Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Russian Orthodox Abbot funeral Friday

JORDANVILLE - Metropolitan Laurus Skurla, 80, died Sunday at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville.

He was the abbot of the monastery and first hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He was influential in the May 17 reuniting of the church outside of Russia with the church in Russia.

Skurla is lying in state at the monastery church and can be visited any day this week, the Rev. Roman Krassovsky said.

A divine liturgy will take place at 8 a.m. Friday followed by the abbot’s funeral at 11 a.m. in the main cathedral at the monastery in Jordanville, Krassovsky said. As many as 1,000 people are expected for the funeral – including bishops and dignitaries from all over the world, he said.

The general public is welcome to attend, but women are asked to wear skirts and head coverings, such as hats, handkerchiefs or scarves. Men are asked to wear dressy church clothes, he said.

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It is still often the practice and understanding of members of the Russian Orthodox Church for women to cover their heads during worship. As a conservative body which strives to live as closely to the scriptures as possible, the example in the matter of women covering their heads seems noteworthy.
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