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Coronado, Costa Rica: Prayers & Labors in Our Lady of Vladimir Parish - 02/22/17

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 - 02/19/17

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 - 02/18/17

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 - 02/16/17

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 - 02/15/17

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 - 02/15/17

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 - 02/11/17

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 - 02/11/17

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 - 02/07/17

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 - 02/06/17

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.


Metropolitan Hilarion concludes Archpastoral Visit to Diocese of Great Britain - 02/05/17

On Wednesday, January 25, continuing his visit to the Diocese of Great Britain, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern American & New York visited Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea, where he spent the entire day with Deacon Andrew Bond and parishioners from East Anglia and London. He then visited Abbot Sergei (Armstone) in the Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Clacton-on-Sea, where he also met Hieromonk Patrick (Ramsey), who serves there.


Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas co-serves Ruling Bishop of Odessa Diocese & visits City's Holy Sites - 02/04/17

Saturday, February 4th, began with a panihida, served at the gravesite of ever-memorable Metropolitan Sergius (Petrov), on the 27th anniversary of his repose, by His Eminence Agathangel, Metropolitan of Odessa & Izmail. His Eminence was co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, the rector of Odessa Theological Seminary Archimandrite Seraphim (Rakovsky), and brethren of Odessa's Holy Dormition Monastery.


Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan serves Akathist to the Kasperov Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, and visits Religious and Historic Sites of Odessa - 02/04/17

On Friday, February 3, the day began with an early morning akathist to the Kasperov Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos at Holy Dormition Cathedral in downtown Odessa. Bishop Nicholas co-served His Eminence Agathangel, Metropolitan of Odessa & Izmail, alongside Bishop Diodorus of Yuzhnoe, Bishop Victor of Artsiz, Bishop Sergius of Bolgrad, and numerous clergy.


Donetsk, Ukraine: Fund for Assistance to ROCOR provides Aid to Svyatogorsk Lavra - 02/03/17

At the end of December 2016, on the eve of the Nativity of Christ, Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine once more received financial aid for housing refugees from the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and from the Russian-American Cultural Society of Cleveland, OH.


Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan takes part in Triumphal Greeting of Relics of Holy Great-Martyr Panteleimon in Odessa - 02/02/17

On Thursday, February 2, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan met once more with His Eminence Agathangel, Metropolitan of Odessa & Izmail, who presented His Grace with a beautiful panagia set in honor of his visit and upcoming namesday.With Metropolitan Agathangel’s blessing, Bishop Nicholas then served a moleben before the relics of Venerable Kuksha of Odessa...


Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan visits Religious & Historical Sites of Odessa - 02/02/17

On Wednesday, February 1, the third day of Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan’s visit to the Diocese of Odessa of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church began with a continuation of his brotherly interaction with the diocese’s ruling bishop, Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa & Izmail. Bishop Nicholas then spent the day in Odessa proper, visiting the city’s religious and historical sites.


Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas serves Akathist to Wonderworking Icon alongside Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa in Holy Dormition Monastery - 01/31/17

On Tuesday, January 31, the second day of Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan’s visit to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church began with the singing of an akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos before her wonderworking Icon "The Milk-Giver" (Galaktotrophousa or Mlekopitatelnitsa) in Odessa’s Holy Dormition Patriarch Cathedral.


Nyack, NY: Holy Protection Church’s Parish School holds Annual Nativity Yolka - 01/30/17

On Sunday, January 15, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, celebrated Divine Liturgy in Holy Virgin Protection church in Nyack, NY. . In his sermon, Bishop Jerome recounted the Christian tradition of giving gifts on the feast of the Nativity in memory of the gifts brought to the Infant Christ by the three Wise Men, as well as the symbolism of the Feast of Theophany. After the service, students of the parish’s Russian School began to gather with their families in the parish hall for the Christmas "Yolka." 


