May 19, 2016
Albany, NY: On Thomas Sunday, Bishop Jerome celebrates Liturgy at
Nativity of the Mother of God Church
Thomas Sunday, May 8, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, paid an archpastoral
visit to the
of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Albany, NY. Since the
Sunday of the Holy Apostle Thomas fell on the feast of the Holy
Apostle & Evangelist Mark, Bishop Jerome served the Liturgy of St.
Mark, one of the oldest Divine Liturgies of the Church. The Liturgy
was historically served in the Church of Alexandria, which was
founded by the Apostle.
Bishop Jerome arrived to the peal of bells and was greeted by parish
clergy: rector Archpriest Alexis Duncan, Archpriest Michael Fritz,
Priest Andrei Rudenko, and Protodeacon Michael Soloviev, as well as
Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of the Nativity of the Mother of God
Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY, accompanying
After the vesting of the hierarch and the reading of the Hours, the
Liturgy of St. Mark was celebrated, with the parish choir, under the
direction of director Natalia Schuler, singing the responses
The parishioners found this ancient Liturgy both moving and
intriguing. Many of the faithful received the Holy Mysteries, and
Bishop Jerome delivered two sermons: in Russian, on the words of the
festal troparion, "Through them renewing a Right Spirit for us," and
in English, on the words of the Savior to the Holy Apostle Thomas,
"Thou hast seen, therefore thou hast believed: blessed are they who
have not seen, yet have believed."
At the end of his congratulations and thanks to the parish, His
Grace greeted all the mothers of the parish with the American
holiday of Mother’s Day. A luncheon was provided for the faithful,
and Bishop Jerome departed home for the New Kursk Root Hermitage.
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