MARCH 2014 NEWS ARCHIVE
Metropolitan Hilarion Encourages Parishes to Offer Special Petitions on Forgiveness Sunday for the Increase of Love - 03/01/14
In addition to the previously published petitions, which should be included at all divine services until further notice, Met. Hilarion also encouraged the clergy of the Eastern American Diocese to add further petitions for the increase of love...
The Paideia Academy: "Christ-Centered, Organic, Green & Classical" - 03/03/14
How many Orthodox children often fantasize about attending a full-time Orthodox school? While the children may dream of having their days off coincide with the great feasts of the Church, parents would more likely be focused on them receiving a wholesome education in an Orthodox environment.
Wayne, WV: Bishop George leads First Week of Great Lent at Holy Cross Monastery - 03/07/14
The First Week of Great Lent was celebrated with the usual solemnity at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV. Every effort is made annually to ensure that this sacred time, so important to monastics and all Orthodox Christians, proceeds with silence and discipline.
Raven Son: Novel by Nicholas Kotar now Available for Sale - 03/08/14
Reader Nicholas Kotar is a seminarian in his final year at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, and taught for seven years at St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy in San Francisco, CA. His first full novel and most recent work, Raven Son, is a work of fantasy based on traditional Russian fairy tales...
Brooklyn, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Holy Unction at St. John the Baptist Church - 03/09/14
On Sunday, March 9, the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
Jordanville: Divine Services in Holy Trinity Monastery on Triumph of Orthodoxy led by Bishop Jerome - 03/09/14
On Saturday, March 8, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, arrived at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY to lead the divine services on the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. At all of the services, Bishop Jerome was co-served by monastery clergy.
Howell, NJ: Metropolitan Hilarion sends Special Appeal to Parishioners of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - 03/12/14
On November 5, 2013, during a regular session of the Diocesan Council, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, gave his blessing for the organization of a new Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
Jordanville: Northern Lenten Retreat commences at Holy Trinity Monastery - 03/13/14
On Wednesday, March 13, the Northern Lenten Retreat for clergy, matushkas, and seminarians of the Eastern American Diocese commenced at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. In light of the unusually cold early spring weather...
Metropolitan Hilarion's Epistle on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the Eastern American Diocese - 03/13/14
Reverend Fathers, Venerable Monastics, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This year, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Eastern American Diocese by the ever-memorable Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) in 1934.
Jordanville: Northern Lenten Retreat concludes with Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy - 03/14/14
On Wednesday, March 14, the Northern Lenten Retreat of clergy, matushkas, and seminarians of the Eastern American Diocese at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY concluded with a Hierarchal Presanctified Liturgy in the monastery’s main church...
Glen Cove, NY: Archpastoral Visit of Bishop George of Mayfield to Holy Virgin Intercession Church - 03/16/14
On Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of March, on the second Sunday of Great Lent, dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas, His Grace, EBishop George of Mayfield, paid an Archpastoral visit to Holy Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY.
Methuen, MA: Lenten Choir Retreat at St. Xenia’s Church concludes with Hierarchal Liturgy - 03/16/14
From Thursday the 13th through Sunday the 16th of March, St. Xenia’s Church in Methuen, MA hosted a Lenten Choir Retreat for its choir and guests. The focus of the retreat was spiritual singing, uniting professionalism with prayer.
Sixth Anniversary of Metropolitan Laurus’ Repose - 03/16/14
Sunday, March 16 ‒ the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas ‒ marks six years since the repose of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus – the fifth First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. In the parishes and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese, the clergy and faithful prayed for the repose of his bright soul.
Williamsburg, VA: First Orthodox Liturgy held in Wren Chapel at College of William & Mary - 03/16/14
On Sunday, March 16, at the request of the College of William & Mary’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the College’s Wren Chapel in Williamsburg, VA.
New Website for New York City Deanery Opens - 03/18/14
With the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, a new website has been launched for the New York City Deanery of the Eastern American Diocese. The new site was created at the initiative of the dean, Archpriest Alexander Belya, and contains information on the deanery’s 11 parishes.
Costa Rica: Thanks to Fund for Assistance, Orthodox Christians on the ‘Rich Coast’ can gather more frequently for Divine Services - 03/19/14
A five-hour flight, and the protracted Eastern American winter is overtaken by the blinding rays of the sun and the heat of the tropics. Costa Rica: in Spanish, it means ‘Rich Coast.’ It is an irony of fate that, despite its name, it is one of the poorest of the former Spanish colonies...
Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Head of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, Reposed in the Lord - 03/19/14
On Wednesday, March 19, Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York & North America, Head of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America and one of the senior-most Orthodox hierarchs in the U.S., reposed in the Lord. He was 82 years old.
