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Kittatinny, NJ: Bishop Nicholas celebrates Divine Liturgy in St. Panteleimon Chapel

On Saturday, August 4, the feast of Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene and in anticipation of the feast of the Holy Great Martyr & Healer Panteleimon, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan visited St. Panteleimon Chapel on Lake Kittatinny in New Jersey. There, His Grace celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by chapel rector Archpriest Serafim Gan, Protodeacon Paul Wolkow (cleric of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY), and Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of the Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY).

Singing at the divine services was the Synodal Male Choir dedicated to Holy Tsar Martyr Nicholas, under the direction of the young and talented Rdr. Adrian Fekula.

At the conclusion of Liturgy, the clergy served a short moleben before an icon containing a piece of the relics of the patron saint, after which His Grace delivered a sermon on the topic of the feast and warmly greeted Alla N. Ryl, longstanding benefactress of the chapel, and the assembled faithful. In turn, underlining the work of the male choir that had adorned the festal services, the rector emphasized the desire of the older generation of Russians who found themselves abroad, who were able not only to work, but also to find respite with God and the Church, for which this chapel was built, a witness of the piety of Russian émigrés.

After the service, a meal was offered at the summer home of Alla Ryl, who with her assistants accommodated more than 40 worshippers who had prayed that day at St. Panteleimon Chapel

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