August 2, 2016
Nanuet, NY: Patronal Feast Day of St. Seraphim Cathedral in Novo-Diveevo

On Sunday, July 31, and Monday, August 1, the feast of the Uncovering of the Relics of the Venerable Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov, Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY, celebrated the patronal feast day of the convent’s main St. Seraphim Cathedral.

At the All-Night Vigil on Sunday evening, the convent’s senior cleric, Archpriest Alexander Fedorowski, was co-served by Archpriest Yaroslav Belikow (monastery cleric), Priest Dmitri Don (rector of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic, NJ), Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; monastery clerics), and Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of the Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY). During the Polyeleos, an akathist was read to the Heavenly patron of the church and convent, after which the worshippers venerated the icon of St. Seraphim and were anointed with oil.

On Monday morning, following an akathist and lesser blessing of water, Fr. Alexander celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by cathedral clerics Archpriests Mark Burachek, Yaroslav Belikow, and George Zelenin, Hieromonk Photius (Oulanov; cleric of Holy Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY), and the above-mentioned deacons, as well as Protodeacon Dionysius Lvov (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City).

A multitude of pilgrims filled the church and prayed under the harmonic singing of the cathedral choir. A procession of the cross was led around the cathedral following Liturgy, after which the Polychronion was intoned to Abbess Makaria and the sisters of the convent, as well as to all Seraphims celebrating their namesday. A bountiful luncheon followed the services.

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