Jovan of Ohrid and Bishop Longin of New Gracanica Visit the Cathedral
of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow"
As reported by Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis, His Eminence
Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America greeted and
welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Jovan of Ohrid and His Grace
Bishop Longin of New Gracanica on Saturday, April 9, at the beginning
of all-night vigil. The visitors prayed in the altar during the
service, when the clergymen serving commemorated the visitors from
the Serbian Orthodox Church, which had provided refuge for the Russian
Church Abroad during the 1920's, while the Cathedral Choir, under
the direction of Reader Vladimir V Krassovsky, sang several pieces
of Serbian church music. At the end of divine service, His Grace
Bishop Longin spoke with the Cathedral's clergymen and told them
about his recent visit to Australia, where he escorted His Holiness
Patriarch Pavle and concelebrated during the patriarchal services,
in which clergymen of Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia also participated.
The main goal of the visit to the Cathedral by the bishops of the
Serbian Church was to pray at the tomb containing the uncorrupted
relics of the great Saint John (Maximovich, +1966), who had spent
some time in monastic labors at Bitol, where Metropolitan Jovan
now serves as archpastor.