On Sunday, May 20, Bishop Jerome paid an archpastoral visit to St. Nicholas Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy. His Grace’s visit was timed in honor of the parish’s approaching patronal feast day – the Translation of the Relics of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas from Myra to Bari – May 9/22.
Concelebrating at hierarchal Liturgy were Archpriest Alexander Donchenko (parish rector), Priest George Temidis (rector of New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY), and Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of the same). The church was filled with worshippers from both parishes.
Bishop Jerome delivered two sermons: the first, in Russian, on the raising of Tabitha and the healing of the paralytic, "on the futility of attempts to reject the possibility of miracles;" and the second, in English, on the transfer of St. Nicholas’ relics, asking, "Why do we find peace and happiness so elusive on earth?"
After Liturgy, a luncheon was served in the splendid May weather both indoors and out on the church lawn, during which the clergy discussed reminiscences of religious life in Russia, as well as other topics of ecclesiastical interest, while the laity socialized and caught up on each other’s news. A delicious meal was served by the efforts of the sisterhood, and no one seemed in any hurry to leave.
Poughkeepsie, NY: Bishop Jerome celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Church - 05/19/19