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Howell, NJ: Lenten Clergy Retreat concludes with Presanctified Liturgy - 03/23/17

On Wednesday, March 22 – the feast of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste – the Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese concluded with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The divine services, as well as the Retreat’s lectures and discussions, took place under the aegis of two wonderworking icons of the Mother of God, a special blessing for all of the participants: the Kursk Root Icon, and the myrrh-streaming Icon "Softener of Evil Hearts."


Howell, NJ: Second Day of Eastern American Diocesan Clergy Lenten Retreat - 03/21/17

On Tuesday, March 21, the Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese continued at the Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Retreat participants – which also included matushkas, as well as clergy from the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA – gathered in the cathedral to greet the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and two wonderworking icons of the Mother of God.


New York City: Bishop Nicholas celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral for Lenten Sunday of the Cross - 03/21/17

On Saturday evening, March 18, the eve of the third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Cross, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan accompanied the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" to the Synodal Headquarters in New York City, where he was met by the senior priest of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign, Archpriest Andrei Sommer. The All-Night Vigil was then served. At the service, after the Great Doxology, the hierarch performed the bringing out of the Life-Creating Cross...


Long Island, NY: Myrrh-streaming Icon "Softener of Evil Hearts" visits Orthodox Churches in Sea Cliff & Glen Cove - 03/21/17

On Friday, March 17, the Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived at St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY, where – in accordance with local tradition – a joint Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was served, in which the clergy, choir, and parishioners of Holy Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY took part.


Howell, NJ: Eastern American Diocesan Lenten Pastoral Retreat begins at Diocesan Center - 03/20/17

On Monday evening, March 20, the annual Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese convened in the Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Clergy from virtually every state in the Diocese, including its two biggest monasteries – Holy Trinity and Holy Cross – were in attendance.


Paterson, NJ: Myrrh-streaming Icon "Softener of Evil Hearts" visits St. Michael’s Cathedral, blesses Site of New Church - 03/20/17

On Wednesday, March 15, the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts," currently traveling the Eastern American Diocese from Moscow, visited St. Michael’s Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. Despite the morning weekday service and a large snowfall, roughly three dozen parishioners braved the blizzard to lift up their prayers to the Mother of God.


Howell, NJ: Archpriest Peter Heers to deliver Lecture on Council of Crete - 03/17/17

The Lenten Pastoral Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese, which will be held on March 20-22, 2017 at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, New Jersey, will feature a lecture by Archpriest Peter Heers on the "Great and Holy Council" of the Orthodox Church, which took place in Crete in June 2016. Fr. Peter’s talk is sure to be of interest to all Orthodox Christians, especially to the Church’s pastors. 


New York City: On Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, Bishop Nicholas celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral, acquaints Parishioners with Epistle adopted by Synod of Bishops - 03/15/17

On March 12, the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent – the Sunday of the Holy Hierarch Gregory Palamas – Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. His Grace was co-served by the cathedral’s senior priest, Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Hieromonk Nikolai (Letsin), and Protodeacon Vadim Gan (cathedral clerics). That Lenten Sunday, parishioners communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.


Hartford, CT: Metropolitan Hilarion performs Diaconal Ordination in St. Panteleimon Church - 03/14/17

On March 12, the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent – the Sunday of the Holy Hierarch Gregory Palamas – the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, paid an archpastoral visit to St. Panteleimon Church in Hartford, CT, where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy.


Visitation Schedule of the Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" in the Eastern American Diocese - 03/10/17

On Friday, March 10, the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived in New York City from Moscow. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the Icon will remain in the Eastern American Diocese until to April 19.


New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy & leads Rite of Orthodoxy in Synodal Cathedral - 03/07/17

On March 5, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great and led the Rite of Orthodoxy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. A multitude of cathedral parishioners and faithful from other New York parishes came to pray at the divine service. Marking the end of the first week of Great Lent, many of them communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.


Howell, NJ: On First Week of Great Lent, Bishop Nicholas reads Great Canon & serves Presanctified Liturgy at Diocesan Center - 03/04/17

On Thursday, March 2, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, accompanying the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, visited Our Lady of Tikhvin Church at the Diocesan Center in Howell, NJ, where he led Great Compline with the reading of the Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. Praying at the service were the clergy and a multitude of parishioners.


Stratford, CT: Bishop Nicholas reads Great Canon in Holy Presentation Church - 03/03/17

On Wednesday, March 1, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan paid an archpastoral visit to the Church of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple in Stratford, CT, and there led the reading of the Great Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. The service took place under the aegis of the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, which traveled with His Grace from New York City.


New York City: Hierarchs of the Russian Church Abroad pray in Synodal Cathedral of the Sign at First Services of Great Lent - 03/01/17

On February, Pure Monday of the First Week of Great Lent, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, prayed in the altar during the usual divine services in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. Matins, Hours, Typica, Vespers, and a Litiya for the Departed were served.


Howell, NJ: Registration for 2017 Lenten Clergy Retreat is Open - 03/01/17

Online registration for the 2017 Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese has opened on the diocesan website. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the retreat will be held at the Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ this March 20-22.


New York City: On Cheesefare Sunday, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral - 02/28/17

On Cheesefare Sunday, February 26, the eve of Great Lent, when the Holy Church commemorates the expulsion of Adam from Paradise, 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.


North Ft. Myers, FL: Metropolitan Hilarion performs Priestly & Diaconal Ordinations at St. Nicholas Monastery - 02/25/17

From Tuesday the 21st to Friday the 24th of February, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, paid an archpastoral visit to St. Nicholas Monastery in North Ft. Myers, Florida. On Friday morning, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad celebrated Divine Liturgy, at which he was co-served by Archpriest Andrey Kovalev (rector of St. Gregory the Theologian Patriarch Church in Tampa, FL), Priest Mark Rowe (dean of ROCOR Western Rite parishes)...


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...


 

 

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