"Be still and know that I am God." -- Psalm 45 (46)
St Romanos American Monastery began in 2015 as a small monastic brotherhood that provides a simple ascetic life of prayer and fasting with daily monastic services. It incorporates Eastern Orthodox monastic liturgical practices and the "Royal Way" of monasticism -- the preferred form of monasticism advocated by St Paisios, St Peter of Damascus, and Fr Seraphim Rose. Although residents are Orthodox Christians under canonical Orthodox spiritual authority, the monastery is not affiliated with any specific Orthodox jurisdiction yet or under the omophorion of any ethnic bishop. However, the monastery has sought and has requested to come under the authority of an Orthodox bishop and jurisdiction but God has not ordained that to happen yet. St Romanos Monastery is a monastic setting for men seeking to live an ascetic life where they are held accountable to each other in all things; there is no abbot. St Romanos Monastery is a respite to men that have grown weary of the self-absorption of today's society where personal pleasure and self-will determine one's actions often under the cloak of alleged goodness. It provides a quiet reprieve from the constant barrage of noise and sensory input of modern electronic society where men can -- through prayer, fasting and quietude -- let the soul gain mastery over the flesh, rather than be subservient to the flesh; an atmosphere more conducive to making the concerns of this life secondary to living for the next life. St Romanos Monastery appeals to men yearning for daily monastic services to constantly connect their hearts to the heart of God every day and every hour to minimize or eliminate the distractions of this world. St Romanos Monastery makes use of both Byzantine and Russian musical practices as well as music original to itself. Music is one of two main focuses of the monastery, but it is irretrievably intertwined with the other main focus -- to live a humble and ascetic life of quietude and prayer.
"Silence saves us from all evils. Restraint of the tongue is a great thing."
-- Elder Porphyrios
-- Elder Porphyrios