Курская Коренная икона Божией Матери
The feast day of the Znamensky Synodal Cathedral - in honor of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, began at the All-Night Vigil on Saturday, December 9th. On Sunday, December 10, the Divine Liturgy at the Synodal Cathedral of the City of New York was headed by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.
Первоиерарх Русской Зарубежной Церкви
митрополит Восточно-Американский Иларион
His Eminence was officiated by the Archbishop of Montreal and Canada, Gabriel, Bishop of Manhattan Nicholas, Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem Archimandrite. Roman (Klassovsky), the clergy of the cathedral and the diocese: George Konev (rector of the Three Saints Church of the MP of Garfield, New Jersey), Prott. Sergiy Lukyanov (secretary of the diocese), Andrei Sommer (clerk of the cathedral), Vasily Raskovsky (clergyman of the diocese), Alexander Bochagov (rector of the St. Father's Church of St.N.), Vasily Yurin (clergyman of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Brooklyn, N.J.), John Chervinsky (clergyman of the cathedral), Igum. Vladimir (Zgoba, rector of the church of the icon of the Mother of God "Unexpected Joy" on Staten Island, N.Y.) and Evtikhy (Dovganiuk, clergyman of the parish of St. Gregory the Theologian, N.Y.), prot. Peter (Gnatkivsky, cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral of Hovell, N.N.), hierom. Zosima (Crumpis, rector of the English-speaking mission at the St. Sergius Church of the City of St. Nicholas) and Tikhon (Gayfudinov, rector of the Pokrovsky male monastery of Beune, N.J.), Priest George Temidis (assistant rector of the New Root Mountains Magopak, N.Y.), protodd. Nikolai Mokhov, Vadim Gan, Dionysius Lvov (clergymen of the cathedral), protodd. Demetrius Temidis (clergyman of the Intercession Church of Nayak, N.Y.), Paul Volkov (cleric of St. Seraphim Church-Monument of St. Cliff, N.Y.), Sergius Arlievsky and Vladimir Barros (clerics of Uspensky the Novo-Diveevo women's monastery of Nanuet, N.Y.), Leonid Rozhkov (clergyman of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral), diak. Mikhail Pavuk (cleric of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, Pennsylvania).
The cathedral was full. The worship was attended by numerous parishioners, believers from other cities and states.
During the reading of the hours, Metropolitan Hilarion tonsured a reader Nicholas Soy for the mission of Saint. Gregory the Theologian in Manhattan.
At the small entrance Vladyka awarded the Igum. Evtikhia (Dovganiuk) the right to wear a cross with ornaments.
On the patronal feast, a clergyman of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem came to Znamensky Cathedral, diak. Roman Gultyaev, who was ordained in this cathedral in the diaconate. During the Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion ordained him to the office of presbyter. Father Roman, who is also a guide and is studying the history of the Russian presence in the Holy Land, is known to many Orthodox people in America and in Russia.
Upon completion of the service with a sermon on the history of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, Fr. Tikhon (Gayfudinov). The bishops and clergy performed a short moleben singing before the Kursk Root Icon. Numerous believers on this day confessed and received Holy Communion of the Holy Mysteries.
Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated the clergy, parishioners and guests on the patronal feast and said: "Today we glorify the Most Pure Virgin Mary, which protects us, especially through its ancient icon, the Kursk Root, that has been with us abroad since 1920. We thank the Lord God that He, through the prayers of His Most Pure Mother, sends us spiritual help, correction and spiritual and bodily healing. " Vladyka Metropolitan thanked the hierarchs, the clergy and all the arrivals who shared the joy of the holiday, and wished everyone God's help, strength of strength and God's grace for spiritual growth.
Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the merits of the workers of the cathedral and awarded Catherine Penchuk Grabbe, Svetlana Yakushin, Tamara Angelo, Elena Sokolovskaya and Elena Bakanin with the Archbishop's letters.
Addressing Metropolitan Hilarion, Bishop Nikolai congratulated him and with his personal celebration - on the 33rd anniversary of the episcopal consecration, which he received from the hands of the blessed memory of Metropolitan Filaret (Voznesensky, +1985) and a host of bishops. "This grace is felt by your fellow hierarchs, our clergy and our flock," said Vladyka Nikolai, "I wish that our holy icon" Hodegetria "is always present in your life so that the covering of the Mother of God will always cover you .You often travel around the world , but God is with you, and with you our prayers. "We also ask you to pray for us and lead us along the saving path."
Sisterhood of the cathedral invited the bishops, clergy and guests to a festive meal in the cathedral hall, where the informal dialogue of the participants in the patronal feast of the Synodal Cathedral continued.
Photo: Press Service of the Eastern American Diocese - G. Konev
The Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
The editorial office and the staff of the portal "Russia in Colors" in Jerusalem heartily congratulates priest Roman Gultyaev on the adoption of the sacred dignity and wishes him God's help in the sacrificial service of the Holy Orthodox Church. Many and good summer!
Father Roman is a famous guide and researcher of the Holy Land and has been cooperating with our Internet resources for many years. His publications on the Russian spiritual presence in the Holy Land on our portal are known: