CAMBRIDGE, NY [New Skete]—The Monastic Communities and Chapel Community members of New Skete Monastery here extend the invitation to join them for a day of prayer and reflection on Saturday, August 13, 2011—rain or shine.
The theme of the pilgrimage is “Preparing for Life: Exploring End of Life Questions.” As is the rule of monastic life, the day will begin and end with prayer—Matins at 8:30 am, followed by the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am—and end with Vigil at 5:00 p.m.
In addition, a special Healing Service with Anointing will be held at 4:00 pm. Archpriest George Gray, rector of Saint Nicholas Church, Portland, OR and a lecturer on end-of-life issues, will deliver the feature presentation, while Sister Macrina, Ph. D. of the Nuns of New Skete, will give the response and lead the discussion. In addition, the day will include tours of the monastery churches, a talk on monastic life, a demonstration of the monks’ dog training and puppy socialization programs, along with time for hiking, conversation, reflection and quite.
Activities for children and teens are also planned, and traditional ethnic and American food will be available for purchase.
The Monks, Nuns, and Companions of New Skete are a stavropegial monastery under His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah.