On Saturday night the 27th and Sunday the 28th of April, divine services for the great feast of Christ’s Glorious Resurrection were held in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, led by the monastery’s abbot, Bishop Luke of Syracuse. He was co-served by monastery and seminary faculty clergy.
The choir sang the divine services under the direction of Deacon Nicholas Kotar. The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom at the end of Matins was read aloud by Bishop Luke.
For the seventh year now, to the joy of the clergy, brethren, and faithful, the divine services for Passion Week and Pascha at the monastery took place under the aegis of the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Softener of Evil Hearts." The weather on these Paschal days coöperated fully with the radiant feast and the nighttime procession. Red lamps were lit at the graves of the monastic brethren within the monastery walls – the Paschal greeting of the reposed brothers.
The monastery’s main church – Holy Trinity Cathedral – was festally adorned; in the center of the church, the icon of Christ’s Resurrection was decorated with bright pink orchids and white chrysanthemums. A large number of pilgrims prayed at the Paschal Divine Liturgy, many of whom communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, a festal meal was served in the monastery refectory, attended by the brethren, teachers, seminarians, pilgrims, and relatives of the monks and students, who chose to spend the feast at the monastery.
Jordanville, NY: Pascha in Holy Trinity Monastery - 04/28/19
Photos: Seraphim Ishanin