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Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery (Williston, Florida)
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name=Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery|
jurisdiction=[[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]]|
feasts=[[July 2]], [[December 5]], 5th Sunday in [[Great Lent|Lent]]|
'''Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery''' is a [[monastic]] community for men in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]]. It is located in Williston, Florida.
[[Image:PV-Church.jpg|thumb|left|Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery]]The community was founded in 1998 by [[Elder Ephrem|Elder Ephraim]] of Philotheou with the blessing of His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] [[Alexios (Panagiotopoulos) of Atlanta|Alexios]] of Atlanta. The original [[monk]]s came from [[St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery (Florence, Arizona)|St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery]] in Arizona, as well as the holy [[Philotheou Monastery (Athos)|Monastery of Philotheou]] on [[Mount Athos]].
The [[monastery]] lies on a beautiful property with rolling hills, in an area of Florida known for its Spanish moss covered live-oak trees, horse farms, and horse-training facilities. The property was originally a sugar plantation.
The monks support themselves by making beeswax candles as well as maintaining a bookstore and giftshop. The monastery is dedicated to the [[Theotokos]] and is named after the famous historical [[church]] of the Panagia of Blachernae in Constantinople.
The monastery celebrates its major feast day on [[July 2]], the feast of the Deposition of the Sacred Robe of the [[Theotokos]] at Vlahernes. In addition, twice a year it celebrates the feast day of St. [[Sava the New|Sava the New of Kalymnos]] ([[December 5]] and 5th Sunday of [[Great Lent]]). All services are in Greek and follow the Athonite [[typicon]].
*[http://www.panagiavlahernon.org/ Official Website of the Monastery]
*[http://www.patriarchate.org/ecumenical_patriarchate/chapter_4/html/blachernae.html The Church of Panagia of Blachernae]
*[http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/yearbook/corrections/2005-06-YBCorrections.pdf 2005-06 Yearbook Corrections] for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America yearbook (PDF, p. 3 of 6)
*[http://omna.malf.net/vlahern.htm Orthodox Monasteries of North America listing]
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