Heavenly Patrons

Although the monastery (poustinia) is dedicated to the Icon of Our Lady Joy of All Who Sorrow, we honor and commemorate three saints as our special heavenly patrons: Saint Seraphim of Sarov, Saint Blessed Xenia of Petersburg, and Saint Mitrofan Bishop of Voronezh.

A patron saint is regarded as the intercessor and advocate in heaven of a nation, place, monastery, church, craft, activity, class, or person.  Since the time of the early Christians up to the present, a vast number of patron saints have been recorded.

The Orthodox Catholic Church has always placed great significance upon names.  In fact,  not only are names of great import in the Church, but the actual process of naming someone holds great significance to us. These customs are of divine origin and of tremendous significance,  but unfortunately are not a part of modern American culture.  The significance of names and naming is one area where Orthodox Tradition will inevitably effect the American practice, and is also an area where we must be on guard of the reverse effect and of allowing American culture to rob the Church of meaningful and universal customs.