On May 1, the 2nd Sunday of Pascha, dedicated to the Holy Apostle Thomas, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Seraphim Cathedral of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY.
Concelebrating with His Grace were cathedral dean Archpriest Alexander Fedorowski, Priests Artem Siss & Alexey Klar (convent clerics), Priest John Ciurin (rector of Holy Trinity Church in Bern, Switzerland), Priest Andrew Podymow (cleric of Holy Protection Church in Nyack, NY), Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky & Deacon Nicholas Ilyin (convent clerics), and Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur (cleric of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY).
The wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God was present for the weekend’s divine services much to the comfort of the local faithful, before returning to the Western European Diocese for the conclusion of her pilgrimage there.
Together with the believers, Abbess Makaria, rectress of Novo-Diveevo Convent, prayed at the divine service with the sisters.
Most worshippers in the temple confessed and communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
At the end of the festal Liturgy, His Grace relayed the blessing and greeting of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York. He also thanked the clergy, choir, and parishioners for their prayers.
A procession was held through the grounds to the cemetery, where Bishop Nicholas served a general panihida for all of the departed hierarchs, monastics, and Orthodox Christians buried in the convent cemetery at Novo-Diveevo.
Clergy and parishioners of the convent were invited to the parish hall for a festal luncheon. With great interest, they learned about parish life in Switzerland from Fr. John Ciurin.
Memorial services at the graves were served throughout the day.
All those who wished to do so were able to attend the church bazaar being held on the territory of the convent. Vendors sold spiritual literature and souvenirs, served dishes of national cuisine, and informed visitors about existing Church charity organizations.
All those who gathered on the beautiful spring day, shared the light of the great feast of Christ’s Pascha.