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