Funeral Services for His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York

Source: ROCOR team | 24 May 2022

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, the monastic funeral of the newly reposed First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, was held in the Synodal Cathedral “of the Sign” in New York City.

His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany officiated the service, co-served by members of the Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America; His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada; His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America; His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan and His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe. Also taking part in the funeral rite were hierarchs of other Local Churches: His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of New York (Antiochian Archdiocese of North America), His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey (Orthodox Church in America), and His Grace Bishop Gedeon of Makarovka (vicar of the Kievan Metropolitanate, with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onouphry), as well as a multitude of clergy of the Russian Church Abroad and guests.

Earlier that day, Metropolitan Mark celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral “of the Sign,” with archpastors, representatives of Local Orthodox Churches, and many clerics taking part.

Condolences on the repose of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad were received from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Onouphry, His Eminence Metropolitan Jonathan of Tulchin and Bratslav, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica (Serbian Orthodox Church), His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian Archdiocese), and from a large number clergy and laity. They all speak of the reposed Metropolitan as a humble monk, a man of fervent prayer, a zealous server, and a good archpastor, in short, a true Christian. Condolence continue to be received.

Archpriest Victor Potapov (dean of the Capital Region Deanery) delivered the eulogy. Fr Victor and His Eminence were roommates and friends together in Holy Trinity Seminary, which they graduated together in 1972.

After bidding farewell to the First Hierarch of the Russian Church, the coffin carrying His Eminence’s body was taken to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, where on Sunday, May, 22, the feast of the Translation of the Relics of the Holy Hierarch Nicholas the Wonder-worker and the anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Anastassy (Gribanovsky; +1965), a solemn panihida was be served, followed by the monastic burial rite of Metropolitan Hilarion in the monastery brotherhood cemetery.

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