After the first week of Great Lent, one of strict fasting and long and penitential services, the brethren of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the triumph over the heresy of iconoclasm. Celebrating Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, March 13, was His Grace Luke, Bishop of Syracuse, abbot of the monastery and rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, co-served by the monastery clergy.
During the Sixth Hour preceding the festal hierarchal Liturgy, Bishop Luke tonsured seminarian Ivan Golovin as a reader.
Liturgy was followed by the Rite of Orthodoxy. Bishop Luke and the clergy gathered in the middle of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and Protodeacon Peter Markevich intoned the proclamations of the Rite, including the anathemas, each one followed by the chanting of "Anathema!", first by the clergy and followed by the choir. The anathemas included are those that were used in prerevolutionary Russia, as well as those proclaimed more recently by the Church, against those heresies which afflict the Church in modern times.
This was followed by the chanting of "Memory Eternal" to those pillars of Orthodoxy, our Holy Fathers as well as Orthodox monarchs, who defended Orthodoxy throughout the ages. This was followed by the intoning of "Many Years" to our hierarchs, who continue to proclaim the saving truths of Holy Orthodoxy, even today among so many difficulties.