On Monday, February 1, the seventh anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. His Holiness officiated, wearing the vestments he wore during his enthronement.
After twenty years, weekly divine services have resumed at Holy Protection Male Skete in Buena, NJ. The services began anew on February 3 of this year, and will be held on Saturdays and great feasts. On the first week of Great Lent, the services will be held daily, with the reading of the Penitential Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.
On Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of February, on the feast day of Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, Bishop George of Canberra, vicar of the Diocese of Australia & New Zealand, led the All-Night Vigil and celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ.
On Friday, February 6, Archimandrite Athanasy (Mastalski), longtime rector of Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Philadelphia, PA, reposed in the Lord. He was 69 years old. Fr. Athanasy was born on June 24, 1946 in Philadelphia. In 1975, he was ordained a deacon, and in the following year a priest, by Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky).
On Sunday, February 7, the feast of the Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, led the patronal feast day of Holy New Martyrs Church in Brooklyn, NY. After the arrival at the church of the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God...
From February 10, the eve of its patronal feast day of the Three Hierarchs, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY hosted its second Alumni Reunion, bringing together HTOS graduates from various classes for common prayer and fellowship.
From February 3-13, the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God performed a visitation to the states of Georgia and Tennessee. For the clergy and faithful of the various jurisdictions, greeting the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign" was a great spiritual joy and inspiration.
On Tuesday, February 16, the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, made her way to North and South Carolinas for a visit that would last almost two weeks. The Dean of the Carolinas & Tennessee, Archpriest Mark Mancuso, accompanied the holy icon as she visited nine parishes during this time.
The first-ever comprehensive "Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America and its coordinator and sociologist, Alexei Krindatch.