September 6, 2013
Diocesan Hierarchs Travel to Canada for 400th Anniversary of Romanov Dynasty

On 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 here.

The 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 OCA.

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 Diocese here.

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