On October 22, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council, Holy Fathers Church in New York City celebrated its patronal feast day. Leading the divine services for the occasion was His Grace, Eastern American Diocese vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.
On Friday, November 3, the feast day of Venerable Hilarion, Schemamonk of the Caves, in the Cathedral of our Lady of the Sign in New York City, headquarters of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops, the clergy and faithful congratulated Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on the occasion of his namesday.
On Wednesday, November 8, Archpriest Wsevolod Drobot, longtime cleric of the Eastern American Diocese, reposed in the Lord. Fr. Wsevolod’s clerical service lasted 57 years, and he had been rector of Nativity of the Mother of God parish in Albany, NY.
On Saturday, November 4, the feast day of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York paid an archpastoral visit to Our Lady of Kazan Church in Newark, NJ... Faithful from New Jersey, New York, and nearby states gathered in Our Lady of Kazan Church for the patronal feast day. Many of them communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
On October 22, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Trinity Church in Vineland, NJ, and led the 70th anniversary celebrations there.
On Saturday, November 4, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, traveled to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where he led the resurrectional All-Night Vigil. The following morning – Sunday, November 5 – His Grace traveled on to the nearby St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, NY.
On Monday, November 6, the feast day of the Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow," Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York paid an archpastoral visit to Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Philadelphia, PA, in honor of the parish’s patronal feast.
Thirty-five years ago, Jose Muñoz-Cortes, an Orthodox Spaniard, was called by the Lord to a special ministry. This ministry began on Mt. Athos, where Jose was given a copy of the famous "Panagia Portaitissa" Icon of the Mother of God for safekeeping, which on the night of November 24, 1982, started to miraculously exude myrrh. Jose sealed his 15 years of ministry to the Most Holy Virgin and the Church of Christ with his martyrdom, which took place 20 years ago – on the night of October 31, 1997.
From November 4-7, a momentous event took place in Costa Rica in Central America. For the first time, the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God – visited the southernmost parish of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad, the Church of Our Lady of Vladimir in Coronado.
Russian Church life in Florida was begun by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko) in 1937 – who was himself later appointed Bishop of Florida – in a big city in the south of the state. In the mid-1940s, construction began on the first Russian church in Florida. Its founders were from the first and second waves of immigrants and included seven dwarfs – professional performers, who arrived in Miami at World War II broke out. Among them were Ivan and Pelagia Velikanov, and Vasily and Maria Filin. Their names appear on a memorial plaque at the entrance to the church.
On Saturday, November 11, the funeral service for Archpriest Wsevolod Drobot was served at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Leading the service was His Grace, Bishop Jerome. On Friday evening, a panihida was served by monastery clergy. The following morning, Divine Liturgy was served in the lower St. Job of Pochaev Church, where Fr. Wsevolod lay in state. His Grace prayed in the altar.
Prior to their graduation, Holy Trinity Seminary’s graduation class of 1971 had erected a magnificent 40 feet tall cross on the top of the hill overlooking Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Since then, this cross became a part of the local scenery, something that is very strongly associated with the imagery of the monastery.
On Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of November, the parish of Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Atlanta, GA held their parish celebrations in honor of the patronal feast day (November 6), and held a conference on the topic "100 Years of the Russian Local Council of 1917-1918."
On Tuesday, November 14, the feast of the Holy Martyrs & Unmercenaries Cosmas & Damian of Asia Minor, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, led the patronal feast day of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic, NJ.
On Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th of October, the parish of St. Mary of Egypt Church in Roswell (Atlanta), GA was blessed with a visit by the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God – accompanied by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.
On Tuesday evening, November 7, the centennial of the Bolshevik coup in Russia, the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Cathedral gathered in their church to prayerfully commemorate the countless victims of godless communism. Co-served by cathedral Protodeacon Leonid Mickle, parish rector Archpriest Victor Potapov served a solemn panihida.
On Saturday, November 11th, a panihida was served at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ to commemorate all those martyred and killed by the godless authorities. It comes in conjunction with the centenary of the October Revolution on November 7th, 1917...
On Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of November, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York visited St. John the Russian Church in Ipswich, MA, where he served the All-Night Vigil on Saturday evening Vigil and celebrated Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, bringing great joy and edification to the faithful.
On Saturday, October 21, a documentary on Damascene Gallery, the icon business of Priest Jonah Campbell, rector of Christ the Savior Church in Wayne, WV, had its U.S. premier at the American Museum of Natural History’s 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival.
The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as "Giving Tuesday." It is on this day, after the celebrations and discounts of "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday," that people are called upon to do good deeds for those in need. This year on Giving Tuesday, Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, is appealing to the faithful of the Eastern American Diocese – and to all people of good will...
In 2017, St. Vladimir Church in Miami, FL celebrated its 70th anniversary. The festal divine services were held on November 11-12. The evening prior, on Friday, December 10, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas arrived in Miami with the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God to lead the celebrations.
In 2017, St. Vladimir Church in Miami, FL celebrated its 70th anniversary. The festal divine services were held on November 11-12, led by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. At lunch after Divine Liturgy, parish cleric Priest Mykhailo Mykhailenko delivered a report about the church’s history:
The year 2017 is coming to an end – a year that saw a number of significant anniversaries, such as the tenth anniversary of the restoration of canonical communion within the Russian Orthodox Church, ten years since the Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God began to stream myrrh, the 20th anniversary of the martyric death of Brother Jose Muñoz-Cortes, and the 35th anniversary of the appearance of the myrrh-streaming Montreal-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, whose faithful guardian Brother Jose was over the course of 15 years until his murder in 1997.
On Tuesday, November 21, the feast day of the Holy Archangel of God Michael and the other Heavenly Bodiless Powers, the clergy and parishioners of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Paterson, NJ, celebrated their patronal feast day. Leading the feast were Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, and diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.