Monastic Reflection

from Magnificat vol 30, n3

The practice of celebrating Christmas, or, more properly, the Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 25 originated at Rome early in the Fourth Century and soon made its way to the East where the Church was already celebrating the Lord's birth on January 6. This primordial feast was known as Epiphany, meaning manifestation or shining forth. Its principal focus was the Savior's baptism by John in the Jordan, but it also commemorated His birth, the visit of the Magi, and the working of His first miracle at Cana: all events that manifested Christ to the world. The Armenian Apostolic Church preserves the feast in this primitive form even today. (Read the rest of the article Restoration).

We need your help!

New Addition

2014 proved significant for the growth and expansion of Holy Transfiguration Skete. Spring saw completion of the Jampot's onsite waste treatment system. This vital infrastructure improvement, coupled with the co-operation of the Eagle Harbor Township zoning authorities, paved the way for a long-awaited expansion of Jampot production facilities. The project got underway with partial demolition of then-existing structures at the close of the season in late October and has progressed quickly since then. See the Jampot Addition page for up-to-date details.

The cost of building and equipping the new facility is coming in at about $600,000.00. Generous donations during the Christmas season have covered about a third of the cost and have allowed us to complete the building's shell and proceed with interior work. We hope to finish the addition and make it operational by the beginning of the coming season. We still have a long way to go.

Your generosity will help make this possible. Please visit our Donations page.

Glory to Jesus Christ!

We are a Catholic Monastery of the Byzantine rite, under the jurisdiction of The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago, and belonging to the Ukrainian Metropoly in the United States of America, which is in union with the Pope of Rome, supreme pastor of the universal Church. We embrace evangelical poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability of life, according to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the traditions of the Christian East.

In our skete at Jacob's Falls, on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, we devote ourselves to a common life of prayer and work for the praise, love, and service of God and for the upbuilding of His Kingdom through the Arts.

The Transfiguration

Tropar of the Holy Transfiguration

Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord

You were transfigured on the mountain,
O Christ our God,
revealing as much of your glory to your disciples
as they could behold.
Through the prayers of the Mother of God,
let your everlasting light also shine upon us sinners.
O Giver of Light, glory be to You!

The nations all encompassed me; in the Lord's name I crushed them.
They compassed me, compassed me about; in the Lord's name I crushed them.
They compassed me about like bees; they blazed like a fire among thorns. In the Lord's name I crushed them.
Psalm 117(118) vv. 10-12.

We celebrate in English, using music traditional to the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Weekend services are also open to the public. Please us if you are interested in attending services at other times.