Jordanville, NY: Pascha in Holy Trinity Monastery
On Saturday night the 15th and Sunday the 16th of April, divine services for the great feast of Christ’s Resurrection were served in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, led by the monastery’s abbot, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka). He was co-served by monastery and seminary faculty clergy: Archimandrite Nektarios (Harding), Abbots Theophylact (Clapper-DeWell), Cyprian (Alexandrou), and Konstantin (Kurkin), Hieromonks Gabriel (Astrahankine) and Anatoly (Zilin), Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow, and Deacons Peter Markevich Andrei Psarev, Andrew Doubleday, and Sergei Kosov. The choir sang the divine services under the direction of Michael Perekrestov. The Paschal sermon of the Holy Hierarch John Chrysostom at the end of Matins was read aloud by Archimandrite Luke.
For the sixth year now, to the joy of the clergy and faithful, the divine services for Passion Week and Pascha at the monastery took place under the aegis of the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Softener of Evil Hearts." The weather on these Paschal days cooperated fully with the radiant feast and the nighttime procession. Red lamps were lit at the graves of the monastic brethren within the monastery walls – the Paschal greeting of the reposed brothers.
The monastery’s main church – Holy Trinity Cathedral – was festally adorned; in the center of the church, the icon of Christ’s Resurrection was decorated with bright pink orchids and which chrysanthemums. A large number of pilgrims prayed at the Paschal Divine Liturgy, and 185 individuals communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, a festal meal was served in the monastery refectory, attended by the brethren, teachers, seminarians, pilgrims, and relatives of the monks and students, who chose to spend the feast in the monastery. The "lynchpin" of the Paschal meal was holodets (headcheese) made with fish, which the Jordanville brethren have traditionally prepared every Pascha and Nativity.
On Sunday afternoon, April 16, Vespers was served, during which the Paschal greeting of His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, was read aloud in Russian and English by Hieromonk Anatoly (Zilin). The monastery bells rang out throughout the day.
On Monday, April 17, the second day of Pascha, the Divine Liturgy at the monastery was celebrated by Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada. Upon completion of the service, a procession was held with the Rite of the Panagia, after which all were invited to a festal luncheon, and afterward to a traditional reception in the abbot’s quarters.
Pascha in Holy Trinity Monastery - 04/21/17