"Hermits of St John the Divine" is a hermitage
under the omophorion of His Beatitude Metropolitan +JOHN, chief
hierarch of the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South
Americas & the British Isles (a TOC jurisdiction).
We are idiorrhythmic monastic hermits -- as were the Benedictine
Romualdians and the Augustinian Hermits in the OrthodoxWest or the
anchorites in the East -- located in the suburban village of
Eastwood, New York. Our
Life-In-Christ, according to our Holy Rule, is one of Love,
Interiority, Silence, Repentance, Community and Prayerful
Intercession for the salvation of all mankind.
Our own Customary is based upon Romualdians Tradition while
our monastic Typikon is that of St Benedict & St Romauld.
We are the founding hermitage of the Orthodox Congregation of St
Benedict - Romualdian Tradition which is itself within the
American Congregation of the Primitive Observance of the Order of
St. Benedict that includes monasteries for men or women throughout
in the Americas and the British Isles under the governance of the
Liturgically we are dual-ritual. Ordinarily we observe the
Slavic Use of the (Eastern) Byzantine Rite.
On special occasions we will observe the Anglo-Roman Use of
the pre-1054 Orthodox Western Rite. The Orthodox Hermitage of St
John the Divine was established in 1999 when its founder was raised
to stavrophore-monk on the Commemoration Day of the Repose of Our
Elder Theodore of Kievian Caves (+1997).
The Hermits of St John Divine exists not only for the salvation of
its members by living in common the evangelic life: the renouncing
of sin and sinful passions in favor of the Kingdom of the Father
revealed in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit poured forth in the
Church; but also for the salvation of those who call themselves
“Orthodox Christians” and for the redemption of all mankind through
our own repentance, ascetic practice and unceasing prayer as
exampled to us by St. Silouan the Athonite.
The Congregation is dedicated to its patrons the Beloved Disciple St
John the Theologian and looks to his example of love, evangelization
and mystical union with Christ while in Ephesus and his life live in
the face of death on Patmos. Equally we look to the Theotokos
of Our Lord Christ Jesus for her example of love, hiddenness
(solitude), her unceasing prayer and contemplation while at Ephesus.
Among others, the Congregation honors all-Saints of Ephesus, Patmos,
the British Isles and the Americas.