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Bishop Matthew leads concluding session of the Bishop’s Council - 12/22/18

On December 20, in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, led the last meeting for 2018 of the the Bishops Council.


The Primate of the Orthodox Church in America leads patronal feastday celebrations of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral - 12/19/18

On Wednesday, December 19, the feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Divine Liturgy for the patronal feast of St Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City was celebrated by the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of all America and Canada.


Bishop Matthew of Sourozh serves All-night Vigil for feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - 12/19/18

On Tuesday evening, December 18, the eve of the feast of the Holy Wonderworker Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra and Lycia, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh served the All-night Vigil in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


On Thanksgiving Day, Bishop Matthew celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 11/22/18

On Thursday, November 22, the American civil holiday Thanksgiving, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop Matthew celebrates Divine Liturgy on feast of the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Hosts - 11/21/18

On Wednesday, November 21, interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, celebrated Divine Liturgy on the  feast of the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Hosts in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop Matthew holds discussion with Youth of St. Nicholas Cathedral - 11/21/18

On Tuesday evening, November 20, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh held a discussion during the weekly youth meetings in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


ROCOR First Hierarch meets with Administrator of Patriarchal Parishes in USA - 11/21/18

On Tuesday, November 20, a meeting was held at the residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in New York City between the Administrator pro tempore of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA


Bishop Matthew of Sourozh meets with the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America - 11/19/18

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, hosted His Grace, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, the recently appointed Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United States, at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday, November 19, 2018


Bishop Matthew celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 11/18/18

On Sunday, November 18, the feast of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow Confessor and the Fathers of the Local Council of the Church of Russia in 1917-1918...


Bishop Matthew leads All-night Vigil in St. Nicholas Cathedral on eve of Consecration Anniversary - 11/17/18

On Saturday evening November 17, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh led the All-night Vigil in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop Matthew of Sourozh celebrates Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist Church - 11/17/18

On Saturday, November 17, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist Church in Little Falls, NJ. 


Bishop Matthew arrived in the United States - 11/16/18

On the evening of November 16, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Bishop Matthew of Sourozh arrived in New York City. 


Bishop Matthew of Sourozh to lead 116th Anniversary of Great Consecration of St. Nicholas Cathedral - 11/13/18

On his first visit to the United States as interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 18, in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop Viktor of Artzis celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 11/13/18

On Sunday, November 11, the feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries, Bishop Viktor of Artzis, vicar of the Diocese of Odessa, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City.


Central States Deanery clergy convene in Battle Creek - 11/02/18

From 30-31 October , the clergy of the Central States Deanery gathered at St. Elias Orthodox Church in Battle Creek, MI for their fall meeting.


Clerics of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA meet with administration of St. Vladimir Seminary - 10/16/18

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, a delegation from the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA met with Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary...


Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has considered it impossible to remain in the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople - 10/15/18

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, at its session on October 15, 2018, in Minsk, adopted a Statement of the Holy Synod concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople upon the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church....


Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church - 10/15/18

With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople:


Message from the Chancery of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA - 10/15/18

This message serves to inform you that the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on October 15, 2018, relieved Bishop John of Naro-Fomisnk from the Administration of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA


Bishop Matthew of Sourozh appointed Interim Patriarchal Parishes Administrator - 10/15/18

At the October 15 meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia in Minsk, Belarus, members discussed the appointments of hierarchs abroad.


Bishop John participates in All-Night Vigil in the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra - 10/07/18

On Sunday October 7, the eve of the feast of Venerable Sergius of Radonzeh, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia served the All-night Vigil in the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. 


Wonderworking Hawaiian Iveron Icon visits St. Innocent Church - 10/07/18

On Sunday,  October 7, St. Innocent of Irkutsk parish in Redford, MI was blessed with a visit from the Hawaiian Wonderworking Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.


Bishop John celebrated Liturgy in Church of the Great Martyr Catherine in Rome - 10/03/18

On Sunday, September 30, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Catherine’s Church in Rome, Italy.


Elevation of the Cross in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral - 10/03/18

On September 26-27, the feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross,  the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy were servied in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Newly-opened St. George Chapel in Mexico holds first Divine Liturgy - 10/02/18

On Sunday, September 16, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the newly-opened chapel of Great Martyr George in San Juan del Río (state of Querétaro).


Clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA bid farewell to Archpriest Vincent Saverino - 09/25/18

On Tuesday, September 25, clergy and faithful of greater Philadelphia gathered in St. Michael the Archangel Church to bid farewell to their pastor emeritus. 


Past Patriarchal Parishes Administrators reflect on life of Archpriest Vincent Saverino - 09/25/18

In connection with the repose of Archpriest Vincent Saverino, the former Administrators of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and other hierarchs expressed their condolonces to the family of the newly-departed


Bishop John extends condolences to family and spiritual children of the newly-departed Archpriest Vincent Saverino - 09/24/18

I knew Fr. Vincent as a diligent and fervent pastor who had labored for more than thirty years as a member of the Bishop’s Council, Dean of the Atlantic States and Rector of the parish dedicated to Archangel Michael in the city of Philadelphia....


Divine Liturgy celebrated in St. Nicholas Cathedral for feast of Nativity of the Theotokos - 09/21/18

On Friday, September 21, the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, the patronal feastday of the lesser altar in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City, Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.


Memory Eternal! - Archpriest Vincent Saverino reposed in the Lord - 09/20/18

SCHEDULE UPDATED On Thursday, September 20, following a long serious illness, pastor emeritus of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Philadelphia, PA, Archpriest Vincent Saverino reposed in the Lord. 


St. Nicholas Cathedral Parish School begins new academic year - 09/19/18

On Sunday, September 16, the 16th Sunday after Pentecost and on the feast day of the Venerable Prince Peter and Princess Febronia, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City, followed by petitions for unity of Holy Orthodoxy, blessed by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.


Bishop John serves at Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Moscow - 09/19/18

On Sunday, September 16, with the blessing of Hs Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and at the invitation of the parish rector, Archbishop Antony of Budapest and Vienna, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk served at the Divine Liturgy  in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Moscow.


Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the uncanonical intervention of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church - 09/14/18

With profound regret and sorrow the Holy Synod the Russian Orthodox Church learned about the statement made by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople concerning the appointment of its two “exarchs” to Kiev.


Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church from Sept. 8, 2018 - 09/09/18

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church expresses its resolute protest against and deep indignation at the communique published on September 7, 2018, by the Chief Secretariat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople...


Detroit Chapter of Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black celebrates annual Akathist - 08/31/18

On August 27, the Detroit Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black celebrated their annual Akathist at St. Innocent of Irkutsk Orthodox Church in Redford, MI.


Bishop John serves at Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Moscow - 08/26/18

On Sunday, August 26, with the blessing of Hs Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and at the invitation of the parish rector, Archbishop Antony of Budapest and Vienna, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk served at the Divine Liturgy  in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Moscow.


Divine Liturgy celebrated in Chapel of St. John of Kronstadt House of Mercy - 08/17/18

On Tuesday, July 14, with the blessing of Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA on the feast of the Procession of the LIfe-Giving Wood of the Cross of our Lord, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Chapel of St. John of Kronstadt in the House of Mercy in Brooklyn, NY...


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 08/15/18

On Tuesday, August 15, a meeting was held between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk in the Patriarchal Residence in Moscow.


Bishop John celebrates Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 08/12/18

On Sunday, August 5, the feast of the Pochaev icon of the Mother of God, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City.


Day of “Living History” celebrated in Fort Ross - 08/03/18

The day of "Living History", dedicated to the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ took place in Fort Ross, CA.


Bishop John celebrates Liturgy on Fourth Anniversary of Episcopal Consecration - 08/01/18

On Wednesday, August 1, the feast of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov and the fourth anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA,  Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Divine Liturgy on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - 07/29/18

On Sunday, July 29, the feast of the Fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop John celebrates Liturgy on the 1030 Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus' - 07/28/18

On Saturday, July 28, the feast of Holy Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop Flavian of Cherepovets and Belozersk represents Russian Orthodox Church at 19th All-American Council - 07/26/18

On July 23, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of all America and Canada officially opened the 19th All American Council of the Orthodox Church in America in St. Louis, MO. 


Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill & Holy Synod on the 1030th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ - 07/23/18

Today the plenitude of our Church is commemorating the Holy Grand Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, and recalling with gratitude how 1030 years ago...


Divine Liturgy on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - 07/22/18

On Sunday, July 22, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Patronal Feastday of Our Lady of Kazan parish on "Russian River" Celebrated in California - 07/22/18

On Saturday, July 21, the feast of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, the parish dedicated to the icon on the "Russian River" in California celebrated its patronal feastday.


