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Fathers on StepsThe monks who came to Holy Trinity Monastery from Eastern Europe after World War II inherited a tradition of printing that stretches back almost to the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century. Through the fathers’ tireless efforts, the monastery has been printing and publishing Orthodox Christian books for almost sixty-five years.  During the dark years of the Soviet Union, the monastery played an integral role in keeping the Orthodox Faith alive amidst stark oppression.  Even today, many Russian clergy and faithful remember the days when the only Orthodox books they could obtain were Jordanville publications.

For much of this time the Fathers of the monastery operated their own printing press in the Print Shop of St. Job of Pochaev. Books were typeset and hand bound in the print shop. Increasingly they were sold not only to visitors to the monastery but also to other monasteries and churches throughout the world, as well as to libraries and the occasional commercial bookstore.

The world has changed dramatically since 1947. The Soviet Union is dead and the Russian Orthodox Church is again free to minister to the needs of the faithful in Russia. Simultaneously there is a growing spiritual vacuum in the West which cries out for knowledge of “the Faith once and for all delivered to the Saints.” This Faith has been preserved by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian people with its own cultural uniqueness. Holy Trinity Monastery is an inheritor of this tradition and seeks now through its publications to make this more widely known.

In doing so we hope to make best use of all that modern technologies can offer, so that this heritage can be found and appropriated by the greatest number of people.

Holy Trinity Publications works under the guidance and blessing of the Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka). He has assigned the day-to-day oversight of Holy Trinity Publications to Nicholas Chapman, who directs a team of monastics, local Orthodox clergy, seminarians and other lay workers. We also work with many different external partners and helpers, recognizing that the world of modern publishing is so diverse that it is no longer possible to have all necessary skills in house.

It is our goal to publish between four and eight new books each year and to make these available in both traditional print and varying digital forms. Simultaneously we hope to refresh some of our classic titles and make them available in new forms. Additionally, we publish two periodicals on a regular basis, one in Russian and one in English. We will strive to make all the works we publish available for purchase from as many different outlets as possible.

We ask for your prayers and patronage in all of this and look forward to receiving proposals for new works which will further the mission God has given us.


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