Monday, August 29, 2022

The door to the Bridegroom's Banquet will stay open for a few more days!


The Bridegroom is merciful and decided to give His beloved ones more time to register to come to His banquet!

We're happy to announce that we are able to extend registration for the Bridegroom's Banquet for a few more days. We still have space available, so the new deadline is September 1st

The Bridegroom's Banquet is the main way that our monastic life is monetarily supported. We are so grateful for all of the support we receive, and we like to put together this banquet as a gift to you. This year's banquet will include an opportunity to pray Great Vespers together, dinner, a talk from Matt and Cameron Fradd, the premier of our new video: "Receive the Gift: Reflections on Chastity," and time to just be together. 

The schedule for the evening and the registration page can be found here, as well as all of the information you need to know about the event and how you can support our life of prayer and hospitality. If you are unable to attend, you can still make a donation that will be doubled.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Just a few days left to register for the Bridegroom's Banquet!

There are just a few days left before registration closes!
Make sure you visit our "Bridegroom's Banquet" page for all of the details about the event. 
It's going to be a wonderful evening!

Please invite your friends and family to share this evening with us.

We are so grateful to everyone who has registered so far, all 249 of you! We still have a lot of space available!

 For those who live far away and are unable to attend the event in person, donations can be made online here
Donations can also be mailed to us. Please mark it "Bridegroom's Banquet" so that it will be doubled by the matching fund. Our address is Christ the Bridegroom Monastery, 17485 Mumford Road, Burton, OH 44021. 

Additionally, our new video, "Receive the Gift: Reflections on Chastity," will be posted on Sunday, September 11th, so those who cannot attend can still partake of part of what we will all experience at the banquet. 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Join us for our Fall Work Day on September 17th!

Glory to Jesus Christ!

You're invited to join us for a day of work projects (mostly outdoor), prayer, food and fun at the monastery on Saturday, September 17th. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome! 

The day begins at 10 a.m., includes lunch, and closes with vespers at 5 p.m. followed by a cookout.

Come whenever available, and bring a side dish to share if you can. 

The monastery is located at 17485 Mumford Rd., Burton, Ohio. 

Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 15th, so that the appropriate amount of food can be prepared.  

Friday, August 12, 2022

We couldn't have started without you!

It's almost the middle of August already! Summer is flying by. We wanted to show you how donations from the last couple of Bridegroom's Banquets are being put to good use. The chapel renovation project is underway. 

The day before renovations started, after Divine Liturgy, some of our regular guests stayed behind to help us remove the last remaining things from the chapel. 

On August 1st, the crew arrived bright and early as we prayed Matins in our new outdoor tent-chapel (we've been calling it our "tabernacle"). Over the next few days, as nuns crossed the street from the monastery to poke their heads in the chapel, we were amazed to see the place we know so well looking so different, stripped down to its frame. 

In a photo below, you can see what the pitch of the new ceiling will be like. You can also just barely see in the back that the bathroom and meeting room/confessional in the vestibule are coming into existence. We are looking forward to having a space in our chapel for those who pray with us to be able to visit after liturgies without disturbing the silence of the chapel or having to go out in the rain, snow, or cold. 

Throughout the first week, we slowly adjusted our "tabernacle" to better meet our needs. We added a smaller tent in the back, to block the low evening sun from roasting us during Vespers. We got some more bins to keep our liturgical books out of the rain and humidity. We also added some lights after praying the Paraklesis to the Theotokos with flashlights the first night of the Dormition Fast. We're slowly figuring out how to wander in the wilderness, exiled from our chapel. It's definitely an experience we are going to remember for a long time!  

Now, we are in the second week of praying in the "tabernacle," and we discovered that the tent we have used for years for Girls' Camp is no longer waterproof. There's always some new adventure. The bottom photo shows our attempts at protecting our things from the leaky roof. 

Of course, we could not have started this exciting process without the help of all of our benefactors. We are so grateful and can't wait to be able to pray with you in our newly renovated chapel once it's finished. 

There are many more projects we'll need to do in the future, as well as maintaining our day-to-day life, and we rely on God to provide for us for all of it. The most significant way we are supported is through our Bridegroom's Banquet which is coming up in less than a month on Saturday, September 10th. If you'd like to come, please register by August 29th. Donations will be doubled up to $100,000. 

For those who live far away and are unable to attend the event in person, donations can be made online here. Donations can also be mailed to us. Please mark it "Bridegroom's Banquet" so that it will be doubled by the matching fund. Our address is Christ the Bridegroom Monastery, 17485 Mumford Road, Burton, OH 44021. 

Thank you for your help and prayers! We are praying for you!

Monday, August 1, 2022

Mariapoch Pilgrimage is Coming Up!


Pilgrimage is less than two weeks away!

We'd like to invite you to join us at this year's Eparchial Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch, from August 13th to the 14th. Please see the flyer in this post for the schedule and details. 

We will be cantoring some of the services, leading the teen and children's activities on Sunday, and helping out in some other ways as well. We're looking forward to being with you. 

Some volunteers are still needed to staff the Shrine's gift shop. Please send us an email ( if you are willing to volunteer for part of the time.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our eparchy to gather together and for anyone who's interested  to come and pray with us. The pilgrimage is open to all, not just members of the Eparchy of Parma. We hope to see you there!