of Orthodoxy in the Cathedrals of the Russian Diaspora
His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus performed all the traditional services
during the first week of Great Lent at Holy Trinity Monastery. On
the Sunday of Orthodoxy, His Eminence performed Divine Liturgy along
with the monastic clergy, the teachers of Holy Trinity Seminary
and visiting clergymen; following this was the Rite of Orthodoxy,
intoned by Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk.
On the day of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, His Eminence Archbishop
Hilarion of Sydney and the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand
performed Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in
Stratfield, near Sydney, and on the eve, prayed during all-night
vigil at the church of the Diocesan Administration, which is also
the residence of His Eminence Vladyka. On Sunday, Archbishop Hilarion
was joined in service by the local clergymen. The Rite of Orthodoxy
was intoned by Deacon Alexander Kotliaroff.
Services during first week of Great Lent were held in great solemnity
at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow,"
headed by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western
America. The Cathedral contains the uncorrupted relics of St John
of Shanghai and San Francisco (Maximovich, +1966). At the end of
Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, during which the Holy
Gifts were administered from two chalices, the rite of Orthodoxy
was intoned by Protodeacon Vitaly Sabelnik.
Divine Liturgy at Holy Virgin Protection Church in Chicago (Des
Plaines) was headed by His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Vicar
of the Diocese of Chicago and Detroit. His Eminence Archbishop Alypy
of Chicago and Detroit prayed in the altar and communed of the Holy
Gifts together with the clergy of the Cathedral. During the Rite
of Orthodoxy, intoned by Deacon Julian Miloradovich, His Grace Bishop
Peter sat on the cathedra, holding the dichirios and trichirios
and lowering them during each "anathema," as was the custom
before the revolution in several cathedrals of Russia, and in San
Francisco as well. At the end of service, the solemn hymn of St
Ambrose of Milan, "Tebe Boga hvalim" ["We praise
Thee, o God"] was sung with great inspiration under the direction
of Reader Michael Gill.
All the services of Clean Week were conducted according to the rule
at the Synodal Cathedral in New York. His Grace Bishop Gabriel of
Manhattan conducted all of the services on the first three days,
officiating at the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on Wednesday,
while the choir sang under the inspired direction of Irina Mozyleva.
On Clean Friday, the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts was conducted
by Protopriest Andrei Sommer and Priest Michael Amelchenya, Priest
Serafim Gan and Priest Akim Provatakis. On the day of the Triumph
of Orthodoxy, His Grace Bishop Gabriel performed Divine Liturgy
along with the Cathedral's clergymen, including Protodeacon Nicolas
Mokhoff, who intoned the Rite of Orthodoxy. Protopriest Wsewolod
Dutikow of Holy Trinity Church in Astoria arrived for the Rite,
along with Priest Alexander Botschagow, Rector of Holy Fathers Church
in Manhattan, Deacon Dimitri Temidis of Holy Virgin Protection Church
in Nyack, NY, and a multitude of worshipers from other parishes.