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Sea Cliff, NY: Parish of St. Seraphim Memorial Church to Organize Pilgrimage to Holy Land - 12/24/18

With the blessing of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, a pilgrimage of clergy and laity will made to the Holy Land, to be held on May 27 – June 7, 2019, and led by His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan.

Virginia Beach, VA: Support St. Joseph of Optina Church! - 12/20/18

With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the below appeal from St. Joseph of Optina Church is being published. We ask our readers to respond generously to this call for aid.

Fr. John Moses is in Need of a Kidney - 12/14/18

Archpriest John Moses, cleric of Holy Myrrhbearers Church in Harrisonburg, VA and one-time rector of All Saints of North America Church in Middlebrook, VA, has received a critical medical prognosis. 

New York City: Epistle of the Synod of Bishops to the Clergy & Flock of the Russian Church Abroad - 12/11/18

Having gathered in an expanded session of the Synod of Bishops as we approach the feast day of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York City, we, the bishops of the Russian Church Abroad, warmly greet the clergy and God-loving flock...

Jordanville, NY: Opening for Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary - 12/09/18

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary invites applications for the position of the dean of the seminary, for a three-year term to begin on August 15, 2019, following the retirement of the current dean, Archpriest Alexander F.C. Webster, Ph.D.

Do your holiday shopping through AmazonSmile - 11/29/18

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Jordanville: Holy Trinity Seminary launches Fundraising Drive - 11/24/18

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY will officially launch its fall 2018 fundraising campaign. The seminary needs your generous donation now more than ever to reach their goal of $150,000!

New Petitions for Church Unity - 10/30/18

At the direction of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, in light of the current situation between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Church, the following petitions to be read in all churches at the Augmented Litany at every Divine Liturgy:

Support the Diocese through AmazonSmile - 10/29/18

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New York City: Open Invitation to Youth Symposium in Memory of Holy Royal Martyrs - 10/29/18

On Saturday, November 10, the St. Prince Vladimir Youth Association will be organizing a symposium remembering the 100th anniversary of the deaths of the Royal Martyrs, entitled: "Monarchy, Modernity & Mythology: From Babylon to Byzantium and Beyond."

New York City: Statement of Holy Synod of Bishops of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 10/22/18

The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia communicates to the plenitude of her clergy and faithful, and to her fellow Orthodox Christians throughout the world, her profound sorrow at the uncanonical undertakings perpetrated by the Church of Constantinople over the past days...

Appeal for Plate Collection for Fund for Assistance to ROCOR on Thanksgiving Day - 10/22/18

Thanksgiving Day is a special occasion, when we gather in our churches and in our homes to give thanks to the Lord for the multitude of earthly and spiritual benefits bestowed upon us. At the same time, we remember those who are in need.

Directive from Metropolitan Hilarion on Providing Financial Assistance to St. Herman Youth Conference - 10/19/18

Once again in 2018, we ask that you do your part to support St. Herman Conference and the spiritual well-being of our youth, via plate collection or a direction donation from the parish. This year’s conference is taking place from December 23-27 at Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Albany, NY…

Moscow Conductor to lead Concert of American Film Music - 10/06/18

The conductor of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Representation Church in Moscow, Vladimir Gorbik, will conduct a concert of film scores at Adelphi University, Long Island, NY this October 19th.   

New York City: Synodal Cathedral to host Benefit Concert of Hierarchal Choir for Renovation of First Hierarch’s Residence - 10/06/18

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the Russian Synodal Cathedral Choir of New York, under the direction of Peter Fekula, will perform a concert of sacred music to benefit the Synodal Building.

Albany, NY: Saint Herman Youth Conference Registration Opens - 09/24/18

With the blessing of Their Eminences Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, and Gabriel, Archbishop of Montreal & Canada, the annual Saint Herman Youth Conference will be hosted by Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Albany, NY. 

Moscow, Russia: Holy Synod approves Petitions for Preservation of Orthodox Unity - 09/15/18

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, during its extraordinary meeting on September 14 in the Patriarchal and Synodal Residence at St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, adopted a resolution (Journal №70) accepting new petitions for the preservation of Orthodox unity, to be offered at every Divine Liturgy at the Augmented Litany. 

2018 Visitation Schedule of the Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God in the Eastern American Diocese - 09/08/18

With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God is currently traveling to the churches and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese.

Jordanville, NY: August 2018 Issue of Pravoslavnaia Rus' now Available for Download - 09/08/18

The third issue of Holy Trinity Monastery’s Russian-language journal Pravoslavnaia Rus’ for 2018 may be downloaded as a PDF directly from the publisher’s website.

