March 16, 2011
Howell, NJ: Prayerful
Commemoration of Metropolitan Laurus at the Diocesan Center
Wednesday, March 16, on the third anniversary of the blessed repose
of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus, the Liturgy of the
Presanctified Gifts was served in
St. George’s Church at the diocesan center in Howell, in the
presence of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
Diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov served the Liturgy,
co-served by parish Deacon Leonid Roschko. Praying in church were
Archpriest Zoran Radovic (rector of St. George’s Serbian Church in
Elizabeth, NJ), Priest Leonid Goferman (rector of Holy Virgin
Protection Church in New Brunswick, NJ), and Priest Jonah Campbell
Upon completion of the Liturgy, the clergy
served a panihida for Metropolitan Laurus and for the newly departed
Metropolitan Nicholas (Smisko). After the panihida, Fr. Serge
addressed the gathered worshipers with a sermon on the First
Hierarch of blessed repose, noting that His Eminence was able to
reunite the Russian Church, similar to the reunification of the two
parts of the severed Kursk Icon.
In honor of the
anniversary of Metropolitan Laurus’ repose, His Grace George, Bishop
of Mayfield, served a panihida in Holy Cross Monastery and released
the following statement:
"Metropolitan Laurus is a spiritual example
for everyone desiring to live according to the laws of the Church.
This simple monk denied his own will and followed God’s call, in so
doing overcoming every power of the devil aimed at tearing apart the
One Church – the Raiment of Christ. We will never forget the
enormous contribution Metropolitan Laurus made in this life to the
holy labor of reuniting the Russian Church. May his memory live on
for endless ages, unto generation and generation."
Upon completion of the Presanctified
Liturgy, His Grace Jerome, Bishop of Manhattan, also served a
panihida in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign.
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