Howell, NJ: Bishop Irenei of Sacramento leads Divine Service, Sacrament of Holy Unction in St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York and Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco & Western American, on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of March, the Sunday of the Cross, Bishop Irenei of Sacramento – vicar of the Western American Diocese – visited St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, where he led the divine services.
Paterson, NJ: Bishop Nicholas performs Sacrament of Holy Unction in St. Michael’s Cathedral
On Friday, March 24, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan led the Sacrament of Holy Unction in Holy Archangel Michael Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. His Grace was co-served by Archpriests Mark Burachek (rector of Our Lady of Kazan Church in Newark, NJ), George Zelenin (cathedral rector), Boris Slootsky and Seraphim Chemodakov...
Sea Cliff, NY: St. Seraphim Memorial Church hosts Lecture by Member of Inter-Council Presence on Memory of Metropolitan Laurus, 10th Anniversary of Unity within Russian Church & Forthcoming Council of Bishops
On Sunday, March 19, the Sunday of the Cross, Archpriest Serafim Gan (rector of St. Seraphim Memorial Church to the Re-establishment of Unity within the Russian Church in Sea Cliff, NY) celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, and on the evening before, led the All-Night Vigil with the bringing out of the Cross. He was joined by Protodeacon Paul Wolkow (parish cleric) and Deacon Andrei Psarev, professor at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY, who is also a member of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Howell, NJ: Lenten Clergy Retreat concludes with Presanctified Liturgy
On Wednesday, March 22 – the feast of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste – the Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese concluded with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The divine services, as well as the Retreat’s lectures and discussions, took place under the aegis of two wonderworking icons of the Mother of God, a special blessing for all of the participants: the Kursk Root Icon, and the myrrh-streaming Icon "Softener of Evil Hearts."
Howell, NJ: Second Day of Eastern American Diocesan Clergy Lenten Retreat
On Tuesday, March 21, the Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese continued at the Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Retreat participants – which also included matushkas, as well as clergy from the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA – gathered in the cathedral to greet the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and two wonderworking icons of the Mother of God.
New York City: Bishop Nicholas celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral for Lenten Sunday of the Cross
On Saturday evening, March 18, the eve of the third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Cross, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan accompanied the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" to the Synodal Headquarters in New York City, where he was met by the senior priest of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign, Archpriest Andrei Sommer. The All-Night Vigil was then served. At the service, after the Great Doxology, the hierarch performed the bringing out of the Life-Creating Cross...
Long Island, NY: Myrrh-streaming Icon "Softener of Evil Hearts" visits Orthodox Churches in Sea Cliff & Glen Cove
On Friday, March 17, the Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived at St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY, where – in accordance with local tradition – a joint Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was served, in which the clergy, choir, and parishioners of Holy Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY took part.
Howell, NJ: Eastern American Diocesan Lenten Pastoral Retreat begins at Diocesan Center
On Monday evening, March 20, the annual Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese convened in the Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Clergy from virtually every state in the Diocese, including its two biggest monasteries – Holy Trinity and Holy Cross – were in attendance.
Paterson, NJ: Myrrh-streaming Icon "Softener of Evil Hearts" visits St. Michael’s Cathedral, blesses Site of New Church
On Wednesday, March 15, the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts," currently traveling the Eastern American Diocese from Moscow, visited St. Michael’s Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. Despite the morning weekday service and a large snowfall, roughly three dozen parishioners braved the blizzard to lift up their prayers to the Mother of God.
Howell, NJ: Archpriest Peter Heers to deliver Lecture on Council of Crete
The Lenten Pastoral Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese, which will be held on March 20-22, 2017 at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, New Jersey, will feature a lecture by Archpriest Peter Heers on the "Great and Holy Council" of the Orthodox Church, which took place in Crete in June 2016. Fr. Peter’s talk is sure to be of interest to all Orthodox Christians, especially to the Church’s pastors.
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New York City: Lecture on Order of Divine Services in Russian Orthodox Church to be held at Synodal Cathedral
This coming Sunday, April 2, after Divine Liturgy and a luncheon at the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City, at approx. 1:30 PM, a lecture and discussion "On the Order of Divine Services in the Russian Orthodox Church" will be delivered by Peter Fekula ‒ reader, author, and conductor of the Synodal Choir. The event (conducted in Russian) is for all those who are interested in a greater understanding of the Orthodox divine services. Simultaneous translation into English will be provided on request. Entry is free of charge.
Church Mutual Insurance Company accepting Religious Scholarship Applications
Church Mutual, which insures ROCOR’s Eastern American Diocese, is currently accepting applications for religious scholarships. Church Mutual’s “Religious Scholars Program” is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each for a total of $250,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship is for religious scholars to use toward the completion of their academic year.
Albany, NY: Third Annual Pascha Youth Choir Concert to be held Saturday, April 22
For the third year now, the Youth Choir of the St. Vladimir Youth Association will sing the Divine Liturgy and perform a Paschal concert on Bright Saturday. This year, the young singers will sing Liturgy and perform the concert on Saturday, April 22, at the Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Albany, NY.
Old Testament Lectionary & Cue Cards for Great Lent Available on Diocese Website
The Eastern American Diocesan website is now offering for download the Old Testament Lectionary for Sixth Hour and Vespers on weekdays during Great Lent, as well as cue cards for clergy, specifically the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, and the verses on the Hours. Everything is available in English and Church Slavonic.
The Lectionary for the first week of Lent is available, and will be gradually completed over the course of the fast.
The readings and cue cards are available on the Liturgical Resources page here.
Resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops on the 100th anniversary of the revolution in Russia and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Reunification of the Russian Church
At the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Synod members resolved to prayerfully mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic events associated with the revolution in Russia in all churches of the Russian Church Abroad (the dates of the services for the departed, as well as a special petition to be read thereat, are outlined in the text below), as well as to instruct the rectors of parishes and monasteries of the Russian Church Abroad to lift up, during the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the Ascension of the Lord, the "Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church." Further information is available in the text of the encyclical directive, which can be viewed in PDF format here:
Albany, NY: Tikhvin Project begins Fifth Year
Project Tikhvin began in 2012 with the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York. Each year, a small group of young people travels to Russia to assist in the restoration of ancient churches and monasteries. The group visits the holy places of northern Russia in St. Petersburg, Pskov, Tikhvin, and the regions surrounding Lake Ladoga
Resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops to convene a Council of Bishops in Munich on June 9-15
At the session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, Synod members resolved to convene a Council of Bishops on June 9th of this year in Munich, to coincide with the great consecration of the Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia in that city. In connection with the forthcoming Council, it was likewise resolved to implement a dues schedule for all of the parishes of the Russian Church Abroad. Further information is available in the text of the encyclical directive, which can be viewed in PDF format here:
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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