Orthodox Men's Retreat at Holy Trinity Monastery
On March 19-20, 2011, Orthodox men of all ages met at Holy Trinity Monastery for the Orthodox Men's Pilgrimage, organized by members of St. Xenia's Russian Orthodox Church in Methuen, Massachusetts. The pilgrims, led by Archpriest Michael Crowley of St. Xenia's, started to arrive at the monastery on Friday the 18th, with the rest of the pilgrims arriving the next day. Most of the pilgrims stayed at the monastery guest house.
On Saturday morning, several of the pilgrims assisted as altar servers for the divine liturgy. After lunch, the group met with Archimandrite Luke, abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, who gave a talk touching on issues such as the fundamentals of spiritual life, the life and history of the monastery, and determining God's will for one's self. The group was then led by seminarians Anthony Williams and Ephraim Willmarth on a tour of the monastery grounds, including the church, seminary, icon studio, and baptistry, before attending the communion rule in the church of St. Job of Pochaev underneath the Holy Trinity cathedral.
The pilgrims attended the divine liturgy on Sunday and received Holy Communion. After the liturgy, the group met once again to discuss key spiritual issues with Fr. Michael, as well as to sum up the activities of the weekend. The group then gathered for a final group picture before parting ways.