Combined Choir sings at Joint Clergy Conference
On October 12, 2012, the Holy Trinity Seminary Choir and the St. Tikhon’s Seminary Mission Choir sang at a Vigil at the Novo-Diveevo Convent in Spring Valley, New York, in honor of the fifth anniversary of the miraculous streaming of myrrh of the Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God and also as a part of the Joint Clergy Conference of the Eastern American Diocese and the Moscow Patriarchate Parishes of the USA, held on October 11–13, in remembrance of the fifth anniversary of the reconciliation between the Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. HE Metropolitan Hilarion led the service, along with HE Archbishop Justinian, the administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes, and Their Graces, Bishops George and Jerome. Attending the vigil was also HE Metropolitan Pavel of Ryazan, the former administrator of the Patriarchal parishes, who came with blessings from HH Patriarch Kyrill.
The singing was shared between the two choirs, at times separately, and at times together. Reader Nicholas Kotar, a fourth year student, led the ten members of the Seminary Choir in singing the vigil. Joining them were several members of the Eastern American Diocese Youth Choir. Reader Benedict Sheehan led the St.
Tikhon’s Seminary Choir. This was the third official collaboration between the two choirs. The choirs previously sang together last February in Philadelphia for the performance of The Good Thief and then for the Memorial Day Weekend Pilgrimage at St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary.
Following the Vigil, Metropolitan Hilarion presented the members of the combined choir with copies of the Myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon.