Services of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus

On October 14, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus officiated at divine services on the occasion of the feast day of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, the Rector of which is Mitred Protopriest George Larin.

On Sunday, October 16, His Eminence served at the new Protection Church in Rochester, NY, whose Rector is Protopriest Gregory Naumenko, teacher of Pastoral Theology at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville.

Procession of the cross on the feast day of the Utica church.
Photo by MP Volkov.

On October 23, the feast day of the Optina Elders, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia performed Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, during which he ordained Deacon Yakov Ferens of the Diocese of Eastern America and New York, into the priesthood. Fr Yakov was granted a canonical release to the Western American Diocese, where he will serve at St John of Kronstadt Church in San Diego. The former Rector of this parish, Priest Ilya Mrzev, is being transferred to the Diocese of Chicago and Detroit and appointed Senior Priest of St Sergius of Radonezh Cathedral in Cleveland.

On October 30, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus led Divine Liturgy in the Church of St John of Rila (a memorial church to St John of Kronstadt), in Utica, NY.