July 13, 2016
Nanuet, NY: Procession in Honor of Vladimir Mother of God Feast Day
held at Holy Dormition Convent Novo-Diveevo
Wednesday, July 6, on the occasion of the second feast of the
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, a procession was held around
Holy Dormition Convent Novo-Diveevo in Nanuet, NY. Upon completion
of the Divine Liturgy, it was led by the dean of the convent’s St.
Seraphim Cathedral Archpriest Alexander Fedorowski, co-served by
Archpriest George Zelenin (attached to the cathedral). Convent
cleric Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky sang with the parish choir led by
director Matushka Maria Fedorowski.
The Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is one of the most revered
icons in Russia. Located in the convent’s cathedral is a copy of the
icon that is especially dear to the sisters and parishioners of
Novo-Diveevo, as it was in the cell of the great Optina Elders.
Father Adrian Rymarenko (founder of the monastery of Novo-Diveevo
and later Archbishop Andrei of Rockland), received it from Elder
Nektarios, the last of the Optina Elders.
On the occasion of the icon’s feast, with the founding of the
convent of Novo-Diveevo, Fr. Adrian introduced the custom of holding
a procession with the wonderworking icon around the entire territory
of the convent. This tradition continues to this day.
The icon is celebrated three times a year: June 3, July 6, and
September 8. By tradition, the procession happens on one of those
days, depending on the weather. This year, June 3 was a rainy day,
and the procession was thus postponed until July 6.
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