On Sunday, September 4, the clergy and faithful gathered at St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the repose of a great luminary of the Russian Church Abroad: Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky). Celebrating Divine Liturgy was His Grace, Bishop Jerome, who for several years served as Archbishop Nikon’s cell attendant.
Over the course of more than 60 years, thousands of Orthodox pilgrims have gathered on Labor Day at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, in order to prayerfully celebrate the feast of the monastery’s Heavenly patron, the Venerable Job of Pochaev. This year, the tradition of the pilgrimage continued...
In this collection of writings and essays, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov shares insights and lessons gleaned from fifty years of dedicated pastoral service. Although addressed particularly to clergy and those contemplating the priestly vocation, this book will also be of interest to all believers.
On the feast of the Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of the Lord John, St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC marked the 67th anniversary of its founding. On this day, September 11, 1949, the Holy Hierarch John of Shanghai – then visiting the U.S. capital in order to obtain assistance from the American government for his flock on the Philippine island of Tubabao..
On Sunday the 11th and Monday the 12th of September, the patronal feast day of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the All-Night Vigil and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Diocesan Center.
On Tuesday, September 12, the feast day of Holy Right-Believing Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, a second 40-foot container of humanitarian aid collected by parishioners and organizations of the Russian Church Abroad was sent to the suffering populace of the Donbass. From the beginning of the conflict, parishioners and benevolent organizations have striven to provide aid to the victims of the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Donbass.
On Saturday, September 17, the feast of the Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Hierarch Joasaph of Belgorod, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the patronal feast day of St. Joasaph of Belgorod Church in Brooklyn, NY.
On Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of September, St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA – the oldest parish in the Eastern American Diocese – marked its quasquicentennial: the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1891. Originally founded as a Byzantine Catholic church by Carpatho-Russian immigrants, the parish converted – or perhaps more accurately, returned – en masse to Russian Orthodoxy in 1903.
On Tuesday the 20th and Wednesday the 21st of September, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy for the great feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
On Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th of September, St. Xenia’s Church in Methuen, MA celebrated its patronal feast day (on September 11/24, 1978, the Russian Church Abroad glorified Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg). The festal divine services – All Night Vigil on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning – were led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad...
On Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, for the first time in four and a half years, Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) visited St. Herman of Alaska Church in Stafford, VA. During the Saturday visit, Metropolitan Jonah led the parish sisterhood’s second annual Fall Retreat. Titled "The Spirit of Music in the Orthodox Parish," the retreat spanned two sessions, separated by a light luncheon.
It was a cool morning on Sunday, September 25, as clergy and worshippers began to arrive at the New Kursk Root Hermitage from New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey: on this day, the parish of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Mahopac, NY traditionally holy celebrations in honor of its patronal feast, which took place on September 8/21.
On Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th of September, the great feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the divine services in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. In accordance with Church tradition, at the Great Doxology, the bringing out of the Cross was performed, followed by the Rite of Exaltation
Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV began the celebration of its patronal feast day on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th of September – the great feast of the Exaltation of the Precious & Life-giving Cross of the Lord. The divine services for the feast were performed by the monastery clergy.
On Wednesday, September 28, Archpriest Gregory Williams reposed suddenly in the Lord at age 75. His passing saw an immediately outpouring of testimonies bearing witness to his love for all those around him. Born in April 23, 1941, Fr. Gregory was the son of William and Mabel Lee Williams. In 1980, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by Bishop Gregory Grabbe.