On Sunday, October 23, the clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA bade farewell to Archpriest Nikolai Babijtchouk who reposed in the Lord on October 19.
The evening prior, the funeral rite for a priest was served in the Church of All Saints who shown forth in the Russian Lands in Pine Bush, NY. On Sunday morning, the Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA celebrated the Divine Liturgy co-served by Abbot Nicodemus (Balyasnikov; dean of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City), Priest Mark Rashkov (Vice-Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes), Priest Artem Kulikovsky (parish rector) and Protodeacon Igor Panachev (cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral).
The church was filled with faithful, wishing to raise up their prayers to their newly-reposed pastor. Condolences were relayed on behalf of the Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, a litia was served after which Archpriest Nikolai was interred in the parish cemetery. A memorial repast was held in the parish hall.
Photos: A. Ozerov