Metropolitan Hilarion performs Archpastoral Visit to Diocese of Great Britain - 01/30/17

On Saturday, January 21, Metropolitan Hilarion began his archpastoral visit to the Diocese of Great Britain. His Eminence was met at London’s Gatwick Airport by the Diocese’s senior cleric, Archpriest Peter Baulk, and chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, and minor clergy, who traveled with him to Merseyside, where the Metropolitan was interviewed by the BBC on arrival at Lime Street Station in Liverpool.


Ukraine: Bishop Nicholas begins Official Visit to Odessa Diocese - 01/30/17

On Monday, January 30, with the blessing of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, and at the invitation of His Eminence Agathangel, Metropolitan of Odessa & Izmail, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan (vicar of the Eastern American Diocese) began his official visit to the Diocese of Odessa of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.


New York City: Monk Joseph (Lambertsen) has Reposed in the Lord - 01/27/17

On Friday, January 27, Monk Joseph (in the world Reader Isaac Lambertsen), longtime laborer and gifted translator of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, reposed at age 67 after battling cancer. Edward Lambertsen was born on October 22, 1949. He grew up in the town of Scotch Plains, NJ, where he graduated high school in 1967. 


Brooklyn, NY: Nativity Yolka held by Venerable Seraphim of Sarov School - 01/26/17

On Saturday, January 14, the Nativity Yolka was held at Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn, NY for students of St. Seraphim of Sarov Sunday School, which is attended by children both of that parish and of the neighboring St. Joasaph of Belgorod Church. Prior to the start of the concert, school director Archpriest Boris Oparin congratulated the children, teachers, and parents with the Nativity of Christ.


Nativity & Theophany Celebrations in the Carolinas & Tennessee Deanery - 01/26/17

The parishes of the Carolinas & Tennessee Deanery celebrated the divine services of Nativity and Theophany along with their parish Yolkas, river blessings, and baptisms. This year was particularly challenging, as an unprecedented winter storm came through our deanery in the Southern United States..


Brooklyn, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Patronal Feast Day of St. John the Forerunner Cathedral - 01/25/17

On Friday, January 20, the feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Prophet & Baptist of the Lord John, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, led the patronal feast day of St. John the Forerunner Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. His Eminence brought with him from St. Nicholas Monastery in North Ft. Myers, FL a piece of the relics of St. John the Baptist...


Washington, DC: Nativity "Yolka" Celebrations held at St. John the Baptist Cathedral - 01/18/17

This past weekend was a bright and joyous one at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC. On Saturday, January 14, the local scouts held their traditional Yolka celebration. Prior to the start of the concert, the scouts visited sick and elderly parishioners, congratulating them on Christ’s Nativity and singing Christmas carols. The following day, January 15, the feast of one of the most beloved Russian saints – Venerable Seraphim of Sarov...


Atlanta, GA: Joy of All Who Sorrow Church attacked for Second Time - 01/18/17

When bullet holes were first discovered on Monday, December 12, 2016, in the new church building and welcome sign at Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Cumming (Atlanta), GA, parishioners believed it was likely careless shooting by locals during the area’s hunting season. On Wednesday, January 11, however, more bullet holes were discovered, leading to suspicions that the church is being maliciously attacked.


Howell, NJ: On Feast Day of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral - 01/18/17

On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of January, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, led the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ for the feast of the Repose & Second Finding of the Relics of Venerable Seraphim, Abbot and Wonderworker of Sarov.


Wayne, WV: Metropolitan Hilarion performs Priestly & Diaconal Ordinations at Holy Cross Monastery - 01/17/17

On Tuesday the 10th and Wednesday the 11th of January, the feast of the Holy Innocents, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV. On Tuesday, His Eminence prayed with the brethren during the evening divine services.


Mayfield, PA: Nativity Services in St. John the Baptist Cathedral - 01/17/17

On Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of Janary, the clergy and faithful of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA joyously greeted the great feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The divine services were led by longtime cathedral rector Archpriest John Sorochka, co-served by cathedral clerics.


