Friday, November 15, 2019

"Prayer enlarges our hearts:" The Nativity Fast begins

Forty days is a biblical number of preparation and waiting, and as of today, Christmas is 40 days away! So, Christians in the Byzantine tradition begin today a 40-day fasting period in preparation for the Birth of Our Lord.

Here is a beautiful image to keep in mind during this time of waiting, captured in this quote of St. John Vianney, as well as in the words of many other saints of East and West: “My children, you have a little heart, but prayer enlarges it and makes it capable of loving God." Our hearts are our spiritual womb, and just as a child expands a mother's womb as he or she is growing, God expands our hearts by His presence within us. He makes us capable of loving Him and others.

The icon to the right is called the Platytera icon ("More spacious than the heavens"). It depicts Jesus in the womb of Mary, and her hands are outstretched in prayer. During these 40 days, we can recall the immense intimacy she had with Jesus growing in her womb. We can ask her to help us to grow in this same intimacy through prayer, as we empty ourselves through fasting and allow Jesus to enter into us and expand us.

We are praying for you during this time of preparation and expectation!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

There's still time for your donation to be doubled!

Shortly before this year's Bridegroom's Banquet, another matching donor came forward and pledged $20,000 in addition to the original $100,000 matching funds challenge. We raised $104,845 at or before the event (which is a record total!), but about $15,000 can still be matched, through the end of the year! We would deeply appreciate any help you are able to give, and we are excited to start planning our chapel's interior renovations, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

How to Donate

By Mail:
You may send a donation marked "Bridegroom's Banquet" by cash or check payable to "Christ the Bridegroom Monastery" to:

The Bridegroom's Banquet
Christ the Bridegroom Monastery
17485 Mumford Rd.
Burton, OH 44021

You may also donate online with your credit card by using this link. Be sure to choose "Bridegroom Banquet 2019" as the "fund" in step 4. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2nd Banquet Video

This second video was played in addition to our Spiritual Motherhood video at the Bridegroom's Banquet on Oct. 19. It begins with a message from Bishop Milan, includes footage from our canonical establishment and institution of the hegumena on Sept. 30, and highlights the recent and future renovations of the monastery chapel. To help with our newest renovation project, please visit the Bridegroom's Banquet tab!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Our new video: Spiritual Motherhood

A look into the lives of the nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery and their experiences of spiritual motherhood. A young lay woman and a priest also share how the spiritual motherhood of the nuns has affected their lives.

This video was produced for the 2019 Bridegroom's Banquet benefit dinner, by David Bratnick. Previous banquet videos can be found on our "About Us" page and "Poustinia" page.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Record total at this year's Bridegroom's Banquet!

We raised a record amount of funds at this year's benefit dinner! ($104,845, which will be matched!) The money raised will go towards renovating the interior of our chapel and our general operating expenses. Thank you to all you joined us and all who supported us! We are incredibly grateful!!

Enjoy these photos!

We will soon share the beautiful videos that were produced for the event!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Issue of Pomegranate Blossoms

We hope you enjoy the Fall 2019 issue of our newsletter, Pomegranate Blossoms!

In it, you'll find:
  • Photos of the newly renovated exterior of our chapel
  • A description of this past summer's projects
  • A list of improvements we would like to make to the interior of our chapel
  • Ways you can help with this next, and very important, project! (It's still possible to make a donation towards the Bridegroom's Banquet, which will be doubled!)
  • Reflections from Mother Iliana and Mother Cecilia
  • Articles about the Boys & Girls Camp and the Mariapoch Pilgrimage
  • Our 2nd set of book recommendations
  • A photo from Mother Theodora's appearance on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa and directions on how to find and watch the show

Monday, October 7, 2019

Deadline extended to Oct. 12 for the Bridegroom's Banquet

The registration deadline has been extended to Sat., Oct. 12, for our annual benefit dinner, the Bridegroom's Banquet, which is taking place on Sat., Oct. 19, at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Brecksville, Ohio. Visit our banquet tab for more info. and to register. Registration is free.

We hope you can join us for a delightful evening of:

  • Prayer--Vespers cantored by the nuns
  • Fellowship with other awesome friends of the nuns
  • Buffet dinner
  • Video about our spiritual motherhood, filmed and edited by David Bratnick
  • Presentation about the recent renovations of our chapel and our upcoming projects
  • Opportunity for your donation to be matched!
  • Magic show by Mark Cook (see the banquet tab for more info. about Mark)
  • Hugs from the nuns!