June 26, 2016
Jordanville, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion & Bishop Nicholas lead Divine Services for Patronal Feast Day of Holy Trinity Monastery

On Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of June, the great feast of Pentecost, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, visited Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY and led the divine services. His Grace led the All-Night Vigil on Saturday night and celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, followed by Vespers with the reading of the Pentecost Kneeling Prayers. He was co-served by monastery abbot Archimandrite Luke (Murianka) and monastery and visiting clergy.

In accordance with Russian tradition, Holy Trinity Cathedral was adorned with trees, branches, leaves, and flowers, representing the flourishing of our souls with new life after being imbued with grace of the Holy Spirit. During the Hours, Bishop Nicholas tonsured seminary staffer Nicholas Williams a reader.

Following the Divine Liturgy, a procession and litiya were held around the cathedral. A festal luncheon was held for the clergy, monastic brotherhood, and many pilgrims that travelled to Jordanville to celebrate the feast.

The following morning, Monday, June 20, the Feast of the Holy Spirit, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York arrived and celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the monastery’s patronal feast day. His Eminence was concelebrated by Bishop Nicholas, sixteen priests, and nine deacons from Holy Trinity Monastery, the Eastern American Diocese, and neighboring dioceses.

After Liturgy, a short moleben was served to the Most Holy Trinity, followed by a procession. A festal luncheon followed, and then the clergy, brotherhood, and pilgrims proceeded to the old print shop in the main monastery building for a festal reception.

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