From Saturday the 11th to Monday the 13th of May, Holy Trinity Monastery marked its patronal feast day of Pentecost. The celebrations began on Saturday evening with the festal Vigil. Two Divine Liturgies were served on Sunday morning – the first in the lower church of St. Job of Pochaev, the second in the upper church of Holy Trinity Cathedral. Many of the faithful communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries during the divine services. The main Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop George of Mayfield. The Divine Liturgy concluded with the Great Vespers service and the Pentecost kneeling prayers.
Monday, the Feast of the Holy Spirit, took on special significance due to the participation in the festivities of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York. His Eminence was co-served at the Divine Liturgy by Bishop George, monastery rector Archimandrite Luke, and a multitude of priests and deacons of the Eastern American Diocese.
During the Small Entrance, Metropolitan Hilarion awarded Archpriest Michael Taratuchin (rector of St. John of Kronstadt Memorial Church in Utica, NY) the right to wear the palitsa. After the Great Entrance, the First Hierarch ordained Hierodeacon Anatoly (Zilin; cleric of Holy Trinity Monastery) a hieromonk, and after the Eucharistic Canon, ordained Subdeacon John Malcom to the diaconate. The newly ordained Deacon John will fulfill his service in the Church of the Entrance into the Temple of the Holy Virgin in Syracuse, NY.
After the Liturgy, a procession with moleben was held around the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Archimandrite Luke then invited the clergy and monastics to a reception in honor of the feast.