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Eastern American Diocesan Parishes to participate in Worldwide Peal of Bells on the Feast of the Baptism of Rus’ - 07/23/17

On Friday, July 28, as the Russian Church will celebrate the memory of her baptizer and enlightener – the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir – bells all across Russia and throughout the Russian Diaspora will be rung in honor of this great feast. His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, blessed for all of the churches and monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church to ring their bells at 12 o’clock noon local time on July 28th. 

Rocky Hill, NJ: Patronal Feast Day of St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church - 07/22/17

On Tuesday, July 18, the feast day of the Venerable Martyresses Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara – as well as the feast of Venerable Sergius, Abbot & Wonderworker of Radonezh – the parishioners of St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church in Rocky Hill, NJ celebrated their patronal feast day.

Miami, FL: Master Class for PaTRAM Orthodox Singers held at St. Matrona Cathedral - 07/22/17

The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music (PaTRAM) Institute was founded in 2013 for the cultivation and popularization of beauty and spiritual depth in Russian Orthodox liturgical arts and choral singing in the English and Slavonic languages, and likewise the professional training of conductors and singers of church choirs in the Orthodox churches of America. After a distance learning course, the participants gather for master classes, which are conducted worldwide by Vladimir Gorbik, the renowned conductor of the male choir of the brethren of the Moscow Representation Church of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and assistant professor of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory Choral Conducting Department.

Simferopol: First Hierarch of Russian Church Abroad presented Icon with Relic of St. Luke of Crimea - 07/21/17

During his pilgrimage through Crimea, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, was presented an icon containing a piece of the relics of Archbishop Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky). The gift was presented by Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol & Crimea at Simferopol’s Holy Trinity Convent, where the relics of the Holy Hierarch Luke reside.

Washington, DC: St. John the Baptist Cathedral honors Russian Ambassador to USA - 07/21/17

On Thursday, July 13, the feast day of the Holy Twelve Apostles, St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC, hosted an evening honoring the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to the United States of America, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, and his wife, Natalia Mikhailovna. At 7:00 PM, the parishioners and friends of the Russian ambassador and his spouse gathered at the cathedral, where the rector, Archpriest Victor Potapov, performed a thanksgiving moleben.

Metropolitan Hilarion continues Pilgrimage to Russian Dioceses & Holy Sites - 07/20/17

A group of ROCOR clergy and parishioners, led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad – Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York – is continuing its pilgrimage to the holy sites of Russia. On the road from Diveevo, the pilgrims visited Murom, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Godenovo, Khotkovo, and finally arrived in Sergiev Posad, in order to take part in the national celebrations for the feast day of Venerable Sergus, Abbot & Wonderworker of Radonezh. On Tuesday, July 18, the feast of the finding of the precious relics of Venerable Sergius, Metropolitan Hilarion and a number of hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church, concelebrated with His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, who officiated at Divine Liturgy in Holy Dormition Cathedral of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

Jordanville, NY: Tonsures in Holy Trinity Monastery - 07/20/17

On Monday, July 10, the eve of the feast of Venerable Sergius & Herman of Valaam (July 11 n.s.), Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY celebrated its own feast, the tonsure of Riassophore Monk John (Weeks) to the Lesser Schema and Novice Stephen (Manduke) to the Riassa. This grace-filled event took place just as the Holy Church is finishing the Apostles’ Fast. For the elder fathers of the monastery brotherhood, this event was not only a joy as they see their ranks replenished and strengthened, but also a reminder of their own vows and – very importantly – a witness to the many pilgrims who perhaps for the first time were able to observe such a commitment to Christ. 

Brooklyn, NY: Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal celebrates Liturgy for Lesser Feast Day of St. John the Forerunner Cathedral - 07/19/17

On Friday, July 7, the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, His Eminence Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal & Canada, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. John the Forerunner Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY, on the occasion of the lesser patronal feast day. The cathedral choir beautifully sang the hymns of the festal divine services. At the Little Entrance, with the blessing of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, Archbishop Gabriel awarded Fr. Rostislav the right to wear the second orarion for his labors on behalf of the Holy Church.

Buena, NJ: Votive Cross blessed at Holy Protection Skete - 07/19/17

On Sunday, July 16, upon completion of the Divine Liturgy, the abbot of Holy Protection Male Skete in Buena, NJ, Hieromonk Tikhon (Gayfudinov), went in procession – joined by parishioners bearing banners – to the adjacent cemetery, where they blessed the votive Cross."The Cross was erected in the 1970s, but since the church underwent a 20-year period without a standing parish, the Cross fell into a sorrowful state," said Fr. Tikhon. "The Cross was cleaned, and new plaster applied. One feels joy when he sees the difference: what was and what it became."

Nanuet, NY: Novo-Diveevo Convent honors Memory of Founder Archbishop Andrew of Rockland - 07/18/17

On Wednesday, July 12, the feast of the Holy Supreme Leaders of the Apostles Peter & Paul, after Divine Liturgy, a panihida was served at the gravesite of the ever-memorable Archbishop Andrew (Rymarenko) of Rockland, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, on the 39th anniversary of his repose. Archbishop Andrew was the founder of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY. The panihida was served by the dean of the monastery’s St. Seraphim Cathedral, Archpriest Alexander Fedorowski.

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Jackson, NJ: Details for St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations posted on Diocesan Website

Sunday, July 30, will mark the annual national St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations, in honor of the Baptism of the Russian people into the Orthodox Christian Faith by St. Vladimir. In accordance with Diasporan tradition, the national celebrations in honor of St. Vladimir – the founder of Holy Russia and the first of the Russian saints ‒ will be held at St. Vladimir Memorial Churchin Jackson, NJ. The schedule of divine services, as well as information on local hotels for visitors, is now available on the diocesan website.

Bessemer, AL: Alabama Missions Conference to be held at St. John Cassian Mission

On Saturday, July 15, all four of the ROCOR Alabama mission parishes will be celebrating joint Matins and Divine Liturgy. This is the first such gathering of the missions in Alabama, all of which are relatively new additions to the Eastern American Diocese. Divine services will be held at St. John Cassian Mission in Bessemer, AL. All are invited, but help is appreciated; for more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Jordanville, NY: Lectures in Orthodox Church History & Canon Law being offered by Deacon Andrei Psarev

Deacon Andrei Psarev, teacher at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY since 1995, is offering a subscription to his lectures: "History of the Russian Church Abroad," "History of the Russian Church," "Canon Law," and "History of the Byzantine Empire."

Jordanville: Summer School of Liturgical Music to hold its Annual Session

The Summer School of Liturgical Music will be holding its annual session at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY from July 9-22. The highly regarded three-year program is open to all wishing to obtain or improve their knowledge of the Russian Orthodox musical tradition.

Sea Cliff, NY: 2017 Pilgrimage to Holy Land being Organized

Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will lead a pilgrimage of clergy and laity to the Holy Land on August 1-14, 2017. The pilgrimage will begin with the patronal feast of the Russian Convent in honor of St. Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane, and will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the episcopal consecration of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus. 

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