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2016-17 Construction Slideshow  

  • Photo 1 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    First Cement Slab

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    First Cement Slab

  • Photo 3 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    First Cement Slab

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    First Cement Slab

  • Photo 5 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    First Cement Slab

  • Photo 6 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    Brick Laying

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  • Photo 11 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    Form Work - Second Cement Slab

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    Form Work - Second Cement Slab

  • Photo 13 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    Second Cement Slab - Cement Pour

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    Second Cement Slab - Cement Pour

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    Second Cement Slab - Cement Pour

  • Photo 16 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - North Wing

    Second Cement Slab

  • Photo 17 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - First Level

    Brick Laying

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    Brick Laying

  • Photo 19 of 34Monk's Living Quarters - First Level

    Brick Laying

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    Cement Slab Pour - Top Slab

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    Cement Slab Pour - Top Slab

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    Cement Slab Pour - Top Slab

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    Cement Slab Pour - Top Slab

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    Cement Slab Pour - Top Slab

  • Photo 25 of 34Monk's Living Quarters

    Brick Laying

  • Photo 26 of 34Monk's Living Quarters

    Brick Laying

  • Photo 27 of 34Monk's Living Quarters

    Brick Laying

  • Photo 28 of 34Monks Living Quarters

    Bricklaying - Arches

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    Bricklaying - Arches

  • Photo 30 of 34Monks Living Quarters

    Bricklaying - Monk Cells

  • Photo 31 of 34Monk's Quarters - North Wing

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    Roof Tiling

  • Photo 33 of 34Monk's Quarters - North Wing

    Gutters

  • Photo 34 of 34Monk's Quarters - North Wing

    Roof

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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