Jordanville, New York, February 13, 2019
Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), the abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) was consecrated as the new ROCOR Bishop of Syracuse yesterday.
The ROCOR Synod of Bishops elected Fr. Luke on December 6, and his election was confirmed by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on December 28.
The services began with the nomination of Bishop-elect Luke on Monday night at Holy Trinity Monastery and the All-Night Vigil for the feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs. Fr. Luke was then consecrated the next day during the Divine Liturgy. Bishop Luke is the first ROCOR hierarch of Syracuse since His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, formerly the Bishop of Syracuse, became the First Hierarch of ROCOR in 2001.
The services were led by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, the First Hierarch of ROCOR, with the concelebration of His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, reports the site of the Eastern American Diocese.
In his address, the newly-consecrated Bishop Luke recounted his spiritual path that led him through seminary and life in the monastery to the episcopacy.
“I hope that, through the mercy of the Most Holy Trinity and by the prayers and intercessions of the Most Holy Mother of God, the Three Holy Hierarchs and all the saints, I will be given the strength to carry out this new obedience in a worthy manner, and that it will be to my salvation and the salvation of those for whom I must answer at the Dread Judgment, uttering the words of the Apostle, I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing (2 Tim. 4:7-8),” Bp. Luke said.
His entire address can be found on the site of the Eastern American Diocese.
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