April 8, 2010

Holy Archangels Monastery in Texas

Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery is located in the beautiful hill country of Central Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. It was established in 1996 by Elder Ephraim, of St. Anthony's Monastery, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. The land and the monastery's buildings are of great beauty. The Katholikon is in the basilica style, much like St.Katherine's on Mount Sinai. The carved wood work of the iconostasis, the stasidia, as well as the other lovely architectural qualities such as the wonderful iconography and stone work, make it a place of breathtaking beauty, calling to mind the heavenly character of this holy place. Apparitions of the Holy Archangels, and recently of the Blessed Elder Joseph the Hesychast, have even more strongly confirmed this as a truly "otherworldly" place of pilgrimage.