March 17, 2016
On 8th Anniversary of Metropolitan Laurus’ Repose, Eastern American
Diocese celebrates Memory of Former First Hierarch
Wednesday, March 16, marked the eighth anniversary of the sudden
repose of His Eminence Laurus, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New
York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. Having
participated in all of the divine services on the first week of
Great Lent, the 80-year-old Metropolitan peacefully reposed in the
Lord on Sunday morning, the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. It
had not yet been one year to the day since the moment that became
the greatest achievement of his Primacy: overcoming the division
between the two branches of the Russian Orthodox Church – the
Reunification of the Russian Church Abroad with the Moscow
Patriarchate on May 17, 2007.
the churches and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese, the
clergy and faithful celebrated the memory of their beloved
abba, praying for his
repose. In the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City, upon
completion of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Metropolitan
Hilarion of Eastern America & New York – Metropolitan Laurus’
served a litiya for the departed. In St. Alexander Nevsky
Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, a procession was held from the
cathedral to the Reunification monument, where a litiya was served.
And in Holy Trinity Monastery, where the former First Hierarch is
interred in a crypt below the altar, a litiya was served following
The hearts of the faithful children of the Church Abroad will always
harbor fervent love for their humble archpastor, spiritual father,
and true man of prayer, as well as sincere gratitude for the feat of
restoring canonical unity within the Russian Church.
Memory eternal to Metropolitan Laurus!
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese