On Sunday, August 27, the Forefeast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, 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, co-served by Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan...
On Sunday the 27th and Monday the 28th of August, the clergy and faithful of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY celebrated the great feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Online registration for the 2017 Pastoral Conference for clergy and matushkas of the Eastern American Diocese and Patriarchal Parishes in the USA has opened on the diocesan website. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the conference will be held at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY this October 23-26.
Editor’s note: On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM, the PaTRAM Institute singers Choir, conducted by Maestro Peter Jermihov, will sing an original all-English Liturgy based on the Russian style, commissioned by the PaTRAM Institute and composed by Dr. Kurt Sander, at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
On Saturday, September 3, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, arrived in McKeesport to lead the centennial celebrations. More than a year of planning by the 100th Anniversary Committee and the tireless efforts of the parish council and countless parishioners and friends culminated in these joyous days.
From Saturday the 2nd through Monday the 4th of September, Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY held its annual pilgrimage, dedicated to the feast of Venerable Job of Pochaev. This year, divine services were led by His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah, and His Grace, Bishop Jerome.
This year, on the feast of the Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptizer of the Lord John, the parish of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC celebrated the 68th anniversary of its founding. It was on this day, September 11, 1949, that the Holy Hierarch John of Shanghai, visiting the American capital in order to convince the American government to help his flock on the Philippine island of Tubabao, gathered a group of faithful children of the Church Abroad and in a private home celebrated the first Divine Liturgy in the new church community he had established.
During the celebratory days of the patronal feast day of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan visited the Diocesan Center in Howell, NJ. On Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th of September – the feast of the Translation of the Relics of the Holy Right-Believing Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, Metropolitan Hilarion led the All-Night Vigil and celebrated Divine Liturgy in the cathedral. Prior to the start of Vigil, the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God arrived at the cathedral, and was greeted in procession by the clergy.
On Saturday, September 16, parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Paterson, NJ, led by their rector, Archpriest George Zelenin, gathered on a property in the nearby town of Wayne, where with God’s help they hope to build a new St. Michael’s Church.
On September 10, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Finding of the Relics of Venerable Job of Pochaev, as well as the Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Far Kiev Caves. On Saturday, September 9, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan visited St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, accompanied by Bishop Victor of Artzis, vicar of the Diocese of Odessa, who is currently traveling on pilgrimage to the U.S.
On Friday, September 22, a delegation of the Russian Church Aboard, led by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, began their pilgrimage to Russia.
On Saturday, September 23, Divine Liturgy was served at the Kursk Root Hermitage in the presence of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign." The service was led by Metropolitan Herman of Kursk & Rylsk, co-served by Archbishop Mark of Berlin & Germany, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan...
"St. Herman Conference and similar youth gatherings are a wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to better acquaint themselves with the fundamentals of their Orthodox Faith and solidify bonds of friendship with other young people in the bosom of the Mother Church. Once again in the 2017 year, we ask that you do your part to support St. Herman Conference and the spiritual well-being of our youth, via plate collection or a direction donation from the parish."
On Sunday, September 24, the feast day of Venerable Silvanus (Silouan) of Mt. Athos, Archbishop Mark of Berlin & Germany celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Kursk Root Hermitage, co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, monastery clergy, and clerics accompanying the Eastern American Diocesan vicar on his pilgrimage.
When I remember Vladyka Laurus, what I remember the most important was how he truly loved the Church, how he loved the Russian Church, and how he was always measured in all things... Vladyka taught by example or by his short words or comments ("short" meaning concise: he did not have to say too much to guide us).
Thousands of the faithful took part in the procession, carrying icons, reading akathists, and singing hymns to the Mother of God. Young and old, physically fit and infirm all walked together. Monastics from neighboring monasteries joined, along with youth from across the Diocese, who rotated carrying banners, crosses, and icons.
On Sunday, September 17, the feast of the Finding of the Relics of the Holy Hierarch Joasaph of Belgorod, the parishioners of St. Joasaph Church in Brooklyn, NY celebrated their patronal feast day.
On Sunday, September 17, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, visited St. Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church in Richmond, ME, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy and performed a priestly and diaconal ordination. The visit was scheduled around the parish’s patronal feast day, which had taken place the previous Tuesday, September 12, as well as the 30th anniversary of Archpriest Chad Williams’ service as rector.
"The Liturgical Commission of the Synod of Bishops is convening the 26th Annual Russian Orthodox Church Music Conference. This conference will take place October 4-8 at Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. The title theme the conference is 'Vocal Artistry of the Deacon, Reader & Singer at Divine Services.' Rectors and choir conductors are directed to disseminate without delay the information (www.rocmconference.org) about the upcoming conference among all of the singers of the Diocese.
On Tuesday, September 26, the eve of the great feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Wood of the Live-Giving Cross of the Lord, the delegation of the Russian Church Aboard led by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, visited the Diocese of Shchigry with the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, currently visiting the Kursk Oblast.
In our age of technology, our enemies want us to feel down and upset, but we can’t let them do that. We must be joyful and happy. I’m no priest or deacon, but I know that God wants all of us to be happy. He doesn’t want anything to stand in our way.
On the great feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord, Eastern American Diocesan Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan participated in the divine services in Kursk, Russia.
On Friday, September 29, the icon was taken from the Cathedral of the Sign to the several of the city’s hospitals and medical institutions, accompanied by the delegation members and His Eminence Herman, Metropolitan of Kursk & Rylsk. The icon visited children and elderly alike, some of whom used all of their strength to venerate the icon.
On Sunday, September 24, the parishioners of Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY, held their annual parish celebration, usually held on the Sunday nearest their patronal feast day – September 21. This year, the divine services were concelebrated by His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal & Canada, and His Grace, Bishop Jerome.