line with the legacy of St. Seraphim, Vladyka Laurus strove to
acquire the spirit of peace, he restored unity in the Church, and as
a result, thousands of souls are being saved." An interview with
Archpriest Seraphim Gan
Serafim Gan, personal secretary of the present First Hierarch of the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence,
Metropolitan Hilarion, and of his predecessor, His Eminence,
Metropolitan Laurus, never suspected the role he was to play in the
process of reestablishing the lost unity within the Russian Church.
Born in California, he grew
up in the diocese ruled by Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev), a great
spiritual friend and hero of Vladyka Laurus’...
NJ: Bishop Jerome celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Vladimir
On Wednesday, July
28, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan Vicar Bishop Jerome of
Manhattan, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Vladimir Memorial
Church on the occasion of the church’s patronal feast day. In his
sermon, Bishop Jerome emphasized the responsibility of every
Christian to spread and bear witness to the Orthodox faith among
heterodox peoples, as the holy Grand Prince, Equal-of-the-Apostles,
did in his time.
Léogâne, Haiti: The
Patronal Feast Day of Sts. Peter & Paul Church
On Monday, July 12,
the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in Léogâne,
Haiti, celebrated its patronal feast day in a makeshift tent, which is now
their only shelter for services. The town of Léogâne
one of the places hardest hit by the earthquake on January 12th, with most
of its inhabitants and almost all of the Orthodox parishioners left homeless
by the disaster. As witnessed by the pictures, faith is still strong, and
hope and love have not left these wonderful people.
Jackson, NJ: The
First Hierarch of ROCOR led the national St. Vladimir’s Day
24-25, the national St. Vladimir’s Day celebrations were held at
the Memorial Church of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Great Prince
Vladimir – "chief among the saints of Russia," the
founder of Holy Russia and true Russian culture, in Jackson, NJ. The
festal divine services were led by the First Hierarch of the Russian
Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern
America and New York.
NJ: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Holy Virgin
On Saturday, July
24, the day of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles and Grand Princess of Russia
Olga, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence
Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, celebrated the
Divine Liturgy in the lower Holy Virgin Protection Church of St. Vladimir
Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.
SC: Bishop George led the divine services in St. Elizabeth the New Martyr
On July 16-19, His Grace
George, Bishop of Mayfield, visited the mission parish of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr
in Columbia, SC, on the occasion of the parish’s feast day. Arriving on
the afternoon of the 16th, Vladyka visited with the family of
Priest Mark Mancuso, rector of St Elizabeth’s.
NJ: A Diocesan
Facebook Page has been
Eastern American Diocesan Media Office has created a page for the Diocese on
the social networking site Facebook under the name Eastern
American Diocese (ROCOR).
NJ: St. Vladimir’s Day – the Day of Russian Unity
This year, the national celebration of St. Vladimir’s Day will
take place on Sunday, July 25, in St. Vladimir Memorial Church to the
Millennium of the Baptism of Rus, several days prior to St. Vladimir’s Day
Local parish clergy and faithful will arrive before the start of
the Liturgy at 9:00 AM, as will representatives of several national and
NY: SGPA’s "Day of Remembrance of the Fallen Faithful"
July 21, 2010
On Friday, July 16,
the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother
of God, arrived in the summer scout camp of St. George Pathfinders of
America (SGPA), "Tsarskoe
(Northville, NY). That evening, the camp’s spiritual father, Archpriest
Serge Lukianov, led a discussion on the history of the Icon...
Patronal feast day of St. Augustine’s Parish
On Monday, June 28th, the Parish
of Blessed Augustine in Jacmel, Haiti, celebrated its patronal feast day.
The services were led by Priest Jean Chenier-Dumais and Priest Gregoire
Legouté, with many parishioners in attendance. After the Liturgy, the
clergy baptized over 50 men, women and children. Some of the adults were
baptized in the ocean.