Mahopac, NY: Bishop Jerome leads Nativity Celebrations at New Kursk Root Hermitage - 01/13/17

On Friday evening, January 6 – the Eve of Christ’s Nativity – the festal Vigil began quietly and triumphally in Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY. After the service, all of the parishioners sat down for the traditional lenten dinner: a humble meal of sochivo porridge, honey, and bread


New York City: Traditional Nativity Reception held in Russian Federation Consulate - 01/13/17

On Thursday, January 12, an official Nativity reception was held in the Consulate of the Russian Federation in New York City on behalf of Consul General Igor L. Golubovsky and the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk. 


New York City: Divine Services for Christ’s Nativity held in Synodal Cathedral of the Sign - 01/13/17

The Nativity of Christ was celebrated in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. On the eve of the feast, parishioners decorated the cathedral for the feast. The All-Night Vigil on Friday, January 6th, and the Divine Liturgy for the great feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday the 7th were led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.


Howell, NJ: Nativity Celebrations held at Diocesan Center - 01/13/17

On Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of January, festal services for the great feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ were held in St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the services were led by New Jersey dean and pastor emeritus Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, co-served by parish clergy.


Nanuet, NY: Celebration of Christ’s Nativity at Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" - 01/13/17

On Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of January, the clergy, sisterhood, and parishioners of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY joyfully greeted the great feast of the Nativity of Christ. The All-Night Vigil on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning were led by the dean of the convent’s St. Seraphim Cathedral, Archpriest Alexander Fedorowski, co-served by convent clergy: Archpriest Yaroslav Belikow and Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky.


Poughkeepsie, NY: Bishop Nicholas leads Lesser Patronal Feast of St. Nicholas Church - 01/12/17

On Monday morning, December 19, the feast day of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas the Wonderworker, the parish of St. Nicholas Church in Poughkeepsie, NY celebrated its lesser patronal feast day. Celebrating the festal Liturgy was Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. His Grace was co-served by parish rector Archpriest Alexander Donchenko...


Jordanville: Brotherhood of Holy Trinity Monastery celebrates Nativity of Christ - 01/12/17

On Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of January, the brethren and pilgrims of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, came together in the habitation’s main cathedral to celebrate the great feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Leading the divine services was monastery abbot Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), co-served by monastery clergy. 


New York City: At Nativity Eve Liturgy, Bishop Nicholas congratulates First Hierarch of Russian Church Abroad with Feast & Birthday - 01/11/17

On Saturday, January 6, the Eve of the great feast of the Nativity of Christ, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. His Eminence was co-served by diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and cathedral and diocesan clergy.


Howell, NJ: Media Office launches New Diocesan Website - 01/07/17

With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, a new website for the Eastern American Diocese was launched on Christmas Day by the diocesan Media Office. Teaming up with the design team from Orthodox Web Solutions, media office staff spent several months working on the new and improved bilingual website.


Nativity Epistle of His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia - 01/06/17

Your Eminences, the archpastors, esteemed priest and deacons, all-honorable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters! On this holy night, I extend my heartfelt greetings to you all and from the depths of my soul I congratulate you on the great feast of the Nativity of Christ: the feast of the fulfillment of the promises of old for the salvation of the human race, the feast of the ineffable love of the Maker toward His creation, the feast of the coming into the world of the Son of God – the Messiah.


Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad - 01/06/17

Moved by the most profound feelings of fraternal love and joy for the Savior of the World born in Bethlehem, I congratulate my brother-archpastors, clergymen, monastics, and all of the faithful children of the Russian Church Abroad with the great and sacred feast of the Nativity of Christ!


"A Unique Russian Church," or "The Miami where Orthodoxy speaks Spanish" - 01/03/17

The Gateway to Latin America - Whatever else can be said, Orthodox life in America differs greatly from that in Russia. And it differs more so in Miami, the fourth most populated city in the USA after New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, where there are two Russian churches, a Greek, an Antiochian, and a Serbian church and, as of two years ago, a Spanish-speaking Orthodox mission arrived. It was from the spouse of local cleric, Archpriest Peter Jackson, Matushka Styliana, that I heard Miami referred to as the capital of Latin America. 


