Pannikhida for Metropolitan Laurus - May 16 12:30PM
Pannikhida for Metropolitan Laurus - May 16 12:30PM
To all clergy of the Eastern American Diocese
As we approach the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, our hearts are filled with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord for granting unity to our Church.

Since the joint pastoral conference of Diocesan and Patriarchal clergy has been postponed to October 11-13, solemn services in honor of the fifth anniversary will be held on May 16th and 17th at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY and St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City.

On Wednesday, May 16th, on the eve of the anniversary, a panihida will be held at the tomb of Metropolitan Laurus in Holy Trinity Monastery at 12:30 PM. This will be a special time for us to remember our beloved Vladyka, and also His Holiness Patriarch Alexey II, and to thank them for their efforts in reuniting our long-suffering Church. The panihida will be led by the Administrator of Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Eminence Justinian, Archbishop of Naro-Fominsk, co-served by His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield, His Grace Jerome, Bishop of Manhattan, and clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR.

The following morning, May 17th, the Divine Liturgy will be served in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral by the above-mentioned clergy. The greeting of the bishop will begin at 10:00 AM; clergy are asked to arrive by 9:30 AM and to bring their own white vestments. After the Liturgy, a festal banquet will be held in the cathedral hall.

All diocesan clergy and their faithful are invited and encouraged to attend these services. Those who cannot make it to New York City are asked to serve either a Divine Liturgy or Thanksgiving moleben on May 17th. God willing, I will be in Moscow at that time, celebrating the fifth anniversary with His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill.

Please accept my most sincere congratulations on this joyous fifth anniversary. May the Lord continue to bestow His rich and abundant mercies on our Holy Church and Her faithful.
With love in Christ,


Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

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Holy Trinity Monastery
1407 Robinson Rd.
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