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March 22, 2011
Perth Amboy, NJ: The Diocesan Secretary participated in the funeral of Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos

On Monday, March 21, the funeral of Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, ruling bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, was held in St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Perth Amboy, NJ. The funeral was led by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, Archbishop Demetrios, co-served by bishops of the Greek Archdiocese, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA, the Orthodox Church in America, and representatives of other Local Churches.

With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov took part in the funeral service as the personal representative of the First Hierarch. Fr. Serge passed along Metropolitan Hilarion’s condolences to Archbishop Demetrios and the clergy of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese.

Many of the Carpatho-Russian clerics noticed a special connection between Metropolitan Nicholas and the Kursk Root Icon in the final days of his life. The Kursk Icon unexpectedly visited Metropolitan Nicholas’ residence in January of this year, in order to prepare His Eminence for his blessed repose. On the day of his repose, the Kursk Icon visited St. John the Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, where His Eminence grew up and was ordained to the priesthood in 1959. The funeral was held there, as well, on March 21 (March 8 o.s.), the day when the Orthodox Church commemorates the miracle that took place in Kursk in 1898, when a certain atheist tried, unsuccessfully, to destroy the Icon with a bomb. The Carpatho-Russian clergy expressed their sincere gratitude to Metropolitan Hilarion and the Holy Synod for their kind and brotherly gestures in these sorrowful days.

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