On Tuesday, November 1, the feast day of the Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ. His Grace was concelebrated by clergy of the New Jersey Deanery.
On Friday, November 4, the feast day of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, visited Our Lady of Kazan Church in Newark, NJ and celebrated the Divine Liturgy there in honor of the parish’s patronal feast day.
On Sunday, November 6, the feast day of the Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow," Our Lady "Joy of All Who Sorrow" Church in Philadelphia, PA celebrated its 65th patronal feast day. Although officially founded in 1951 by Archpriest Eugene Lyzlov, the parish provided shelter and comfort for hundreds of Russian Orthodox families displaced by the Russian Revolution and World War II beginning in 1947-8.
On Sunday, November 6, the feast of Moscow’s Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow," His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco & Western America, secretary of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops, celebrated Divine Liturgy at Joy of All Who Sorrow Diocesan Cathedral in San Francisco, CA...
On Wednesday, November 9, Archimandrite Innocent (Potter; cleric of the Eastern American Diocese) reposed in the Lord. He was 67. Fr. Innocent was born in Nova Scotia in 1949. Though of Russian heritage, he began his service in 1989 in the old calendarist "Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of America," where he was tonsured a reader and ordained subdeacon, deacon, and priest by Metropolitan Paisios (Loulourgas).
From September 21 to 25, 2016 the solemn celebrations took place in Moscow, dedicated to the 1,000-year anniversary of Russian monastic presence on Mount Athos. Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), rector and associate professor of Patrology at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, was invited to take part in the celebrations, which included an academic conference, as well as a meeting of all abbots and abbesses of the Russian Church.
On Sunday, November 13, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, paid an archpastoral visit to Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic, NJ. This year, celebrations for the parish’s patronal feast day (celebrated November 1/14) were moved to the day prior to accommodate the bishop’s travel schedule and the ability of many of the faithful to be in attendance.
From the evening of Wednesday, November 16, until the afternoon of Saturday, November 19, a great many of the clergy and faithful of the Australian & New Zealand Diocese gathered in Sydney for the 18th Diocesan Assembly and the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion’s service as ruling bishop.
On Monday, November 21, the feast of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Powers of Heaven, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, visited St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Paterson, NJ and led the parish’s patronal feast day. Upon completion of the Liturgy, a short moleben was served before an icon of the Archangels, after which Bishop Nicholas addressed the faithful with a sermon.
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the Thanksgiving holiday and three days following have become a traditional visitation period of the Kursk Root Icon to Washington, DC. The parishioners of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington prepared for the third annual visit of the revered Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God eagerly and with trembling. The church was cleaned, and the central analogia decorated with flowers in anticipation of the Icon’s arrival.