On the eve of June 28th, 2016 (o.s.), the feast of the Holy Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman of Valaam, the abbot of Hoy Trinity Monastery Archimandrite Luke tonsured a monk into the lesser schema and a novice into the rank of rassaphore monk. Following the tonsures, Fr Luke greeted the new monks with this short exhortation.
We begin the Great Fast with the command of our Saviour to forgive one another in order to receive from our Lord complete forgiveness of our sins. But this is only the beginning.
A sermon delivered by Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord (Dec. 25, 2016 / January 7, 2017).