On May 9, the 2nd Sunday of Pascha, dedicated to the Holy Apostle Thomas, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Seraphim Cathedral of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY.
Concelebrating with His Eminence were:
Together with the believers, Abbess Makaria, rectress of Novo-Diveevo Convent, prayed at the divine service with the sisters.
The liturgical chants were performed by the greater Novo-Diveevo choir under the direction of John Arlievsky, Fr. Serge’s son, under the watchful eye of longtime choir conductor Matushka Maria Fedorowski.
Convent parishioners and faithful from nearby parishes came to pray at the divine service, observing all required sanitary guidelines. Most worshippers in the temple confessed and communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
After the Great Entrance, Metropolitan Hilarion ordained Deacon Alexei Klar to the priesthood. The newly ordained Priest Alexei will fulfill his obedience at Novo-Diveevo Convent.
Upon conclusion of the festal Liturgy, Archbishop Gabriel greeted Fr. Alexei, congratulating him on his ordination. His Eminence noted that it was at his hands that "Alyosha" was tonsured a reader and ordained a subdeacon, while Bishop Nicholas ordained him a deacon, and how pleased both hierarchs were to be in attendance at this next step in his service to the Church. Archbishop Gabriel wished Fr. Alexei many long years of life and service to the convent and the whole Orthodox Church.
After the service, the hierarchs and clergy went in procession to the convent cemetery, where a general panihida was served for all of the departed hierarchs, monastics, and Orthodox Christians buried at Novo-Diveevo.
Clergy were invited to a small luncheon in honor of Fr. Alexei, who will serve his forty days at the convent.
The beautiful weather gladdened believers who came to pray for the repose of their loved ones at the cemetery and sharing with them the joy of Christ’s Resurrection. Memorial services at the graves were served by local clergy.