WV: Important Notice from Bishop George concerning the Pilgrimage
Weekend at Holy Cross Monastery in 2009
We regret to inform all of our benefactors and pilgrims that this
year's Pilgrimage Weekend, originally scheduled for the last weekend
of September, must be cancelled. We know what a great spiritual event
this is for so many of you — as it is for us — but circumstances
dictated this decision.
NJ: Bishop Jerome led the Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir Memorial
Tuesday, July 28, on the feast day of the Holy Equal of the Apostles
Grand Prince St. Vladimir, His Grace, Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, led
the Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, New
Jersey. His Grace was co-served by the parish clergy:
New Jersey: Metropolitan Hilarion led the Divine Services for the Feast of St.
Vladimir in St. Vladimir Memorial Church
all-Russian celebration St. Vladimir's Day took place this year on
Sunday, July 26, in the Memorial Church to the Millennial of Russian
Christianity, in Jackson, NJ. St. Vladimir Church holds a special
place not only in our Diocese, but in all of the Russian
New York: Appeal of
His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion on the Upcoming Feast of St
Vladimir, Equal of the Apostles
Donors and Benefactors of the St. Vladimir Memorial Church!
wonderful day is approaching, when we annually commemorate the memory
of our great benefactor and baptizer, the holy equal-of-the-apostles
Great Prince Vladimir.
Columbia, SC: Metropolitan Hilarion Visits the Parish of St. Elizabeth
the New Martyr
July 16-18, Metropolitan Hilarion visited the mission parish
of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr in Columbia, South
Carolina. Arriving first in Charleston, Vladika lunched with Fr.
Anastasy Yatrelis, rector of Sts. Cyril & Methodius parish in
Summerville, SC, and Fr. Mark Mancuso, rector of St Elizabeth’s in
WV: The Feast Day of the Holy Royal Martyrs at the Hermitage of the
the feast day of the Holy Royal Martyrs, His Grace, Bishop George of
Mayfield, led the divine services at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross.
His Grace was co-served by the monastery clergy.
NJ: Diocesan Feast of the Royal Martyrs held in St. George's Church
Thursday, July 16, at St. George's Church in Howell, NJ, the Diocesan
feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs began. At 5:45 PM, to the sound of
pealing bells, the faithful greeted the relics of the Holy Royal
Martyrs, after which began the All-Night Vigil. During the Polyeleos,
the singing of the akathist to the Holy Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II
Washington D.C.: Nuptial Liturgy served in St. John the Baptist
During the Divine Liturgy
served on July 12, the Feast of the Holy Pre-eminent Apostles Sts.
Peter and Paul, and with the blessing of His Eminence, the Very Most
Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion, Reader Daniel Gregoire and Elizabeth
Atkins, parishioners of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, were
joined in Holy Matrimony.
Sea Cliff, NY: Work begins on the Iconography of St. Seraphim Church,
Dedicated to the Millennial Path of the Russian Orthodox Church
On July 12, the feast day of the
Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, the rector, Archpriest Serafim Gan,
served the Divine Liturgy, co-served by Priest Paul Akmolin, a cleric
of the Mid-American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad,
Protodeacon Paul Wolkow, and Deacons Eugene Kallaur and Victor Ganson,
the latter of whom is a cleric of the Church of the Epiphany in
Roslindale (Boston), MA.
Northville, NY: SGPA’s
“Day of Remembrance of the Fallen Faithful”
July 11, marked the “Day of Remembrance of the Fallen Faithful”
(Russian: DPV) at the summer camp of St. George Pathfinders of
America, “Tsarskoe Selo” Chapter. At 5:30 PM, the All-Night Vigil
began with the greeting of the relics of the Holy Royal Martyrs and
was led by His Grace, Bishop Jerome of Manhattan.
NY: HTS participates in meeting of Seminary leadership held at St.
Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, PA
Thursday July 9, 2009, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
hosted a meeting of Seminary leaders in the United States and Canada
at the diocesan center of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon.
Prior to the meeting, Protodeacon Vladimir Tsurikov met with the abbot
of St. Tikhon’s monastery, Fr. Sergius.
NY: Summer Youth Program held at holy Trinity Monastery
years in abeyance, the Jordanville Summer Youth Program was relaunched
on June 21, 2009, on the Sunday of All Saints of Russia. The program
was open to boys between the ages of fifteen and eighteen, and lasted
WV: Sts. Peter & Paul feast in the Hermitage of the Holy Cross
the feast day of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, divine services
were held in the main church of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross. For
photographs from the feast day, click here.
Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, pray unto God for us!
Jordanville: Dean of Holy
Trinity Seminary visits Educational
Institutions of the Russian
June 1, 2009, Protodeacon Vladimir Tsurikov travelled to Russia, where
he met with representatives of different educational institutions and
first day of the dean’s visit began with a visit to the Martha and
Mary Convent in Moscow, founded by the New martyr Elizaveta Feodorovna.
NJ: A General Choir of Diocesan Singers will sing the Divine Services
during the Feast of the Royal Martyrs
from all around the diocese are invited to join the general choir,
which will sing the Divine services during the diocesan
feast of the Royal Martyrs on July 16th and 17th. The choir
will also participate in the Royal Martyrs montage, which will be
presented during the outdoor luncheon on July 17th.
Moscow, Russia: Archpriest Victor Potapov is appointed a member of the
Authoring Committee for the "Foundations of Orthodox
decree of His Holiness, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kyrill, an
Authoring Committee and Authoring Board, tasked with compiling a
textbook and teaching materials for a high school academic course,
"The Foundations of Orthodox Culture," were created on
June 29, 2009.
NJ: Parish Feast Day of the Church of Our Lady of Tikhvin
July 9th (new style), the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the
appearance of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God. This feast day
celebrates the miraculous appearance of the icon on Lake Ladoga; its
transfer, from the Second Rome at Constantinople, to the Third Rome,
Moscow. This wonderful, miraculous icon protected our homeland from
sorrows and strife for hundreds of years, and is the symbol of Holy
MA: Parish Feast Day of St. John's Church
many churches abroad, and now in Russia also, the feast day of the
glorification of the great saint of the Russian Diaspora, St. John,
Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, was prayerfully
celebrated. The feast took place in our parish of St. John, as well.
On this day, our parish celebrated yet another important date: one
year ago, the first divine service was held in our church, led by
Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky).
Myrrhbearers. A unique choir in the Russian Diaspora.
Holy Myrrhbearers Women’s Choir, under the direction of Eugenia
Temidis, is a rare phenomenon in the Russian diaspora. Women’s
choirs usually form in convents; a lay women’s choir has never
existed in the Russian emigration. The
founder and musical director of this choir is Eugenia Temidis. Since
childhood, she listened to the choir led by her grandfather, Georgii
Ivanovich Samoilovich, learning Church Slavonic, reading and singing
on the kliros in her parish in Nyack, NY, and participated in school
PA: Parish Feast Day of St. John the Baptist Cathedral
evening, July 6th, on the eve of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist,
Bishop George of Mayfield led the All-Night Vigil in St. John the
Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA. Co-serving with His Grace were
Mitred Archpriest John Sorochka (St. John’s Cathedral), Archpriest
David Hritcko (St. Basil’s Church, Simpson, PA)...
The Washington "Putivl" Summer Camp
June 27, this year's Summer camp held by “Putivl,” the Washington
chapter of the St. George Pathfinders of America, started. As in past
years, camp was held outdoors, under the open sky in a picturesque
spot in the Virginia hills practically on the West Virginia border.
Cove, NY: Orthodox Women's Conference "Liturgy and Prayer"
On Saturday, June
27, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, about 60
members of the clergy and laity gathered in prayer for a day of
spiritual education, edification, and idea-sharing at a conference for
Orthodox women of all ages entitled: “Liturgy and Prayer.”
must not be like the sign post which points the way, yet does not move
from where it stands"
Interview with Bishop George of Mayfield
December 7th, 2008, Archimandrite George (Schaefer) was consecrated
Bishop of Mayfield and vicar of the Eastern American Diocese. On May
7th, Bishop George was elected abbot of the Hermitage of the Holy
Cross in West Virginia, where he currently resides. Not long after the
recent meeting of the Diocesan Council, His Grace answered several
questions during his first interview as a hierarch.
NJ: Announcement from the Diocesan Office to all Rectors and Choir
American Diocesan Music Commission (EADMC) is seeking input from all parishes, communities and church
musicians within the diocese. The goal of the EADMC is to enhance liturgical music by providing resources,
educational opportunities, collaborative efforts and other programs.
Northville, NY -
The Opening of SGPA Summer Camp, Druzhina “Tsarskoe Selo”
June 28, in the hills of upstate New York, the summer camp of St.
George Pathfinders of America, “Tsarskoe Selo” Druzhina (chapter),
opened. The camp is attended by over 120 boys and girls (8 to 18 years
of age), who spend the entire month of July in the woods, sleeping in
tents and swimming in nearby Lake Sacandaga.