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.
The pilgrimage officially began on Saturday afternoon with a procession with the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God from Holy Dormition Cemetery Church to the main monastery cathedral. Bishop Jerome met the procession at threshold of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and a moleben with an akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos and to St. Job followed.
This service was followed by the Ninth Hour, Little Vespers, and Compline, with the preparation for Holy Communion, while the faithful made their confessions. Supper was then served in the monastery refectory.
After dinner, All-Night Vigil was served in the cathedral, which included a Litia with a procession around the cathedral.
On Sunday morning, pilgrims were surprised to see that it had snowed overnight, although by the beginning of service it had turned to rain. Bishop Jerome celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by monastery and visiting clergy. Two choirs sang Liturgy antiphonally: the regular monastery choir and the PaTRAM Institute choir, which was holding its Annual Conductors’ and Singers’ Workshop in Jordanville.
His Grace addressed the gathered faithful with two sermons: one in Russian, on the words of the Epistle " Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men" (I Cor. 16:3) as they relate to St. Job of Pochaev as the champion of Orthodoxy in the face of the hatred and persecution of the world; and one in English, on the Wicked Husbandmen and how those of us who study to serve the Church, are called upon to be good husbandmen of the Lord’s vineyard.
After Liturgy, a short moleben was served, at the end of which monastery abbot Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) called upon the congregation to support the monastery and seminary, and diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov gave a spirited talk on why such support is important in our day.
That afternoon, divine services resumed at 4:00 PM, and in the evening, the brethren and faithful greeted Metropolitan Jonah. His Eminence celebrated Divine Liturgy the following morning, co-served by monastery and visiting clergy. Again the Liturgy was sung by the monastic and PaTRAM choirs.
After Liturgy, the faithful enjoyed their time at the monastery, visiting the bookstore, swimming in the lakes, and holding campfires before eventually returning home, glorifying God for the grace-filled pilgrimage weekend.