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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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rosary Wombs

The photo above is one of Seraphim, many many years ago. I went looking for him and found him folded up in this tiny cave, praying.  The afternoon sun ignited his hands which were rhythmically telling the beads, yet he, himself was in darkness.  I remember thinking it was like being in a womb, the Name of God being prayed on each bead - shaping and forming.

Rosary Wombs

In the Nativity, He comes forth, formed from the body, blood and courage of Mary. In the Resurrection, He comes forth, formed from His body, blood and courage. This then becomes our rosary from which each bead, as many wombs, reigning and holding us in, until formed are birthed into this mystery of beads, movements and prayers from which we find our body, blood and courage with which to embrace both womb and tomb, making possible the living in between.” Seraphim+ 
Monday's Chaplet of the Rosary is dedicated to the Joyous Mysteries:  The Joyous Mystery that coincides with this Greetings and Readings Message is:

The Birth:
Scriptures for these Mysteries: Lk.2:1-20; 2Cor.8:9; Ezek. 34:16; Isa. 30:18; Mt. 2:1-12; Acts 17:28; Mt. 6:33; 7:7.
  1. Jesus your Life journey to Bethlehem is living in me
  2. Jesus your Life finding no room in the Inn is living in me
  3. Jesus your Life finding no room in our muchness is living in me
  4. Jesus your Life finding no room in our heedlessness is living in me
  5. Jesus your Life Mary giving birth in the margins is living in me
  6. Jesus your Life drawing shepherds and wisemen is living in me
  7. Jesus your Life the poor seeking, waiting, receiving is living in me
  8. Jesus your Life remaking our birth in yours is living in me
  9. Jesus your Life Mary pondering these things is living in me
  10. “Jesus your Life is living in me that this day/night may be one of birthing” (2 Cor. 6:2; Ps. 69:13; Rev. 3:20).