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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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Feast of the Holy Rosary

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.  Having completed NHA's 22nd Annual Rosary Convocation, we stand further committed to the Rosary and the riches it provides.  At the Skete we have partnered with Ireland, the UK, Australia, others in the USA, Lebanon, Canada, Poland, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Belgium, Romania, France, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Finland, Spain, Portugal,  Croatia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Syria, Holy Land, Jordan, Iraq, Armenia, India, Russia, Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Nigeria, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganada amongst other countries, to form a Holy League of Nations. We will all gather on our coasts/borders to pray the Rosary for Life & Faith.  Together we are calling on God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our wounded nations and return them to holiness.  We'll be saying our rosary at the River later today.  

The Rosary is a holy and special devotion 
that is praying the LIFE of Christ. 

“The rhythm of the Prayer Rope measures time at St. Simeon Skete, it pervades it and forms it. ”  

“The Rosary is a sojourn, a walking with Christ in union with Mary, but it is also a place, that has no goal - only depth.”
The Third Strand of the Nazareth Prayer Rope is The Remnant Rosary, praying the Life of Christ.  This Rosary came into being during an all night prayer vigil in a Northern woods, September 1969.  The verses of focus for that vigil were Col. 1:24 and Col. 1:27.
“Jesus your life is living in me.”
“The Remnant Rosary is praying the Life of Jesus in union with Mary who said yes to that Life (Lk. 1:29, 38; 2:19, 51; Jn. 2:1,5; 19:25-27; Acts 1:14).  The Mysteries are the inner room of meeting (Mt. 6:6), a storeroom where new and old treasures are brought forth (Mt. 13:52): The Rosary is a window through which I can look out and see God’s view of things.  The Blessed Mother, Mary Messenger of Peace is loved in my life; the Remnant Rosary has given to this love that form and expression which is most beautiful and desirable.”
“I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries.  Even so then at the present time also there is a remnant.” -Jer. 23:3; Rom. 11:5
“If you want to get back to the source of the Rosary, to its origins we would need to open the Scriptures. That is why I like to bring together the Bible and the Beads, the two together.” —Fr. Gabriel Harty, O.P . and for us at the skete, we also add the bowl. 
“If you want to understand the Rosary its praying the Life of Jesus. If you want to understand Mary, it’s saying yes to that Life. Therefore the Rosary is praying the Life of Jesus in union with Mary who said yes to that Life.” —Seraphim

“The Rosary (as vocation) is four prayers orchestrated by four sets of Mysteries celebrated in four Rosaries combating the four evils of our day in the Hour that our Lord asks for.” (Could you not watch with me one hour?”) Mat. 26:40 —Seraphim

The month of October is a good time to commit to praying the Rosary everyday. 

For more info on the Remnant Rosary, click on this link:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Feast of St. Francis

Pray, Pray always.  

"StFrancis Day has always deserved my special attention since I need a lot of guidance to find the answer to the question "What place does poverty really have in my life?" I've felt that without a certain attempt to live a life of poverty I would be distracted. There are three aspects of Poverty that attract me: 1. Living simple, sober and silent, 2. a kind of forlorn fostered freedom, and 3. alleviating all poverty unlike Christ."  G.K. Chesterton/ Bk. StFrancis says that 'StFrancis' argument for poverty was 'that the dedicated man might go anywhere among any kind of men, even the worst kind of men, so long as there was nothing by which they could hold him.  If he had any ties or needs like ordinary men, (something that he may be 'hanging' onto) he would become like ordinary men." - (Gal. 2:20).  

(Acts 17:6) "...they dragged certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying these that have turned the world upside down come hither"

Therefore each year on St. Francis day I "stand on my head" because by seeing the world upside down I have discovered its dependent nature.  By seeing the world upside down, you can see the same city, people, church, home and job ... but in a different way! 

Dependence by definition means relying on for support... "Hanging".  When I saw in my upside world all that was just hanging there, I realized a greater truth. Maybe its not so much that we are being held - maybe the greater truth is that we're not being dropped! When a student drops a course, their reasons are usually that the course is too hard, not interesting enough or doesn't fit into their present plans.  But let me tell you something, God will never drop you no matter how hard you become, or how uninteresting you are or how unfit.  How do I know?  I've turned upside down." -Seraphim+