Moscow: Holy Synod of Russian Orthodox Church approves Election of New Bishop of Manhattan, Vicar of Eastern American Diocese - 03/19/14
As reported on the official ROOR website, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow confirmed the election of Priest Nicholas Olhovsky, cleric of the Eastern American Diocese as Bishop of Manhattan.
54th Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) - 03/21/14
On Friday, March 21st, the Eastern American Diocese solemnly remembers Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko), who reposed on this day in 1960. Archbishop Vitaly founded the Eastern American Diocese in 1934 and was influential in the establishment of such spiritual centers as Holy Trinity Monastery...
Brooklyn, NY: "Softener of Evil Hearts" Icon of Mother of God begins Visit to Eastern American Diocese - 03/21/14
On Friday, March 21, the Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived in the Eastern American Diocese. At JFK Airport, the Icon and its guardian, Sergey Fomin, were greeted by Eastern American Diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov.
Visitation Schedule of the Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" in the Eastern American Diocese - 03/21/14
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, from March 21 to April 22, the myrrh-bearing Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" will visit the Eastern American Diocese. Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY will be sponsoring the Icon’s visit to the United States.
Howell, NJ: Feast of Forty Martyrs of Sebaste in St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - 03/22/14
On Saturday, March 22, the feast of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, one of two vigil-ranked feasts during Great Lent, was celebrated at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Clergy from the New Jersey deanery gathered to mark the namesday of their dean and cathedral rector Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov...
New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Patriarch Cathedral on Feast of Forty Martyrs - 03/22/14
On Saturday, March 22, the feast day of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral.
Abbot David (Pierce) and Archpriest Alexander Atty reposed in the Lord - 03/23/14
On Sunday, March 23, Abbot David (Pierce; rector of Holy Dormition (Holyrood) Skete in Jacksonville, FL), cleric of the Eastern American Diocese, reposed in the Lord. He was 54 years old. Fr. David was born in Alabama in 1959. In 1996, he was ordained a hierodeacon, and the following year a hieromonk.
Hartford, CT: Metropolitan Hilarion visits St. Panteleimon Church - 03/23/14
On Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of March ‒ the Sunday of the Cross ‒ the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad performed an Archpastoral visit to the capital of Connecticut ‒ Hartford ‒ and led the divine services in St. Panteleimon Church.
Howell, NJ: Rite of Holy Unction served at St. George’s Church - 03/23/14
On Sunday afternoon, March 23 ‒ the Sunday of the Cross ‒ the Sacrament of Holy Unction was served at St. George’s Church in Howell, NJ. The choir sang prayerfully, and the seven Epistle readings were read by seven local subdeacons and readers.
Stratford, CT: Bishop Jerome leads Divine Services & Unction at Presentation Church - 03/23/14
On Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of March ‒ the Sunday of the Cross ‒ His Grace, Bishop Jerome, visited Presentation of the Lord Church in Stratford, CT and led the lenten divine services. His Grace served the All-Night Vigil...
Wayne, WV: Southern Lenten Retreat commences at Holy Cross Monastery - 03/25/14
On Tuesday, March 25, the Southern Lenten Retreat commenced at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV. Forty clergymen and matushkas attended the pastoral conference, organized by the Eastern American Diocese.
Wayne, WV: During the Week of the Cross, Monastic Tonsure performed at Holy Cross Monastery - 03/26/14
On Wednesday, March 26, the rite of monastic tonsure was performed at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV. In the presence of the entire monastic brotherhood, His Grace, monastery abbot Bishop George of Mayfield, tonsured four of the brethren to the Lesser Schema (wherein they received the mantle or mantia).
Wayne, WV: Southern Lenten Retreat Concludes in Holy Cross Monastery - 03/26/14
The Southern Lenten Retreat, being held for the second year in a row at Holy Cross Monastery, concluded its work on Wednesday, March 26 with a Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in Christ the Savior Church in Wayne, WV.
Mayfield, PA: Orthodox Faithful bid Farewell to Archpriest Alexander Atty in St. John the Baptist Cathedral - 03/28/14
On Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th of March, the Orthodox faithful of the Lackawanna River Valley in Northeast Pennsylvania bade farewell to a man whose short time among them nonetheless had remarkable impact: Archpriest Alexander Atty...
Nanuet, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion serves Presanctified Liturgy in Novo-Diveevo - 03/28/14
On March 28, the Friday of the Fourth Week of Great Lent, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, served the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY. The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad was co-served by monastery cleric Archpriest Alexander Fedorowski...
Brooklyn, NY: "More Than an Activist" ‒ Metropolitan Philip makes his Final Journey - 03/29/14
On Saturday, March 29, the funeral of Metropolitan Philip (Saliba; reposed March 19), head of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, was held in St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. With the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, a delegation from the Russian Church Abroad...