McKeesport, PA: External Renovations completed at Holy Dormition Church - 01/03/17

Holy Dormition Church in McKeesport, PA – known to locals simply as St. Mary’s – recently completed an extensive renovation to the exterior of the church building as part of its ongoing preparations for the parish’s centennial celebrations in 2017. Constructed in 1975, the church was in need of major repairs. The project began in May 2016, shortly after Pascha, and ended three months later at the end of July.


North Ft. Myers, FL: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Three Liturgies in St. Nicholas Monastery - 12/28/16

From December 25-28, as part of his archpastoral visit to Florida, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York visited St. Nicholas Monastery, where he celebrated three Divine Liturgies. Upon his arrival at the monastery on Sunday evening, December 25, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad served a panihida for those who died in the tragic plane crash near Sochi (92 people were on board).


Jordanville: Holy Trinity Seminary opens Search for Seminary Dean - 12/28/16

At its autumn 2016 meeting, the Board of Trustees of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY has resolved to open the search for the vacant position of Dean of the Seminary, and formed a Search Committee for this purpose, under the chairmanship of the Very Reverend Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), Rector of the Seminary. 


Staten Island, NY: Bishop Nicholas leads Patronal Feast of "Unexpected Joy" Church - 12/22/16

On Thursday, December 22, the feast day of the Icon of the Mother of God "Unexpected Joy," Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, celebrated Divine Liturgy in the church of the same name on Staten Island, NY.


Stratford, Connecticut: Bishop Nicholas celebrates Divine Liturgy St. Nicholas Church - 12/18/16

On Sunday, December 18, the feast of Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, visited St. Nicholas Church in Stratford, CT, on the eve of the parish’s patronal feast. The vicar of the Eastern American Diocese was met by children with baskets of flower petals and was greeted by parish warden Leo Dexter Peavy, who welcomed His Grace to the parish and thanked him for coming.


Flushing, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion performs Consecration of New Altar Table & Iconostasis in Holy Annunciation Church - 12/17/16

On Saturday, December 17, the feast day of the Holy Great-Martyress Barbara, Holy Annunciation Church’s new altar table was consecrated and its table of oblation and iconostasis blessed. Leading the consecration and celebrating Divine Liturgy was Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. His Eminence was co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan...


New York City: Feast of "Protectress of the Russian Diaspora" celebrated in Synodal Cathedral - 12/10/16

On Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of December, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy for the patronal feast day of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. His Eminence was co-served by archpastors who had recently participated in the December session of the Holy Synod. In these festal days, the divine services proceeded under the aegis of the marvelously adorned wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God – Protectress of the Russian Diaspora. 


Synod of Bishops ratifies Resolution of Spiritual Court in Case of Former Abbot Alexander (Frizzell) - 12/09/16

For Release: At the December 8-9, 2016, session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which was held at the Synodal Headquarters in New York City, Synod members reviewed the case of Abbot Alexander (Frizzell), formerly dean of Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV. 


Howell, NJ: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Festivities in Honor of 80th Anniversary of St. Alexander Nevsky Parish - 12/04/16

The first church founded in the Eastern American Diocese (itself organized in 1934) was dedicated to St. Alexander Nevsky, founded in Howell, New Jersey, in 1936, with the blessing of Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko). Eighty years later, the parish, which once had comprised a handful of parishioners gathering in a humble wooden chapel in the woods, has grown to be a cathedral, currently the Diocesan Center.


Sea Cliff, NY: St. Seraphim Memorial Church marks 20th Anniversary of Rector’s Priestly Ordination - 12/04/16

On Sunday, December 4, the great feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY, in the presence of one of the most ancient holy icons of the Russian Church – the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.


 

 

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