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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Friday, May 16, 2014

NHA Rosary Pilgrimage (Part 3)

The NHA Rosary Convocation took place last week.  The Rosary Pilgrimage was held on Saturday, May 10th.   The first two sets of Mysteries were said at St. Augustine's Parish in Leopold, Indiana and St. Joseph's Shrine near St. Meinrad, Indiana.  

The Sorrowful Mysteries took place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Monte Cassino.  A quaint little stone chapel dedicated to the rosary.  

Seraphim pointing out Mary's Peace Plan: "Do whatever He tells us" 

Entering the chapel 

admiring the frescos

lighting a few candles...

Father Tim Butler led us as we prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries.

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES -about the Mystery of suffering.
 In the first sorrow of the Rosary 
we offer ourselves to the mystery of The Garden: Mt. 26:36-46; Lk.22:39-46; Jn.13:30 

The Second Sorrowful Mystery: 
 The Scourging: Mt. 26: 47-50, 69-75, 56; Mt. 27:2, 12-17, 21b, 22,25,26; 
Heb. 4:15; 5:2; 4:16; Isa. 28:15; 53:4-6 

Seraphim (as always) holding the Bible and the Beads.  He never is without
his tiny pocket sized copy of the Gospels and his beads 

3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Thorns: Mt. 27:27-31

In the fourth sorrow of the rosary, we offer ourselves to the mystery of the Cross:  Jn.19:16, 17; 1Cor.1:18-24

The last Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion: Lk. 23:33-46; Jn.19:25- 27

In between the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, its time for a picnic lunch.

A special thank you to Cecil and Sarah Appleman who were unable to make the pilgrimage but provided our lunch!

The Steeple and roof of the chapel received new copper. 

A little clean up and we are on our way to the Archabbey for the Glorious Mysteries.


At the Archabbey of St. Meinrad.  There are eleven archabbeys in the world and we are fortunate that we have one of the two in America so near us.

  1. Montecassino, Italy
  2. Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Italy
  3. Arpino (nuns), Italy
  4. Beuron, Germany
  5. Sankt Ottilien, Germany
  6. Brevnov, Czech Republic
  7. St. Peter's in Salzburg, Austria
  8. Pannonhalma, Hungary
  9. Saint Vincent, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
  10. Saint Meinrad, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, USA
  11. St. Sebastion, Salvador (Bahia), Brazil

-about the Mystery of faith.

The Resurrection: Mt. 28:1-8; Jn. 20, the first Glorious Mystery

In the second glory of the Rosary we offer ourselves to the mystery of The Ascension: Mt. 26:32; 28:1-7b; Jn. 20:19, 21, 26; Acts1:2-14 

The Third Glorious Mystery:  The Spirit: Acts 2:1-6,11; 1Cor. 2:5,10; 12:13;

2 Cor. 3:17; Gal.5: 22-23; Eph. 5:18; 1Jn. 4:8, 16 

The Fourth Glorious Mystery:  The Assumption: Gen.5:24; 2Kings 2:11-12; Ps.46:4; Ps.132; S.of S. 8:5; Heb.11:5; Jn.14:3; Eph.1:17-20; Rev. 12:1,2 

The last Glorious Mystery:  The Coming: Mt. 25:31-34; 26:64; Mk. 13; Lk. 18:7-8; Jn. 1:51; 14:1- 3; Job 19:25; 2Tim. 4:8; Rev.8:1; 2:2-5; Dt. 8:18; Zeph.3:12 

The Gardens of the Archabbey are beautiful.

The Rosary gives us a place to: 


Review and
Revise our Relationship with God.


Pray and live the Rosary, “And aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs and to work with your hands (telling your beads), as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” - 1Thess. 4:11-12 (ESV).

Relative to taking up the Prayer Rope as vocation one must ask: “Are you the one, or do we look for another?” (Mt. 11:3; Lk. 7:19). Holy Simeon found Him to be the one, to be enough. - (Lk. 2:27-32).

“The Three-stranded Prayer Rope Constitutes the very essence of religion and is the environment in which that essence is best expressed.” -Seraphim

Its been another wonderful Rosary Convocation.  We look forward to next year.