October 13, 2012
Novo-Diveevo: On the Second Day of the Joint Pastoral Conference, Metropolitan Hilarion led the All-Night Vigil in Holy Dormition Convent

On Friday evening, October 12, participants of the first joint pastoral conference of clerics of the Eastern American Diocese and the Moscow Patriarchate gathered in the main St. Seraphim’s Church of Holy Virgin Protection Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY, in order to pray at the All-Night Vigil.

The service was led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, co-served by the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Eminence Justinian, Archbishop of Naro-Fominsk, their Graces, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishops George and Jerome, and a multitude of clergy participating in the conference. Also praying in church was His Eminence Pavel, Metropolitan of Ryazan and Mikhailovsk, representative of His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill at the conference.

Prior to the start of Vigil, the clergy processed to meet the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, after which they continued to the church for the beginning of service. The Hawaiian Icon is significant in that, in May of 2007, on the very day of the Reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Icon’s guardian, Reader Nectarios Yanson (at that time, he had yet to find the icon in his home) felt a wonderful, sweet fragrance, which bore witness to the God-pleasing nature of that which had transpired.

The church was full to capacity, and many came to venerate the wonderworking image and lift up their prayers to the Most Holy Mother of God. The service was sung by a combined choir of singers from St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA, Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY, and the Eastern American Diocesan youth choir.

During the Polyeleos, Priest Stephanos Shagoury (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Endicott, NY) was awarded the gold cross.

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