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Miracle in Upstate New York

This article originally appeared on a new site about Christian revival in Russia, called Russian Faith. Their presentation video can be found at the end of this article.


Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY.


Tucked away in upstate New York is an obscure little American town, a town that’s no different from other towns that are full of quiet homes, a public library, and a post office. .

It’s no different, that is, until one suddenly stumbles upon a sprawling and splendid green-domed Russian monastery: the legendary Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY.

Built in the 1930s by monks from what had been the Russian Empire, the monastery is like a time capsule, where pre-revolutionary refugees and their students kept a tradition alive, as if keeping a priceless treasure, kept a living flame that might otherwise have been extinguished.

The Seminary (theological school) which the monks opened on the grounds of the monastery in 1948, differs from all other theological institutions in America by its unique heritage of staunch conservatism and the ascetic and monastic lifestyle it demands of its students. to lead.

For decades the monastery was the spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Christians who fled the Soviet regime, a place where Russian immigrants went on pilgrimage, made friends, became monks, met spouses of their same faith and prayed for their dead.

Almost all the pastors of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR), whether they serve in New York, Australia or Germany, are graduates of this monastery.

Even as the Russian church in Russia began to rebuild after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was able to tap into the traditions and individuals who had kept the old traditions alive overseas, in Jordanville.

But in addition to its service to the Russian people and the Russian land, the Jordanville Monastery also offers a long-awaited alternate reality for Americans and Europeans who seek a spirituality inspired by Christian tradition and asceticism.

For the monastery is indeed a different world, a strange, beautiful and elevated testimony to the Russian Orthodox faith in what is rapidly becoming a secular, materialistic and militant world.

Here the bells continue to ring, ancient prayers continue to be sung, and church services are held daily. Black-robed monks quietly perform their obediences and young men from America, Russia, Europe, Asia and Africa wake up at 5 a.m. each morning to attend divine services before the start of their vigorous course.

And although many seminary classes are now in English, the spirit of Jordanville is still steeped in prayer and the teachings of Russian monks who brought their 1000-year-old spirit of prayer, asceticism and strict tradition with them in exile.

It’s a world that you really have to live. Consider making a donation. Consider visiting. You will not regret it.

Here’s the address : 1407 Robinson Road, Jordanville, NY 13361


A video presenting the Russian faith:


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