Bishop Tikhon of Ivano-Frankovsk and Kolomyia reposes in the Lord - 07/14/18

On Saturday, July 14, following a lengthy illness, at the age of 71, Bishop Tikhon of Ivano-Frankovsk and Kolomiya reposed in the Lord. 


Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk appointed co-chairman of commission with Ethiopian Church - 07/14/18

On July 14,  during a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, a report was heard by the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the recent visit to Russia of the Patriarch-Catholicos of Ethiopia Abune Mathias...


Holy Synod approves text of Akathist to Venerable Herman of Alaska - 07/14/18

During a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the text of the akathist to Venerable Herman of Alaska was approved for church-wide and private use. 


Parishioners of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA perform pilgrimage to Holy Sites of the Western United States - 07/07/18

From July 18-30, with the blessing of Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, a pilgramige to the Holy Sites of the Western United States was held. 


Holy Protection Church in Mexico begins Restoration Work - 07/04/18

Following the devestating earthquake in Mexico in September 2017, the clergy and parishioners of Holy Protection Church began restoring their temple. 


Bishop John Serves at Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Moscow - 07/03/18

On Sunday, July 1, with the blessing of Hs Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and at the invitation of parish rector, Archbishop Antony of Budapest and Vienna, Divine Liturgy was served in the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Moscow.


The Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA visits Azerbaijan - 06/29/18

From June 19 to June 25, at the invitation of Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk visited the Diocese of Baku...


Restoration Continues in Holy Trinity Church - 06/27/18

In preparations for their parish centennial in 2019, Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD has begun the second phase of major renovations of the church interior.


Clergy of Atlantic States Deanery Convene in Philadelphia - 06/26/18

On Saturday, June 23 the clergy of the Atlantic States Deanery celebrated Divine Liturgy at St. Michael Church in Philadelphia, PA.


Bishop John Performs Diaconal Ordination on Third Sunday after Pentecost - 06/17/18

On Sunday, June 17, the Third Sunday after Pentecost, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop John Attends Reception for Day of Russia - 06/13/18

On Tuesday, June 12, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk attended a reception at the Representation of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York City. 


On the Sunday of all Saints of Rus', Bishop John Celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Demetrius Monastery - 06/10/18

On Sunday, June 10, the Sunday of all Saints Glorified in the Lands of Rus', the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy in St. Demetrius Monastery in Framingham, MA. 


Holy Trinity Chapel at Fort Ross celebrates Patronal Feastday - 06/05/18

On Monday, May 28, the day of the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity Chapel at Fort Ross celebrated its patronal feastday. 


Bishop John Meets with Rector of Holy Protection Church in Mexico - 06/05/18

 From May 1-4, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, the rector of Holy Protection Church in Mexico, Priest Kirill Chacon arrived in NY


The Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA attends consecration of Monument to St. Seraphim of Sarov - 06/04/18

On Sunday, June 3, a joyous feast was held at Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY. The feast of the Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God coincided with the Sunday of All Saints.


The Parish School of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral Concludes its Academic Year - 06/03/18

On Sunday, June 3, St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York hosted a graduation celebration for students of the parish school. The school has been operational for seven years. The festivities began with common prayer of teachers, children and their parents during the Divine Liturgy.


Bishop John Leads Divine Services for the Feast of Pentecost in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 05/27/18

On May 26-27, the feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles (Pentecost), the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop John Leads Patronal Feasday Celebrations in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 05/22/18

On Tuesday, May 22, the feast of the Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker to Bari, the clergy and parishioners of St. Nicholas Cathedral celebrated its summer patronal feastday.


Bishop John Leads Divine Services for the Ascension of our Lord in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 05/18/18

On Thursday May 17, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Services for the Ascension of our Lord in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


The Chairman of the Department for Institutions Abroad Meets with the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad - 04/30/18

On Monday, April 30, a meeting was held in the Synodal residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York and the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for Institutions Abroad, Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest. 


Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest Celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 04/29/18

On April 29, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, the chairman of the Department for Institutions Abroad, Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest Visits Florida - 04/29/18

From April 26 to 28, during his visit to the United States, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for Foreign Institutions, Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest visited the state of Florida.


The Chairman of the Department for Institutions Abroad Begins Work-Visit to the United States - 04/24/18

On Monday, April 23, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and all Russia, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for Institutions Abroad, Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest began a working visit to the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.


New York City: A Paschal Reception was held in the Consulate General of the Russian Federation - 04/21/18

On April 19, an official Paschal reception was held in the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York on behalf of the Consul General, Sergey Ovsyannikov and the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk.


