March 24, 2015
Hartford, CT: Bishop Nicholas leads Divine Services in St.
Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st of March, His Grace, Eastern
American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, paid an
archpastoral visit to St. Panteleimon Church in Hartford, CT, and
led the divine services there.
On Friday evening, His Grace led the Sacrament of Holy Unction,
co-served by parish rector Archpriest Dionisy Nalitov, Archpriest
Brendan Crowley (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Enfield, CT),
Archpriest Constantine Semyanko (cleric of Holy Presentation Church
in Stratford, CT), Deacon George Temidis (member of the Diocesan
Council), and Deacon Alexander Doohovskoy (cleric of St. Xenia
Church in Methuen, MA).
The following morning, the third and final Soul Saturday of Great
Lent, the Liturgy for the Departed was served. Concelebrating with
Bishop Nicholas were the above-mentioned clerics. Special
commemoration was offered in memory of Archbishop Vitaly
(Maximenko), the 55th anniversary of whose repose takes place this
year, as well as Bishop Daniel (Alexandrow), who helped design the
church and at one time served here.
At the Little Entrance, with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion,
Bishop Nicholas awarded Fr. Dionisy the right to wear the palitsa.
In his sermon, His Grace spoke about how the departed are specially
commemorated on the Saturdays of Great Lent. He also spoke about the
life of Archbishop Vitaly, noting the important role played by the
departed hierarch in the history of the Church Abroad and the
Eastern American Diocese. His Eminence’s work especially shone forth
in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville and in St. Vladimir
Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.
Making note of the large kiot containing a copy of the Kursk Root
Icon of the Mother of God, Bishop Nicholas reminded the faithful
that on that same day, March 21, 1898, the Mother of God glorified
her icon, saving it and countless worshippers from the explosion of
a bomb placed in the church by terrorists.
Upon completion of the service, the bishop thanked Fr. Dionisy, the
clergy, altar servers, choristers, and all of the parishioners for
their labors and prayers, and wished them all a salvific remainder
of Great Lent and a joyous Pascha.
His Grace then departed for the American capital – Washington, DC,
where he led Holy Unction once more, followed by the Sunday divine
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