On Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of June, Bishop Jerome paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, to take part in the graduation ceremony.
On Saturday night, His Grace led the All-Night Vigil and, on Sunday, was greeted for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral; at Liturgy, he was concelebrated by 13 priests and 8 deacons – monastery and visiting clergy.
Upon conclusion of the service, Bishop Jerome delivered two sermons: one in Russian, on the words "He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me" (Matthew 10:37), on how others can sometimes pull us away from the Faith, but all the saints are our best "peer pressure"; and in English, on the words "That they without us should not be made perfect" (Hebrews 11:40), on how the Ark of Salvation awaits us in the harbor, but there are also other ships we should not board.
After the Sunday refectory meal and a brief intermission, the seminarians, faculty, and clergy gathered in the main building and then went in procession to the monastery church, where a thanksgiving moleben was served; the graduation ceremony was then held in the nearby seminary hall. Among the speakers Archpriest Alexander Webster, the Dean of the seminary, Archpriest Patrick Viscuso (Greek Archdiocese); Reader Seth Davidenko. The presentations were followed by the diplomas and awards.
Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow read the Synodal gramota that was awarded to Fr. Gregory Naumenko for his years of service to the seminary.
Bishop Jerome then read a letter from Metropolitan Hilarion. His Grace spoke briefly on the role of the pastor as head of the parish community. "…But the head is supported by the neck, the neck by the shoulders and the whole body of the parish. Uplifted by divine grace, led by the roadmap of the True Faith, and supported by the parish, the priest can achieve much!"
Following the ceremony, refreshments in the form of an afternoon tea were served to all participants. Tea was followed by Vespers and the evening services as the Apostles’ Fast began.
Jordanville, NY: Bishop Jerome leads Graduation Ceremony at Holy Trinity Seminary - 06/03/18