St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Eleven of St. Simeon Skete

Saint Simeon Skete is named after the God-receiver, Saint Simeon.  There are ten other patron Saints of St. Simeon Skete.


Each day of the week holds a specific celebration at the Skete:

  • Monday - The Holy Trinity
  • Tuesday -The Angels
  • Wednesday -The Saints
  • Thursday - The Holy Spirit
  • Friday - The Passion and The Holy Mother
  • Saturday - The Holy Name 
  • Sunday - The Resurrection of Our Lord
One of the Eleven Patron Saints is honored each week.    On Wednesday during the Mass,  an Icon of one of the saints is brought to the Altar during the Offering and enthroned.   We rotate  through The Eleven Patron Saints, changing each Wednesday, completing the cycle every 11 weeks.  

This week our Saint is St. Isaac the Syrian.   

The Eleven: 

"And vouchsafe to give to us some portion and fellows with thy:"

  1. Holy Prophet Elijah who heard God in the stillness,
  2. St. Simeon who found God to be enough,
  3. Holy Prophet John, forerunner and baptizer of our Lord in the Jordan River where Heaven opened, 
  4. St. Mary of Bethany who chose the better part that's not to be taken away from her, 
  5. John the Beloved who with Mary Magdalene and Mary, the Mother of our Lord bore witness at the foot of the Cross,
  6. St. Paul, the Apostle, who showed us the way of the Name,
  7. St. Pachomios who gave us the Angel's rule of prayer,
  8. St. Arsenios who fled, found solitude and prayed always,
  9. St. Mary of Egypt who found repentance to be enough, 
  10. St. Isaac the Syrian who showed us the beyond to be in our midst,
  11. St. Gregory of Sinai who chose to stay with the Prayer.