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We are a Hermitage of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia directly under the care of Metropolitan Hilarion.
We are a bi-ritual monastery using both the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom and the Liturgy of Saint John the Divine (the Stowe Missal) which was in use in Ireland, Iona, Northumbria, and the rest of the British Isles in the 'golden age' of the Celtic/British Church up until the Norman invasion of 1066.
Christ is joy, the true light, happiness. Christ is our hope. Our relation to Christ is love, eros, passion, enthusiasm, longing for the divine. Christ is everything. He is our love. He is the object of our desire. This passionate longing for Christ is a love that cannot be taken away. This is where joy flows from. Christ himself is a joy. He is a joy that transforms you into a different person.
Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia.