May 21, 2016
Nanuet, NY: On Thomas Sunday, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in Novo-Diveevo

After a joyful Bright Week, during which there was an incredible amount of rain, came St. Thomas Sunday. In St. Seraphim Cathedral of Holy Dormition Convent Novo-Diveevo in Nanuet, NY, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York. In the nearby parish of the Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, services were canceled so that the clergy could concelebrate at the convent. By the end of the service the rain had stopped, and the whole assembly of the clergy headed in procession to the monument to the fallen Russian soldiers. There, the Paschal Memorial Litiya was served, commemorating departed ROCOR hierarchs, all of the soldiers who died in the struggle for freedom in Russia, and all of those Orthodox Christians laid to rest in the cemetery and everywhere.

After the service, at the request of the faithful, priests served the traditional graveside Paschal Memorial Litiyas. A huge number of pilgrims had the opportunity to eat delicious food offered by various church and social organizations. The faithful had the chance to acquire interesting and useful books in the convent’s book nook, and just to spend time and socialize with one another.

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