Students at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
began and ended their first week with prayer and celebration
On Tuesday, the Seminary began the new academic year. Archimandrite Luke, the Rector and Acting Dean of the Seminary, served a supplicatory moleben after the liturgy. The brotherhood and seminarians prayed for a blessed year in the presence of the Kursk-Root Icon.
After breakfast, students met with seminary administration for orientation. Father Luke welcomed the students and gave some words of advice. He stressed the importance of asking oneself, ”Why am I here?” and of treating each day of one’s seminary career as the first. He then blessed new students to wear their cassocks.
Hieromonk Cyprian (Alexandrou), the Dean of Students, then explained the basic guidelines for common life in the seminary, and then announced each student’s obedience for the year. In addition to classes, each student will spend several hours a day helping the monastery in various capacities. Obediences include cleaning the church, working in the bookstore, and baking bread.
Classes began on Wednesday. Students were placed in classes according to the results of their placement exams. Most are taking classes in the same year, but others are taking classes from multiple years.