On Thursday, February 5, a group of archpastors of the Russian Church Abroad, including Bishops George of Mayfield and Nicholas of Manhattan, vicars of the Eastern American Diocese, traveled on pilgrimage from Moscow, Russia, to Kiev, Ukraine.
Wednesday, February 5 marked the 25th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Archpriest George Lardas rector of St. Nicholas Church in Stratford, CT, where Fr. George has been serving for fourteen years now.
On Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of February, Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church celebrated its patronal feast day. A multitude of the faithful from various New York parishes gathered for the feast and communed.
On Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of February, the feast of the Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, led the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City
On Thursday, February 12, the feast of the Three Hierarchs – patron saints of theological study – Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY, held its first alumni gathering. On the eve of the feast, His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal & Canada, led the All-Night Vigil in Holy Trinity Cathedral...
On March 12, 2002, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church resolved to hold Orthodox Youth Day on the feast of the Meeting of the Lord throughout the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate. In conjunction with this, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, has released his annual epistle, the text of which is available below.
The forty-two-voiced choir, based in the city of Austin, the state capital of Texas, which consists of top-level choral singers from all over the United States, has been paying a lot of attention to the repertoire of the Russian Orthodox Church. Several years ago, the choir performed the monumental All-Night Vigil by Rachmaninoff.
On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of February, on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Sunday of the Dread Judgment, His Grace, Bishop George, performed his last archpastoral visit to St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church in Columbia, SC as Bishop of Mayfield
On Sunday, February 15, the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, Bishop Jerome performed an archpastoral visit to Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, and celebrated the festal Divine Liturgy.
On Sunday, February 15, the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, led the patronal feast day of Holy Presentation Church in Stratford, CT. His Grace was co-served by rector Archpriest Andrei Semyanko, Archpriest Theodore Shevzov, Archpriest Constantine Semyanko..
On Monday, February 16, the feast day of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Japan, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in honor of his namesday in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
The parish Sisterhood of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY, headed by Elizabeth Mikheev, is holding a collection for aid for refugees of the humanitarian catastrophe in the Donets Basin ("Donbass"). Over $5,000 was collected by the feast of Christ’s Nativity, and was passed on to the Svyatogorsk Lavra of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
On Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of February, the Sunday of Cheesefare, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, led the divine service on the eve of Great and Holy Lent.
On the evening of the first day of Great Lent – Clean Monday, February 23 – His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, led Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
The divine services on the First Week of Great Lent were led by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop George of Mayfield. The morning cycle of services, combined with the monastic readings from the works of the Holy Fathers, lasted almost eight hours each day.
On February 25, Wednesday of the First Week of Great Lent, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, having prayed first at Matins, Hours, and Typica, then performed the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
Archpriest Alexandre Antchoutine – member of the Diocesan Council and rector of Holy Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY – accompanied His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on his archpastoral visit to Haiti. After his trip, he gave an interview to the Fund for Assistance.