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Monday, August 13, 2012

WR Conference 2012 a Great Success

above: Old Roman Rite Liturgy, August 9, 2012, in the borrowed Roman Catholic church at the Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center, Wappinger Falls, New York.

The RWRV (ROCOR Western Rite Vicariate) Conference 2012 has just ended. I was sent a number of photos from the Conference, which may be viewed here:

Metropolitan Hilarion, first hierach of the Russian Church Abroad, was with us for each of the four days of the Conference, as well as Bishop Jerome of Manhattan. This was a great blessing for everyone. I believe that the success of the Conference can be gauged by the fact that, after four days of a brutal schedule of four services per day, tightly sandwiched between mealtimes and work sessions, with scarcely an hour to call one's own, most or all of us were still full of energy on the last day, and were in fact disappointed the Conference was over too soon!

above: The reading of the holy Gospel, Fr. Deacon David Jackson of Putnam Valley, New York.

The sender of these photos intended to concentrate on the Aug. 9 Liturgy, I believe, but I eagerly awaiting photos from the other Liturgies, all of which were wonderful. Also, I anticipate receiving group photos from the Conference to post here.

The Conference fitted us, in a sober manner, to go and do evangelical work in the spirit of Christ and the Holy Apostles. May God bless our Western Rite clergy to fulfill such a lofty calling, for the salvation of as many as God may send to us.

above: Reader Nicholas brings the pax Icon out to be venerated by the faithful.

by Hieromonk Aidan+
a grateful participant

Hat tip: Fr. Wade Miller, photographer