri. In 2009, with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, a 13 acre property with an existing house and other buildings was purchased on the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, September 25. The existing house was soon renovated, and a chapel was erected from two former rooms of the house. The chapel was dedicated to St. Nicholas and blessed by His Beatitude on November 28, 2009.