Howell, NJ: Registration for 2018 Diocesan Assembly - 09/05/18

Online registration for the 2018 General Assembly of the Eastern American Diocese has opened on the diocesan website. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the assembly will be held at the Diocesan Center at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ this October 22-24.

Resolution of ROCOR Synod of Bishops to hold Plate Collections to Benefit Synodal Church Music Committee - 09/01/18

All Ruling Bishops are reminded that the parishes of the North American Dioceses are asked to conduct a plate collection on the second Sunday of September to benefit the Synodal Church Music Commission...

Metropolitan Hilarion calls for Special Prayers for Fallen Warriors of First World War - 08/20/18

The autumn of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War (1914-1918). The heroic deeds of Orthodox Christian warriors from this time were always honored throughout the Russian Diaspora...

Albany, NY: Annual Church Musicians’ Conference to be held at Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church - 08/14/18

From October 3-7, Albany, NY will host the 27th Annual Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference, with the theme "Strengthening the Foundation in Orthodox Church Singing Today: the Obikhod...

Lewisburg, PA: Holy Protection Mission to host Viewing of "Becoming Truly Human" - 08/01/18

On Saturday, August 25, Holy Protection Mission in Lewisburg, PA will host a viewing of the Ancient Faith documentary "Becoming Truly Human,"

Directive to conduct Peal of Bells in Honor of 1030th Anniversary of Baptism of Rus’ - 07/26/18

With the blessing of His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, and in connection with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of Rus’ – July 28, 2018 – we ask that you [conduct] a peal of the bells in all [diocesan] churches and monasteries… at 12 o’clock noon, local time.

Methuen, MA: St. Xenia Church launches Building Expansion Fund - 07/18/18

With God’s blessing, the parish of St. Xenia Church in Methuen, MA has nearly doubled in size over the last seven years and is continuing to grow.

Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of Russian Abroad, on the Centennial of the Martyrdom of the Holy & Right-Believing Royal Passion-Bearers - 07/12/18

The 20th century was a difficult time for Orthodox Christians in the lands of the Russian Empire, which became the USSR after the Great War, October Revolution, and Civil War. But the more the Church endured persecution...

Lewisburg, PA: Memorial Event in Honor of Centennial of Royal Martyrs to be held at Bucknell University - 07/11/18

On Tuesday, July 17, Holy Protection Mission in Lewisburg, PA will be hosting a memorial event for the centennial of the deaths Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia.

Wayne, WV: Submit Names for St. Panteleimon Moleben at Holy Cross Monastery - 07/11/18

On Thursday, August 9, the brethren of Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV will celebrate the feast of their beloved Heavenly patron, the Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon.

Woodbourne, NY: NORR Camp launches Repair Fund in Honor of Archpriests Seraphim Slobodskoy, Alexey Ohotin - 07/10/18

Camp NORR needs your help! The Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel, constructed in 1973, is in need of major repairs. For 45 years, it has withstood hot summers and harsh winters, but they have taken their toll.

Petitions added to Augmented Litany for Feasts of Sts. Peter & Febronia - 07/03/18

With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, the special petitions to be added to the Augmented Litany on the feast days of the Holy Right-Believing Prince Peter & Princess Febronia of Murom are now available in the Liturgical Resources section of the diocesan website. Rectors and abbots are asked to include them at Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 8.

Directive from Synod of Bishops on Divine Services to be held in Conjunction with Centennial of Royal Family’s Murder - 07/03/18

"At its Tuesday, February 13, 2018 session, the Synod of Bishops resolved… that the diocesan cathedrals, monasteries, and other churches of the Russian Church Abroad, wherever possible, should serve nighttime Divine Services on the night of July 3/16 into 4/17, 2018.."

Directive from Synod of Bishops on Condition of Affairs at Synodal Candle Factory - 07/03/18

The Synod of Bishops "resolved… to close the Synodal Candle Factory and to dissolve its attendant St. Zosima corporation… to earnestly entreat the parishes of the North American dioceses to support the monasteries through the ordering of candles… if for honorable reasons parishes do not order from the monasteries indicated, to impose a tax in the amount of 10 percent of the profit from sales of said candles."

Jackson, NJ: Details for St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations posted on Diocesan Website - 06/22/18

Sunday, July 29, 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. The schedule of divine services, as well as information on local hotels for visitors, is now available on the diocesan website.

