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2014-15 Construction Slideshow

 
  • Photo 1 of 21Gyprock Meeting Room

    Gyprock Meeting Room

  • Photo 2 of 21Gyprock Monk Cell

    Gyprock Monk Cell

  • Photo 3 of 21Electricity Installation

    Electricity Installation

  • Photo 4 of 21Cement Rendering Dining Hall

    Cement Rendering Dining Hall

  • Photo 5 of 21Cement Rendering Dining Hall

    Cement Rendering Dining Hall

  • Photo 6 of 21Painting Monk Cell

    Painting Monk Cell

  • Photo 7 of 21Library Ceiling

    Library Ceiling

  • Photo 8 of 21Bathroom Tiled

    Bathroom Tiled

  • Photo 9 of 21Preparing for Floorboards - Monk Cells

    Preparing for Floorboards - Monk Cells

  • Photo 10 of 21Doors - Monk Cells

    Doors - Monk Cells

  • Photo 11 of 21Door Installation

    Door Installation

  • Photo 12 of 21Door Installation

    Door Frame for Monk Cell

  • Photo 13 of 21Painting

    Painting Hallway

  • Photo 14 of 21Painting Monk Cell

    Painting Monk Cell

  • Photo 15 of 21Library Staircase

    Library Staircase

  • Photo 16 of 21Tiling Library

    Tiling Library

  • Photo 17 of 21Library Tiling

    Library Tiling

  • Photo 18 of 21Library Tiling

    Library Tiling

  • Photo 19 of 21Library Tiling

    Library Tiling

  • Photo 20 of 21Monk Cells - Floorboard Sanding

    Monk Cells - Floorboard Sanding

  • Photo 21 of 21Monk Cells - Floorboard Sanding

    Monk Cells - Floorboard Sanding

Welcome to the Pantanassa Monastery web-site 

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The Holy Monastery of the Mother of God ‘PANTANASSA’ is a coenobitic monastery for men located on the Central Coast of N.S.W. Australia. The monastery was established with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church, in 1976.  It may come as a surprise to many that a monastic community founded on traditional Athonite monasticism exists in Australia. This is why, after many years of hesitation, prayer and humble reasoning, Pantanassa Monastery decided to create its own web-site. We pray that we will be able to respond to the magnitude of this task, and ask you to keep us in your prayers.

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With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Pantanassa Monastery was founded in 1976 by the former abbot, Archimandrite Stephanos in Sydney, under its previous name, Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of our Lord. The monastery remained in Earlwood, Sydney, until 1995, even though suitable land for the monastery was purchased at Mangrove Mountain on the central coast of NSW, in 1980. By 1995, a small dwelling had been constructed at Mangrove Mountain. With the blessing of His of Eminence the brotherhood later moved to this new site in the same year. Simultaneously, His Eminence renamed the monastery Pantanassa Monastery. The word, Pantanassa is from the Greek panta ‘all’ and anassa ‘queen’, hence the ‘Queen of All’.

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There are currently two priest-monks (including the abbot), one deacon-monk and two monks living there. Daily services are held in the chapel of Saints Ephraim (d. c. 373) and Isaac (d. c. 700) the Syrians, both pillars of Orthodox spirituality to this day.

The current monastic dwelling is located on the side of a mountain below a 200 metre cliff edge. It is surrounded by virgin forest overlooking a small valley and river.Current Dwellings 1.jpg

In May 2005 construction of the full monastic complex began in earnest on top of this cliff, which overlooks the Dubbo Valley and nearby National Parks.

The monks support themselves by making prayer ropes, pure bees’ wax candles, handmade incense, hand painted icons in the Byzantine style, and by mounting icon prints on timber, as well as other liturgical products.



    'Our eyes must acquire a gentle glance, and so convey the mercy from on high.'

                                                  Saint Gregory Palamas

  

 

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