On the weekend of June 28-29, Orthodox Christians converged on the Cathedral of our Lady “Joy of all Who Sorrow” in San Francisco, California for the celebrations dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of Glorification of St. John (Maximovitch), the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco. His Eminence Justinian, Archbishop of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA participated in the weekend’s festivities. Coinciding with the Anniversary of St. John’s Glorification was the Hierarchal Consecration of Archimandrite Nicholas (Olhovsky) as Bishop of Manhattan, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR.
On Saturday Evening, before the All-Night Vigil, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad led the Rite of Nomination of Archimandrite Nicholas. With the Blessing of the First Hierarch, Archbishop Justinian led the Litya during Great Vespers.
On Sunday Morning, Hierarchs, Clergy and faithful gathered in the very Cathedral that St. John himself was devoted to in completing. Metropolitan Hilarion was co-served by Hierarchs of the Church Abroad as well as guest Hierarchs: Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western-Europe, Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Bishop John of Caracas, Bishop George of Mayfield, Bishop Theodosius of Seattle, Bishop Panteleimon of Orekhovo-Zuevsk (Moscow Patriarchate), Bishop Jonah of Obukhov (Ukrainian Church- Moscow Patriarchate) and Bishop Nikolai (Soraich-Retired ROCOR).
Present at all Divine Services was the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God. Participants of the XIII All-Diasporan Youth Conference also dedicated to Anniversary of St. John.
During the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Nicholas was elevated to the episcopate. During the Divine Liturgy, the newly-consecrated Bishop Nicholas ordained cathedral Subdeacon Athanasius Furgeson to the diaconate. The newly ordained Deacon Athanasius will fulfill his service in Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Santa Rosa, CA.
At the Conclusion of the Divine Services, a procession took place around the Cathedral and upon its completion; Bishop Nicholas was presented with his Archpastoral Staff and blessed the faithful for the first time.
On behalf of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Eminence Archbishop Justinian presented Bishop Nicholas with a new Panagia.
O Holy Hierarch John, Pray unto God for us!