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Celebrations on canonical unity of the Russian Orthodox Church begin in the USA

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3568 31 August 2007, 18:06 Celebrations on the occasion of the restoration of canonical unity of the Russian
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      31 August 2007, 18:06
      Celebrations on the occasion of the restoration of canonical unity of
      the Russian Orthodox Church be in in the USA

      New York, August 31, Interfax - Celebrations to mark the
      reestablishment of full brotherly communion in the Russian Orthodox
      Church begin in the USA.

      With the blessing of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, an
      official delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate has come to New York
      to participate in the festive celebrations. It is headed by
      Metropolitan Isidor of Yekaterinodar and Kuban.

      During this brotherly visit, divine services are planned to be held
      in the churches and monasteries of the Russian diaspora, including
      the ROCOR parishes in North America, Europe, Australia. The
      celebrations will be opened with the joint All-Night Vigil Service at
      St. Nicholas Cathedral and conclude on October 3 with the
      thanksgiving at the Savior's Crown of Thorns at Notre Dame de Paris,
      the official site of the Church Abroad has reported.

      Throughout their trip, the Moscow Patriarchate delegation will have
      with them the miracle-working Derzhavnaya (Reigning) Icon of the
      Mother of God, which was found on the day when Emperor Nicholas II
      abdicated and which is kept today in the Church of Our Lady of Kazan
      in Kolomenskoye, Moscow. Before their departure for the USA, the
      delegation prayed at the Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God at the
      Sretensky monastery in Moscow for their safe trip.

      The famous choir of the Sretensky monastery will come for the
      celebrations together with the bishops.

      As part of their festive program, the delegation and the choir will
      participate in the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the
      Episcopal service of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox
      Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus of Eastern
      America and New York.

      In addition to participating in divine services in New York,
      Jordanville, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco,
      Melbourne, Sydney, Geneva, Berlin, London and Paris, the Sretensky
      Choir will also perform "Masterpieces of Russian Choral Singing" in
      the great concert halls of these cities.
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