(New Jersey – 9.19.05) On September 13th, 2005, Metropolitan Valentine arrived in New York and proceeded directly to the funeral home where the late Bishop Anthony was lying in state, and served a pahikhida together with ROAC clergy. Present at the pahikhida were relatives and friends of the deceased, as well as several clergymen from the ROCOR, in particular, Fr. Alexander Lebedeff, Fr. Peter Kholodny, and others. On the following day, September 1/14, 2005, Metropolitan Valentine performed the funeral service together with other ROAC clergy. When the funeral was finished, Metropolitan Valentine gave a short sermon, after which the coffin containing the remains of the deceased was carried out to the singing of “A helper and protector.” At the cemetery, Metropolitan Valentine the other clergy met the coffin with the remains of the deceased and escorted it to the place of burial. A short memorial service was served at the grave of the deceased, which was attended by relatives and friends of the deceased, as well as clergymen from the ROCOR. After the burial at Novo Diveevo Cemetery was ended, a mercy meal was offered in two halls of the Tolstoy Foundation. During the mercy meal, Metropolitan Valentine and Lazar Djurdjinovich gave speeches, which expounded on the life and work of the deceased. While at the Novo Diveevo Cemetery, Metropolitan Valentine served a panikhida for the repose of Bishop Gregory (Grabbe).
On September 17th, 2005, the All-night Vigil was served, and on the following day, the Divine Liturgy, during which Metropolitan Valentine elevated Igumen Andrew Maklakov to the rank of archimandrite, awarded the miter to Archimandrite Ephraem Bertolette, rector of St. Barbara’s Monastery, and elevated Fr. Fotios Roseboro to the rank of archpriest. After the Divine Liturgy was finished, a pahikhida was served for the repose of Metropolitans Anthony and Anastasy, Bishop Gregory, and the newly-reposed Bishop Anthony. The Divine Liturgy was attended by parishioners from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, France and Greece.
On September 19th, Metropolitan Valentine departed for Moscow. Pictures of the funeral are available at Archimandrite Andrei’s website: http://homepage.mac.com/frandrei/PhotoAlbum4.htmlNFTU