September 7, 2016
Nanuet, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion visits Holy Dormition Convent
"Novo-Diveevo" in Honor of Patronal Feast
Saturday, August 27, the eve of the great feast of the Dormition of
the Most Holy Theotokos, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of
Eastern America & New York, arrived to Holy Dormition Convent
"Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY, to spend the holiday with the
monastics, clergy, and faithful in celebrating the convent’s
patronal feast day.
That evening, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad came
to the Cathedral of the Venerable Seraphim of Sarov to lead the
All-Night Vigil. The favorable weather allowed for the Litiya to be
served outside, which was followed with the blessing of the five
breads, wheat, wine, and oil. The Metropolitan was co-served by
convent clergy; Archpriests Alexander Fedorowski and Yaroslav
Belikow, Hieromonk Photius (Oulanov; confessor of the monastic
community of Novo-Diveevo), Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky, and
Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin). Also serving was Protodeacon
Dionysius Lvov (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New
Sunday morning, August 28, the feast of the Dormition, the service
began with an akathist to the Dormition of the Theotokos and the
Lesser Blessing of water; the greeting of the Metropolitan followed.
Joining the aforementioned clergy was Deacon Matthew Keil, who on
this same day was brought into the ranks of ROCOR by Metropolitan
Hilarion and is now assigned to the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in
New York City. During the Little Entrance, in accordance with the
resolution of the Synod of Bishops, Hieromonk Photius was elevated
to the rank of abbot (igumen).
The divine services were accompanied by the pious singing of the
cathedral choir. A multitude of faithful confessed the previous
evening and more did so prior to the start of the Divine Liturgy.
Nearly a hundred people partook of Holy Communion. In his sermon,
the Metropolitan spoke about the importance the Mother of God is in
our lives, as well as the significance of her holy Dormition.
Following the sermon, a procession was held around the cathedral and
over to the newly renovated Convent "Book Nook."
the help of a generous donor, the Book Nook was renovated over the
past five months. Throughout the summer, the nuns of the convent
have been painstakingly stocking the nook with various Orthodox
literature, icons, and books. His Eminence read a prayer blessing
the building and consecrated it with holy water. The procession then
continued back to the cathedral. There, the Polychronion was intoned
to Abbess Makaria and the sisters of the convent and the clergy, as
well as to the newly elevated Abbot Photius. The Metropolitan
thanked the abbess for her work in rejuvenating the sisterhood and
the life of the convent. He also pointed out the work that Abbot
Photius has been doing to spiritually strengthen the abbess and
A bountiful luncheon followed the services, to which Archpriest
Alexander Antchoutine and Deacon Vladimir Barros (clerics of Holy
Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY) arrived to congratulate
Abbot Photius on his elevation. The hierarch, clergy, and monastics
remained in the main adult home dining room late into the afternoon
socializing with one another and the residents and faithful of the
The Book Nook is now regularly open daily following morning services
and per request through the convent office during other times.
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