Services of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus
On April 7, on the holiday of the Annunciation of the Most-Holy
Mother of God, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus performed Divine
Liturgy in St Nicholas Cathedral in Caracas along with the Cathedral's
Rector, Protopriest Pavel Volkov, Hieromonk Nicholas (Perekrestov)
and Protodeacon Victor Lochmatov. At the end of service, His Eminence
addressed the parishioners with a sermon on the holiday.
It is worth noting that Venezuela was graced with the labors of
St John (Maximovich, +1966), the heavenly protector of the Russian
diaspora, who had served Divine Liturgy here many times and performed
the laying of the foundation of the churches in Caracas and Valencia.
St John would often visit and lend support to his relatives, spiritual
children and acquaintances from Shanghai, who had settled and established
church life here. The brother and sister of St John are buried at
the local cemetery.
On the Saturday following the holiday, His Eminence Vladyka prayed
at the Church of the Sign in Valencia during the memorial Divine
Liturgy performed by Hieromonk Nicholas and Protodeacon Victor Lochmatov.
At the end of Liturgy, His Eminence performed a pannikhida along
with the aforementioned clergymen and offered the cross for veneration,
then shared the trapeza with the parishioners at the church. The
following morning, on the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, His Eminence
performed Divine Liturgy in Caracas. On April 10, 2005, His Eminence
Metropolitan Laurus departed, while Hieromonk Nicholas remained
in Valencia to continue to serve at the Church of the Sign until
Yesterday, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia himself informed the Editors of the official website of
the Synod of Bishops that GG Rudnev, who had warmly welcomed His
Eminence in Venezuela and had done a great deal to benefit Russian
Orthodox Christians in Caracas and Valencia, and was a great church
activist, died unexpectedly at the beginning of the week. The funeral
and burial will be held in Caracas. His Eminence expresses profound
empathy to the relatives and friends of the reposed and to the children
of the Russian Church Abroad in Venezuela.
On Wednesday of the fifth week of Great Lent, His Eminence Vladyka,
after returning from Venezuela, read the great canon of St Andrew
of Crete and the life of St Mary of Egypt at Holy Trinity Monastery
in Jordanville. The festive divine services of the Laudation of
the Most-Holy Mother of God and of the fifth week of Great Lent
are being performed by His Eminence along with His Grace Bishop
Michael of Boston and the monastic clergymen. On Sunday, after the
monastery trapeza, His Grace Bishop Michael told of his trip throughout
the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate
as he accompanied the relics of SS Elizaveta and Varvara.
On the eve of Lazarus Saturday, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus
will perform monastic tonsures at the Monastery Cathedral, and on
Saturday, His Eminence will pray at Divine Liturgy, during which
the newly-tonsured monks will partake of the Holy Gifts. Following
this, His Eminence will head for Albany, where he will perform the
minor consecration of the newly-built Holy Virgin Mary Orthodox
The services of Palm Sunday will be performed by His Eminence at
the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York.