Registration has begun for St. Seraphim Camp - 05/27/18

Registration for St. Seraphim Camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania has begun and is now available on line at the camp website. St. Seraphim Camp provides an Orthodox environment for children beginning with the third grade and through high school. Days are filled with exciting adventures, such as river tubing, swimming, hiking, bonfires, sports competitions, arts and crafts, and archery.

Howell, NJ: Schedule of Services for the newly reposed Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov - 05/25/18

On Friday, May 25, the Leavetaking of the great feast of the Ascension of our Lord, the senior-most cleric of the Russian Church Abroad, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, reposed in the Lord.

Beltsville, MD: "Towards an Orthodox America" – Frederica Mathewes-Green to speak at Holy Apostles Church Fundraiser - 05/20/18

Parish rector Archpriest George Johnson, along with the clergy and parishioners of Holy Apostles Church in Beltsville, MD, would like to invite you to a special address by noted author and speaker, Frederica Mathewes-Green, which kicks off  the parish’s fundraising drive to construct a new parish hall at the historic chapel and campus.

Nanuet, NY: Monument to Venerable Seraphim of Sarov to be dedicated at Novo-Diveevo Convent - 05/07/18

On the Sunday of All Saints, June 3, a monument to Venerable Seraphim of Sarov will be dedicated at Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY

New York City: Synod of Bishops of Russian Church Abroad issues Statement in Support of Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church - 05/01/18

We, the members of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, who carry out our ministry in North America, Europe, and Australia, behold with pained soul that in the sacred territory of Kievan Rus’...

New York City: Celebration of 10th Anniversary of Primatial Service of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York to be Live-Streamed - 04/27/18

On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of April, the official website of the Russian Church Abroad will live-stream divine services for the 10th anniversary of the Primatial service of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York.

Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Seminary to offer Master of Divinity Program - 04/18/18

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY has recently announced that the Board of Regents of the State University of New York has approved the seminary’s proposal to offer the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program.

Gospel Readings & Cue Cards for Pascha Available on Diocese Website - 04/07/18

The Eastern American Diocesan website is now offering for download the Gospel Readings in various languages for the Paschal Liturgy, as well as cue cards for clergy, including the blessing of eggs and the Artos, in English and Slavonic.

The readings and cue cards are available on the Liturgical Resources page here.

Palm Sunday Plate Collection - 03/24/18

Reminder to all rectors of the Eastern American Diocese to conduct a plate collection on Palm Sunday to benefit the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Donations should be sent directly to the Synodal Headquarters.

Support the Diocese through AmazonSmile - 03/20/18

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Registration is Open for PaTRAM Institute Summer Academy for Conductors and Singers – June 19-24, 2018 - 03/14/18

The PaTRAM Institute Summer Academy will be held at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. This very unique event will accommodate all levels of church musician and will be taught by some of the finest instructors in the world. Courses are available for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. The Academy, under the direction of Dr. Peter Jermihov, will culminate in the celebration of the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in nearby Howell, NJ.

2018 Visitation Schedule of the Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" in the Eastern American Diocese - 03/09/18

On Friday, March 9, the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived in New York City from Moscow. The icon and its guardian were greeted by the secretary of the Eastern American Diocese, Archpriest Serge Lukianov.

New York City: Appeal by Metropolitan Hilarion to Parish Rectors, Directors & Teachers of Parish & Sunday Schools - 03/06/18

With our blessing and in the framework of the initiated program "School Piggy Bank," the Prince Vladimir Youth Association (www.youthpv.org), together with the Synodal Youth Department, is organizing financial assistance to the St. Elizabeth Special Needs Orphanage in Minsk, Belarus.

Fletcher, NC: "Diaconate Boot Camp" to be held at St. Nicholas Church - 02/21/18

With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, from Wednesday the 2nd through Sunday the 6th of May, St. Nicholas Church in Fletcher, NC will be hosting the 2018 "Diaconate Boot Camp."

Historical Audio Recordings of Great Lent in Jerusalem to be Released on Diocesan Website - 02/20/18

The Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese has recently undertaken a new project of digitizing several hundred hours of audio recordings from the diocesan archives. With God’s help, these audio recordings will be published in the podcast section of the website as they become available.

Registration for the Summer School of Liturgical Music is Open - 02/13/18

Registration is now open for the Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. The dates for the 2018 session are July 15-28. More information, including cost and registration, can be found on the school’s website here. Questions can also be directed to program officer Valentina Shatalova by e-mail.

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