Bishop John Celebrates Liturgy on St. Thomas Sunday - 04/15/18

On Sunday, April 15, the Second Sunday after Pascha, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral.


Bishop John Celebrates Paschal Divine Liturgy in St. Michael the Archangel Church - 04/14/18

On Bright Saturday, April 14, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Michael the Archangel Church in Philadelphia, PA.


Bishop John Attends Reception in Honor of Russian-American History Month in the State of New York - 04/12/18

On Thursday, April 12, an official reception was held in the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York City, honoring “Russian-American History Month” in the state of New York.


Holy Week & Pascha Across the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA - 04/09/18

During Bright Week, thе website of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA will be featuring photos of Holy Week and the celebration of the Bright Resurrection of Christ...


THE BRIGHT RESURRECTION OF CHRIST - 04/08/18

On April 8, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Services for the Great Feast of the Resurrection of Christ in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Paschal Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and all Russia - 04/07/18

Paschal Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monks and Nuns and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church...


Bishop John Celebrates Divine Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday - 04/07/18

On the morning of Great and Holy Saturday, and the feast of the Annunciation, April 7, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with the reading of the 15 Old Testament readings in St Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Leads Matins of Holy Saturday in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 04/06/18

On Great Friday evening, April 6, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Matins of Great and Holy Saturday in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Celebrates Vespers of Holy Friday in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 04/06/18

On the afternoon of Great and Holy Friday, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Great Vespers with the bringing-out of the Holy Plashchanitsa of Christ in St. Nicholas Cathedral.


The 12 Passion Gospels - Matins of Great and Holy Friday - 04/05/18

On April 5, the evening of Great and Holy Thursday, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels during the Matins of Great and Holy Friday.


On Great and Holy Thursday Bishop John Celebrates Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 04/05/18

On April 5, Great and Holy Thursday, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Leads Divine Services for Palm Sunday in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 04/01/18

On Sunday, April 1, the feast of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Services in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Celebrates Divine Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday - 03/31/18

On Saturday, March 31, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Leads Panihida for Victims of Kemerovo Fire - 03/27/18

On Tuesday March 27, the feast of the Theodore Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, led Matins and the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Bishop John Celebrates Presanctified Liturgy on Feast of 40 Martyrs of Sebaste - 03/22/18

On Tuesday, March 20 the Adminiistrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the divine services for the feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste.


Clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Attend Lenten Pastoral Retreat - 03/16/18

On Wednesday, March 14, the Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese and the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA concluded with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. In keeping with recent tradition, the retreat took place on the fourth week of Great Lent, following the Sunday of the Cross.


Bishop John Leads Divine Services for the Third Sunday of Lent in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 03/11/18

On Sunday March 11, the Third Sunday of Great Lent - the Veneration of the Life-Giving Cross, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Divine Liturgy on St. Theodore Saturday - 02/26/18

On Saturday February 24, the feast of Great Martyr Theodore of Tyro, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk served the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop Vikenty of Zlatoustovsk and Satkinsk Leads Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 02/25/18


Clergy of Eastern States Deanery Hold Meeting in St. John the Baptist Church - 02/25/18

On the First Sunday of Great Lent, the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the clergy of the Eastern States Deanery celebrated Sunday evening Vespers in St. John the Baptist Church in Little Falls, NJ. Upon its conclusion, the clergy gathered for a meeting to discuss pastoral and administrative issues facing the parishes. 


Bishop John Leads Rite of Forgiveness in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 02/18/18

On Sunday evening, February 18, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Rite of Forgiveness following the Vespers of Forgiveness Sunday. After the singing of the Great Prokimen, the bright vestments worn by clergy were changed to dark colors...


Bishop John Leads Divine Services for Forgiveness Sunday in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 02/18/18

On Sunday, February 18, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy on Forgiveness Sunday in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Extends Condolences to President Donald Trump on School Tragedy in Florida - 02/16/18

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his condolences to President of the United States, Donald Trump in connection with the tragedy at the high school in Parkland, Florida.


Bishop John Performs Priestly Ordination on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord - 02/15/18

On Thursday, February 15, the feast of the Meeting of the Lord, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore Hosts Pan-Orthodox Bible Bowl - 02/13/18

Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD hosted the 11th Annual Baltimore Orthodox Bible Bowl on Saturday, February 10. Orthodox youth in the Baltimore area gather for a friendly competition testing their knowledge of the New Testament.


