On this eve of the Theophany, you may wish to read “Moments at the Monastery” in West Virginia Living about the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in Wayne, West Virginia. The monastery is an English language outpost of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York. I have wanted to visit the West Virginia monastery for several years, but I have not gotten around to go yonder into the hills. Hopefully, I shall make it there this year.
It may seem a bit profane, but I wish most to see the goat herd. Liturgies, prayers, theosis . . . yeah, yeah, but I really have a more horizontal orientation. I love goats and the Appalachian Mountains, and I am happy that both are being put to divine use by the good monks. If I had days to volunteer at the monastery, I would like to work with the goats. They are among God’s favorite critters. Unfortunately, most of the scriptural references refer to killing them for sacrifice. I wonder if goat blood has that peculiar goat odor, too . . .
Merry Christmas for the last time this year!