JORDANVILLE: September 1, 2004

Namesday of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus

Not wishing to disturb the daily schedule of Holy Trinity Monastery, on the day of his saint, celebrated on 18/31 August, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus performed divine liturgy in the cathedral of Holy Trinity Moanstery in Jordanville not on the holiday schedule, but a 6 am, according to the weekday schedule. The midnight office, which began a half hour earlier, at 4:30 am, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus arrived in a simple monastic klobuk, rassa and panaghia (Vladyka dons a white klobuk and blue mantle at the Monastery only on holidays). Then, the clergy, headed by His Eminence, read the entrance prayers, after which the reading of hours commenced, during which those who were serving vested themselves in the altar of the Monastery Cathedral. Before the beginning of divine liturgy, His Eminence performed the ordination of Reader Sergei Ledkovsky into the subdeaconate. At the end of liturgy, everyone sang Many Years to His Eminence, the Monastery's Superior, and to the brethren, then going to the refectory, where His Eminence Vladyka congratulated Archimandrite Flor, who also celebrated his namesday that day, and told the monks and visiting clergy and many pilgrims of the life of Archimandrite Sergei (Romberg, +1992) who died on this day twelve years ago. He was a brother of the monastery and an expert on the rule of services and teacher of liturgics at Holy Trinity Seminary for many years. After the trapeza, Vladyka received congratulations from the clergy and guests at his residence.

The Editors of this website express their filial greetings to His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus on his namesday. May the prayers of Holy Martyr Laurus help His Eminence in his service as First Hierarch, and preserve him for many years!

At the conclusion of divine liturgy, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus removes his vestments at the altar. Newly-ordained Subdeacon Sergei Ledkovsky removes His Eminence's omophorion.

His Eminence Vladyka congratulates Archimandrite Flor during the trapeza and tells of the life of Archimandrite Sergei (Romberg, +1992).