Led by His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus
14, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus officiated at divine services
at St Seraphim Church in Sea Cliff, NY, along with His Grace Bishop
Peter of Cleveland, Protopriest Andrei Semyanko and Protopriest
Sergii Klestov, Hegumen George (Schaeffer), Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky)
and Hieromonk Nicholas (Perekrestov), along with Protodeacon Joseph
Jarostchuk, Protodeacon Victor Lokhmatov, Protodeacon Paul Wolkow
and Deacon Andrew Rudenko.
19, the miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God and
His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus headed for South America along
with Protopriest Yaroslav Belikow of the Cathedral of the Mother
of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco, Protodeacon
Victor Lokhmatov, Subdeacon Vladimir Barros and Reader Nicholas
Olhovsky, the cell-attendant of the First Hierarch. On November
21, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus performed divine liturgy at
Holy Trinity Church in Villa Alpina, a suburb of Sao Paolo, along
with the Parish Rector, Protopriest George Petrenko, Dean of the
Russian churches in Brazil, and the local clergy. At the end of
liturgy, Vladyka delivered a sermon, after which a commemorative
litany was performed for His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret of blessed
memory, who had died on this day 19 years ago. The Kursk-Root Icon
of the Mother of God, along with His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus
and his consorts will visit parishes in Brazil, Venezuela, Chile
and Argentina. The aim of this archpastoral visit is to see the
parishes of the Diocese, to become acquainted with church life in
South America, to pray with the clergy and worshipers of that diocese
and to clarify some points of misunderstanding connected with recent
events in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus is expected to preside at a conference
of all the clergymen of the Diocese.
Metropolitan Laurus will return to the USA in time for the feast
day of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York
on December 9-10.
St Seraphim Church in Sea Cliff
George Shatiloff, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus and Subdeacon
From left to right: Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky), Protopriest Sergei
Klestoff, Bishop Peter of Cleveland, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus,
Protopriest Andrei Semyanko, Hegumen George (Schaeffer) and Hieromonk
His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland blesses the worshipers.