Coronado, Costa Rica: Prayers & Labors in Our Lady of Vladimir Parish
With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov visited Our Lady of Vladimir Parish in Costa Rica. Fr. Serge was rector of the mission from 2012 to 2014. The community itself was founded and the first divine services began to be performed – at the time, in private homes – in 1994.
Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Seminary celebrates Patronal Feast Day
On Sunday, February 12, Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY celebrated its annual patronal feast day of the Three Great Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. The seminarians added to the uniqueness of the event by honoring the patron saints of the seminary with Greek reading and chant, which they interspersed with the traditional Slavonic melodies. The seminarians had been practicing for this liturgical event throughout the year.
New York City: Namesday of Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated in Synodal Cathedral
On Wednesday the 15th and Thursday the 16th of February, the feast day of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Japan, Equal-of-the-Apostles, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated his namesday in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
Stratford, CT: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Patronal Feast of Holy Presentation Church
On Tuesday the 14th and Wednesday the 15th of February, the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Presentation Church in Stratford, CT, and led the divine services therein in honor of the parish’s patronal feast day.
Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas concludes Trip with Visits to Monasteries of Kiev
On Tuesday, February 7, Bishop Nicholas visited Holy Archangel Michael Zverinets Monastery and the monastery’s caves. While at the habitation, His Grace was given a tour of the monastery and caves. Bishop Nicholas also visited Holy Trinity-Kitaevo Monastery, better known as Kitaevo Hermitage, where he prayed before the relics of Venerable Theophilus of Kiev.
New York City: Appeal by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York to Church Rectors, Directors & Teachers of Parish Schools
With our blessing and in the framework of the initiated program "School Piggy Bank," the Prince Vladimir Youth Association, along with the Synodal Youth Department, is organizing financial assistance to the Efimovskaya Special Boarding School for orphans in the Leningrad region. The boarding school is currently raising and educating over 100 children...
Brooklyn, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Patronal Feast of Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church
On Sunday, February 5, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the patronal feast day of Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn, NY. On this significant day in the yearly life of the parish, Metropolitan Hilarion brought the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God – Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – to the church with him for veneration by the faithful.
Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas serves in Kiev Caves Lavra on Feast Day of Hieromartyr Vladimir of Kiev
On Monday, February 6, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan arrived in Kiev, where he was greeted by His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kiev & All Ukraine. The two hierarchs had lunch in the residence of Metropolitan Onufry at the Kiev Caves Lavra.
Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas participates in Namesday Festivities for Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa & Izmail
On Sunday, February 5, the feast day of the Holy Martyr Agathangelus, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan took part in the namesday festivities of Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa & Izmail, and concelebrated the festal Divine Liturgy with His Eminence at Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa. Upon completion of the Liturgy, a moleben was served to the Holy Martyr Agathangelus, after which His Grace, Arcadius, congratulated Metropolitan Agathangel on the occasion of his namesday.
"Certainly the Saints will Intercede for Him:" Metropolitan Hilarion serves Funeral for Monk Joseph (Lambertsen) in Synodal Cathedral of the Sign
On Wednesday, February 1, the clergy and faithful of New York City gathered in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign to bid farewell to Monk Joseph (Reader Isaac Lambertsen), who reposed on January 27, after a brief battle with cancer. Also in attendance were members of the Diocese’s English-speaking community, not only close friends of Fr. Joseph’s, but many who owe him a debt of love and gratitude for him tireless and voluminous work translating and composing the divine services.
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Old Testament Lectionary & Cue Cards for Great Lent Available on Diocese Website
The Eastern American Diocesan website is now offering for download the Old Testament Lectionary for Sixth Hour and Vespers on weekdays during Great Lent, as well as cue cards for clergy, specifically the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, and the verses on the Hours. Everything is available in English and Church Slavonic.
The Lectionary for the first week of Lent is available, and will be gradually completed over the course of the fast.
The readings and cue cards are available on the Liturgical Resources page here.
Resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops on the 100th anniversary of the revolution in Russia and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Reunification of the Russian Church
At the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Synod members resolved to prayerfully mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic events associated with the revolution in Russia in all churches of the Russian Church Abroad (the dates of the services for the departed, as well as a special petition to be read thereat, are outlined in the text below), as well as to instruct the rectors of parishes and monasteries of the Russian Church Abroad to lift up, during the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the Ascension of the Lord, the "Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church." Further information is available in the text of the encyclical directive, which can be viewed in PDF format here:
Albany, NY: Tikhvin Project begins Fifth Year
Project Tikhvin began in 2012 with the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York. Each year, a small group of young people travels to Russia to assist in the restoration of ancient churches and monasteries. The group visits the holy places of northern Russia in St. Petersburg, Pskov, Tikhvin, and the regions surrounding Lake Ladoga
Resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops to convene a Council of Bishops in Munich on June 9-15
At the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Synod members resolved to convene a Council of Bishops on June 9th of this year in Munich, to coincide with the great consecration of the Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia in that city. In connection with the forthcoming Council, it was likewise resolved to implement a dues schedule for all of the parishes of the Russian Church Abroad. Further information is available in the text of the encyclical directive, which can be viewed in PDF format here:
Albany, NY: Diocesan Youth Choir Weekend to be held at Nativity of the Mother of God Church
On Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of February, the Eastern American Diocesan Youth Choir will hold a "Youth Choir Weekend" at Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Albany, NY. The weekend will consist of a repertoire rehearsal on Saturday at 11:00 AM, followed by the Choir singing both the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.
Albany, NY: Nativity of the Mother of God Church to hold Tikhvin Gala Dinner
On Friday, February 10, the parish of Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Albany, NY will host a gala dinner to raise money for "Project Tikhvin." The Project sends young Orthodox Christians to Russia for nearly a month to work on the restoration of ancient monasteries.
Schedule of Nativity "Yolka" Celebrations in Eastern American Diocesan Parishes
Many diocesan parishes hold annual "Yolka" celebrations, during which children of the local parish school prepare thematic plays, dances, song and poem recitals, and much more, as an expression of their love for the feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. EvenGrandfatherFrost (Santa) makesanappearance!
New York City: Schedule for Pilgrimage led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York to Russia’s Holy Sites Now Available
This year, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, will lead a pilgrimage to the holy sites of Russia. Further information and a visitation schedule is available in PDF format here:
St. Innocent Press offers Customizable Orthodox Wall Calendar
Parishes and individuals are advised that St. Innocent Press is currently offering Orthodox wall calendars for sale. The 12-page calendars include fasting information, saints commemorated (Julian Calendar), and Scripture readings for every day of the year.
Lenten Clergy Retreat to be held at Diocesan Cathedral March 20-22
The 2017 Lenten Clergy Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese will be held at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ, on March 20-22, 2017. More information will be posted here soon.
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