NY: Russia’s Channel One broadcast a report on the restoration of the New Kursk Root Hermitage
Channel One television station has broadcast a report on the parish
life and restoration of the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY.
history of the New Root Hermitage is closely tied to the history of
the whole Church Abroad, especially with the wonder-working icon
itself, which was kept here during its first years in the United
PA: The Port Arthur Icon of the Mother of God visited St. Basil’s
With the blessing
of His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield, the widely venerated copy of
the Port Arthur Icon of the Mother of God is traveling to the various
parishes of Pennsylvania. The Icon is traditionally kept in the main
church of Holy Cross Monastery, and was brought to St. John the
Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield for the patronal feast day.
Generosity: An article by Tamara Nazarova on the feast of St. John of
Shanghai in Brooklyn
июля 2010 г.
July third, the feast day of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco,
Bishop Jerome of Manhattan visited the Church of Our Lady "The
Inexhaustible Chalice" in Brighton. Rector Priest Vadim Arefiev,
greeting Vladyka, said these amazing words: "Today I believe that
Our Lady Herself has gathered us here for the sake of Her saint, who
with his sacrificial love served all those in need.
NY: Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul
Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia, visited the children’s summer camp NORR
(National Association of Russian Explorers) on July 11-12, the feast of the
Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. The holy Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God
"of the Sign" arrived with Vladyka.
of Sts. Peter & Paul in Holy Cross Monastery
July 14, 2010
the feast of the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul, His Grace George,
Bishop of Mayfield, led the divine services in Holy Cross Monastery in
Wayne, WV. His Grace was co-served by monastery clergy and Priest Mark
Tyson (rector of St. Mary’s Dormition Church in Bluefield,
NJ: Parish Feast Day of the Church of Our Lady of Tikhvin
July 9, 2010
On 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 Russia.
PA: The patronal feast day of St. John the Baptist Cathedral
On the feast day of the Nativity of St. John
the Baptist, St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA marked its
patronal feast day. The All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy on the day of the
feast were led by the rector, His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield,
co-served by His
Grace Jerome, Bishop of Manhattan and a multitude of clergymen.
NY: SGPA camp holds Troop Leadership Course (KDV)
From Sunday, June
27, through Friday, July 2, the
summer scout camp St. George Pathfinders of America (SGPA), "Tsarskoe
Selo" Chapter (Northville, NY), held a Troop Leadership Course
(abbreviated KDV in Russian) to prepare camp youth to lead scout
troops. Twenty-seven boy and girl scouts from Chapters "Tsarskoe
Selo" and "Putivl" (Washington, DC) participated in
MA: The patronal feast day of St. John the Wonderworker Church
On Saturday, July
3, on the day of the patronal feast of St. John of Shanghai and San
Francisco the Wonderworker, the Divine Liturgy was served in St.
John’s parish in
Framingham, MA. The clerics’ joint service and the talented
singing of the choir alongside choristers of neighboring churches
gave the festal Liturgy a special solemnity.
Cove, NY: A Performance by Children’s Theater Company "Verbochki"
in the parish hall of Holy Virgin Intercession
The Children’s Theater Company "Verbochki"
began its work in Holy New Martyrs of Russia Church in Brooklyn
under the direction of Matushka Maria Ivanova, according to the
parish’s official site. On Sunday, June 29, a significant event took place in the life of "Verbochki"
– the Company’s first performance outside of its own parish.
FL: Abbot Augustine (Whitfield) has reposed in the Lord
On Sunday, July 4,
Dom Augustine (Whitfield), Abbot of the Congregation of Mt. Royal in
Jacksonville, FL, reposed in the Lord. Fr. Augustine came of a very old
American family stretching back to Scotland, and is distantly related to the
Scottish Royal House. The 17th century Whitfield House that appears in
architectural books on Connecticut was built by his ancestors. He was from
the Southern branch of the family, and his grandfather, Judge John
Whitfield, was well known in Jacksonville.
services were held for Her Imperial Highness, Dowager Grand Duchess
On Thursday, July
1, memorial services were held for the fortieth day of the repose of
Her Imperial Highness, Grand Duchess Leonida Romanov, in Holy
Annunciation Church in Flushing, NY, served by rector Archpriest
Alexei Ohotin, as well as in Our Lady of Tikhvin Church in Lakewood,
NJ, served by rector Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov and Priest