Bishop Vikenty of Zlatoustovsk and Satkinsk Leads Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 02/12/18

On Sunday, February 11, the Sunday of the Last Judgement, while visiting the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop Vikenty of Zlatoustovk and Satkinsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


The Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Celebrates Divine Liturgy in Baltimore,MD - 02/11/18

On Sunday, February 11, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD.


St. Nicholas Parish in Brookside, Alabama Honors its Longtime Rector - 02/05/18

On Sunday, February 4, the Sunday of the Prodigal Sun and the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Church of Russia, the clergy and parishioners of St. Nicholas Church in Brookside, Alabama gathered to honor its longtime rector, Archpriest Benedict Tallant. 


Bishop Vikenty of Zlatoustovsk and Satkinsk Leads Divine Liturgy in San Francisco - 02/05/18

On Sunday, February 4, the Sunday of the Prodigal Sun and the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Church of Russia, His Grace Bishop Vikenty of Zlatoustovsk and Satkinsk led the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in San Francisco. 


Bishop John Leads Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Prodigal Sun - 02/04/18

On Sunday, February 12, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son and the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Church of Russia, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, led the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Visits Greek Monastery in Florida - 02/01/18

On Tuesday, January 30, while on an Archpastoral visit to Florida, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk visited the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Blachernae Icon of the Theotokos in WIlliston, FL. 


The Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Visited the Orthodox Senior Care Facility in Florida - 01/29/18

On Sunday afternoon, January 28, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA visited the Orthodox senior care facility in Florida, dedicated to the Holy Icon of the Theotokos "Rescuer of the Perishing." 


Bishop John Performs Archpastoral Visit to St. Gregory Church - 01/29/18

On Sunday January 28, the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy in St. Gregory the Theologian Church in Tampa, Florida. 


Registration for 2018 Lenten Clergy Retreat is Open - 01/23/18

Online registration for the 2018 Lenten Retreat for clergy of the Eastern American Diocese as well as the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA has opened on the  diocesan website. 


Bishop John Leads Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after Theophany - 01/21/18

On Sunday, January 21, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy for the Sunday after the Theophany in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Bishop John Performs Great Blessing of Water of the Atlantic Ocean - 01/19/18

At midnight, January 19, the Great Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA led the Great Blessing of Water of the Atlantic Ocean. 


The Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Leads Divine Liturgy for the Baptism of Christ in New York City - 01/19/18

On Friday, January 19, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Baptism of Christ in St. Nicholas Cathedral in NYC.


Bishop John Leads Divine Services for the Eve of the Baptism of Christ - 01/18/18

On Thursday, January 18, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the divine services for the eve of the feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.


Tradition of Serving Early Sunday Divine Liturgies in St. Nicholas Cathedral has Resumed - 01/17/18

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, the tradition of serving early Divine Liturgies in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City has resumed. 


Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ - 01/14/18

On Sunday, January 14, the feast of the Circumcision of Christ as well as the feast of St. Basil the Great, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral.


Traditional Nativity Reception Held in Consulate of the Russian Federation - 01/11/18

On Thursday, January 11, an official Nativity Reception was held in the Consulate of the Russian Federation in New York City, on behalf of Consul General Sergey Konstantinovich Ovsyannikov and the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk. 


The Feast of the Nativity of Christ in the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA - 01/08/18

On January 6-7, the clergy and faithful of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA prayerfully commemorated the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


The Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Leads Divine Services for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ in St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/07/18

On January 6-7, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the All-Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. 


Nativity Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia - 01/06/18

From the depths of my heart I congratulate you on the great feast of the Nativity of Christ – the feast of the birth in the flesh of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ from the Holy Spirit and Most Pure Virgin Mary. Today we call upon all people, together with the Church, to glorify the Creator and Maker with the words...


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MATTHEW

Bishop of Sourozh

Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA

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Bishop John Sends Condolonces to the Family of Archpriest Carlos Chacon - 08/25/17

In connection with the recent repose of Archpriest Carlos Chacon, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA expressed his condolences to the departed's family.

Paschal Epistle of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 04/29/16

Paschal Epistle of His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA to all the clergy and faithful children of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA. 

Nativity Epistle of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 01/06/16

“God is with us, understand, all ye nations!” These words of the liturgical hymn, hearkening back to the biblical prophecy of Isaiah about Emmanuel (cf. Is. 7, 14), have become for us a verbal icon of the Nativity Feast..