The parishioners of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist had been eagerly preparing for the visit of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God for quite some time before its arrival. In anticipation of its visit, the church had been tidied up, and the analogia and iconostasis decorated with flowers...
Only several months before his sudden repose, Priest Gregoire Legouté, one of the two older priests of the Orthodox Mission in Haiti, spoke with a correspondent from the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR about the challenges facing the clergy and parishioners in Haiti.
On Friday, December 4, the great feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Peter, Bishop of Cleveland and Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, celebrated the festal Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY.
On Friday, December 4, the great feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos, a multitude of clergy, faithful, and guests from the U.S. and Russia gathered at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of December, the 27th Sunday after Pentecost and the feast day of the repose of the Holy Right-Believing Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, His Grace Peter, Bishop of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, paid an archpastoral visit to St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral..
On Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th of December, the patronal feast day of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City – the feast of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign," His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern American & New York, led the divine services in the cathedral...
On Saturday, December 12, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, performed the lesser consecration and led the grand opening of the Church of Blessed Matrona of Moscow in Hallandale Beach (Miami), FL.
On Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of December, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, paid an archpastoral visit to St. Vladimir Church in Miami, FL. The vicar of the Eastern American Diocese accompanied the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God in her visitation to Florida...
On Sunday, December 13, Otrada Society in Spring Valley, NY, hosted a Gingerbread Fair, where children were able to decorate gingerbread houses. In the wonderfully adorned hall, prefabricated gingerbread houses awaited the children, whose eyes lit up when they began to decorate them with multicolored candies.
On Sunday morning, December 13, the feast of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Church in Stratford, CT. At the Little Entrance, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, Fr. Paul Giatas was elevated to the rank of protodeacon.
St. Elizabeth Women’s Skete in Jordanville, NY received its new wooden iconostasis from Russia, and was able to install it in time for the feast of St. Nicholas. The beautiful iconostasis was hand-carved for the convent in Russia by master carver Andrey Vukolov and his Abramtsevsky Workshop.
On Saturday, December 19, the feast of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas, Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, paid an archpastoral visit to St. Nicholas Church in Enfield, CT and led the parish’s patronal feast day.
On Sunday, December 20, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, conducted his first hierarchal visit to St. Herman of Alaska Church in Stafford, VA, since the little "country church" transitioned from the Orthodox Church in America to the Russian Church Abroad on January 31, 2013.
During the last days of December, over 120 young people of the Russian Church Abroad gathered in Albany, the capital of New York State, at the parish of the Nativity of the Mother of God for the annual St. Herman Youth Conference. The conference has been held annually since the 1970s, and is arguably the most important youth activity of the Church Abroad.