September 4, 2013
Novo-Diveevo: Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes led Patronal
Feast Day in Dormition Convent
Wednesday, August 28, the feast day of the Dormition of the Most
Holy Theotokos, the clergy and monastics of
Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY, celebrated the
convent’s patronal feast day. With the blessing of the First
Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan
Hilarion, the Divine Liturgy in Holy Dormition Church was celebrated
by the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA,
Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk.
Prior to the start
of Liturgy, an akathist to the Mother of God was served, followed by
the lesser blessing of the water. Elder convent cleric Archpriest
Alexander Fedorowski and monastery clergy met Archbishop Justinian
in procession to the peal of bells.
At Liturgy, His
Eminence was co-served by Fr. Alexander, Archpriest George Roschin
(Representative of the World Russian People’s Council at the UN),
Hieromonk Arseny (Manko; cleric of St. Nicholas Patriarchal
Cathedral in New York City), and Protodeacon Sergei Arlievsky
(convent cleric). Also praying in church were Archpriest Gleb
Wleskoff (monastery cleric), Archpriest Eugene Goncharenko (cleric
of St. Nicholas Cathedral), and the sisterhood of Dormition Convent,
led by Abbess Irene.
In his sermon, the Archbishop spoke about the importance of honoring
the Mother of God and explained how we must strive to imitate her
especially when dealing with the various difficulties and
temptations in life. His Eminence also noted the prayerful
atmosphere during the service and equated it to a family gathering
of brothers and sisters in Christ. He thanked Fr. Alexander for his
warm hospitality and for the opportunity to serve within the
prayer-filled walls of the historic monastery. He then congratulated
the Abbess Irene and all the sisters with their patronal feast day
and wished them God’s help in their monastic struggles.
A procession was held around the church and the service concluded
with many years etc. Interaction between the clergy and pilgrims
continued at a brotherly luncheon.
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