September 6, 2013
Diocesan Hierarchs Travel to Canada for 400th Anniversary of Romanov
September 4-8, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
officially marks the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty with
celebrations in Toronto. The Canadian Diocese is hosting the
festivities at Holy Trinity Cathedral, with the participation of the
ROCOR Synod of Bishops.
The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence,
Metropolitan Hilarion, arrived in Canada on September 4 with his
vicar Bishop George of Mayfield, and will remain there for the
remainder of the celebration.
On Thursday, September 4, the Synod of Bishops met in session in
honor of the 400th anniversary. The meeting was chaired by
Metropolitan Hilarion, joined by Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco
& Western America, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada,
Archbishop Michael of Geneva & Western Europe, Bishop Peter of
Cleveland, and Bishop George. The meeting is scheduled to conclude
on Friday, September 5th.
The Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Kursk Root Icon of the
Mother of God, is also present in Toronto, along with the
myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts,"
which is visiting Canada in honor of the anniversary. A complete
visitation schedule of the myrrh-streaming icon is available on the
official website of the Canadian Diocese
program of festivities includes various social events and lectures
dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty, and will culminate in the
celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 8, in Holy
Trinity Cathedral. It is expected that on Sunday, members of the
Holy Synod will be joined by His Grace Job, Bishop of Kashira,
Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in Canada, His Grace
Georgije, Bishop of the Serbian Diocese of Canada, and His Grace
Irénée, Bishop of Quebec City, Administrator of the Canadian Diocese
The festivities will conclude with a final banquet on Sunday,
September 8, after which diocesan hierarchs are expected to return
to the Eastern American Diocese. For more information about the
celebration, please visit the official website of the Canadian
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