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The Monastic Community of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos embodies the Holy Orders of the AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH which include:

 

Society of St. Jude Thaddeus (SSJt.)

Orthodox Order of Friars Minor (OOFM) The Holy Rule of Life

Benedictine (OSB): The Holy Rule of Life

Servants (In Service) to Christ (SC)


Monastic Community of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos

 

 

 


The following description of the various degrees and process for a monk into the  community of each Holy Order is actually the basis for many other Holy Orders both East and West.  Thus, while the following is the Orthodox way... understand that Each Holy Order has its own process, which is similar but not necessarily the same.

 

The Holy Order of the Brotherhood of St. Jude Thaddeus (Society of St. Jude Thaddeus, Holy Order of St. Jude Thaddeus known as the Thaddean Fathers which is often referred to as "Thaddean Companions" [SSJt.]), the Order of Saint Benedict (Benedictine [OSB]), Orthodox Order of Saint Francis [OOFM], and the Servants (In Service) to Christ [SC] follow a similar path.

 

The Holy Rule of Life for the Benedictine and the Franciscans are the same for each Holy Order no matter what Jurisdiction of the One, Holy, Catholic Church they be located or formed under.  Thus, at apostle1.com, the Benedictine Rule of Life for the ACSB (American Congregation of Saint Benedict) is the same for all.  The Rule of Life for Franciscans is the same for all, as posted at the ORTHODOX PROVINCE OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI page...

 

The Rule of Life for the Society of St. Jude Thaddeus (SSJt.) and Servants (In Service) to Christ (SC) are similar and will be posted at a later time...

 

Also, may you be made aware of the fact that the first Holy Orders recognized by the Church, before the Roman jurisdiction schismed in 1054 A.D. from that which is referred to and known as the Christian Church, is that established at Mt. Carmel and then St. Benedict of Nursia (6th Century), who is recognized as the Father of Western monasticism followed by many other Holy Orders that exist in these present times, although the Rule of Life for each Holy Order will vary but have similar elements in life and living the particular Rule they are bound to observe. You may wish to inquire about each one of them before joining.

 

Society of St. Jude Thaddeus (SSJt.)

Orthodox Order of Friars Minor (OOFM) The Holy Rule of Life

Benedictine (OSB): The Holy Rule of Life

Servants (In Service) to Christ (SC)

 

If, after reading the following, you are interested in joining or are already a member of one of the major Holy Orders from another jurisdiction and wish to explore the possibility of relocating your affiliation, please feel free to contact us.

 

Mailing Address Only:

713 W. Spruce #90,  Deming, New Mexico 88030

Phone (505) 544 - 8279

 

May it be noted and understood that not all Holy Orders use the same nomenclature as follows although the purposes and reasons are very similar.  In most "Orthodox Catholic" jurisdictions, the following is the template for all in Holy Orders regardless of the name of the station one acquires.

 

BORN:                                                                                 ROGER SMITH

We suggest that a Christian name be given to a new born child. However this is not always the case.

 

CHRISMATED INTO ORTHODOXY:                 ROGER “JAMES” SMITH

When one enters orthodoxy, he/she is given a Christian name. In this instance "James" after the apostle or Saint "James".  In place of "James" an individual may be given that of another Saint. This name can be used by the individual if he/she wishes, but is always used by the clergy when addressing that individual and during religious functions. 

 

MONASTIC TONSURE (Novice):               ROGER "Joseph" (Smith)

When one is tonsured a novice, he is given the title of “Brother” and the “Name of a Saint” to help him or her on the religious journey ahead. The last name is then put into parentheses, to show that as a monk s/he has died to the former self. The monastic seldom has need to use the last name in religious life.

 

RYASSOPHORE (Professed Robe Wearer):         "FATHER Joseph" (Smith), SSJt.

After the novitiate, the monastic continues onto Ryassophore. The title is changed to “Father”, as he becomes a Spiritual Father to those in need and the initials, applicable to the Holy Order is added to the end of his name to show he is fully accepted into the Family of the Holy Order.

 

STAVROPHORE (Consecrated Cross Wearer):        "FATHER JOSEPH THADDEUS," SSJt.

If the Abbot approves the consecration, the ryassophore may continue on his monastic journey and forever become a consecrated Stavrophore monk. The Stavrophore must prove he is willing and capable of carrying the “Cross of Christ” in his daily life. The newly consecrated stavrophore, after making profession, will discontinue the use of his last name altogether and take the additional name of the “Saint” of the Holy Order, as a symbol that he no longer belongs to the world, but forever to our Lord Jesus Christ as a consecrated monastic following the Rule of Life established by the Holy Order.

 

SCHEMA (Consecrated Elder):                  "SCHEMA-FATHER JOSEPH THADDEUS," SSJt.

A Schemamonk is a rare step taken in monastic life and is seldom approved by the Abbot or Bishop. The Schema, goes beyond carrying the Cross of Christ. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, he must be willing to surrender his life to totally save peoples souls. He must in fact be willing to be nailed to the cross he has been carrying. The Schemamonk is in essence, an Elder among the monastic, He is a monk who has aspired to a spiritual level that transcends worldly desires. It is a life of constant prayer. He is a walking icon of our Lord Jesus Christ. A Schemamonk is sought after by religious of all ranks, monastic and lay people for spiritual advice and comfort, as well as other Spiritual and religious matters. The Schemamonk will again take a new Name in Christ to show he has totally given up his worldly life.


Mailing Address Only:

713 W. Spruce #90,  Deming, New Mexico 88030

Phone (505) 544 - 8279


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