September 6, 2013
Bishop George led Divine Services on Feast of Dormition in St. George’s & St. John the Baptist Churches

On Tuesday the 27th and Wednesday the 28th of August, the great feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield, performed an Archpastoral visit to New Jersey and New York. The Eastern American Diocesan vicar bishop began his travels in the region on Tuesday in Howell, NJ, where he led the All-Night Vigil with the Jerusalem Burial Rite in St. George’s Church. On the eve of the feast, His Grace was co-served by parish clergy: rector Archpriest Serge Lukianov, Archpriest Boris Slootsky, Protodeacon Leonid Roschko, and Deacon Michael Wengrin, as well as Priest Constantine Gavrilkin. During the Polyeleos, Bishop George addressed the faithful with the following words:

"All of the Christians around Jerusalem came to say farewell to the Mother of God. She had been their light; a shining light for them after our Savior ascended into Heaven. And the light, the grace that dwelt in her was a great comfort for all of the Christians who would come to talk to her, and she would relate to them stories of her time with our Savior. At that time, our Savior Himself came to take her soul. We can see on the icon Christ holding a small child; this represents her soul. She passed peacefully, as if falling asleep, and He took her soul. Surrounded by the singing of the angels and great fragrance, her soul was taken up into the Heavens. The Mother of God, who brought our Savior into this world, was herself carried into the next world, into Heaven, by Him, in His arms.

"We are the ones who benefit when we magnify the Mother of God, for this night, instead of being occupied with worldly occupations, our minds and hearts are drawn to the Mother of God. We are drawn to heavenly things, and we are able to appreciate her divine virtues: modesty, humility, her piety. It is in that spirit that we also may acquire these same divine attributes, that we may become worthy to be with her and all the angels with our Savior in the next world. Amen."

The following morning, Bishop George traveled to Brooklyn, NY, and celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. John the Forerunner & Baptist of the Lord. His Grace was co-served by parish rector Archpriest Alexander Belya, Archimandrite Ioann (Magramm), Protodeacon Leonid Roschko, and Parish Deacon Petr Utkin.

Bishop George concluded his visit in prayer at a commemorative Liturgy, served at St. George’s Church in honor of the 36th anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable Archpriest Peter Motcharsky, a distinguished clergyman of the Eastern American Diocese.

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