Text: Archimandrite Gerasim (Eliel)
Photo: Vladimir Grygorenko, Nathan Hunsinger/Dallas Morning News and Restland Memorial Park
On March 4th–5th, 2016 with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, we will reinter the late Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas in the new Memorial Chapel at St Seraphim Cathedral, 4208 Wycliff Ave, Dallas, TX.
The services coincide with the Saturday for the Commemoration of the Reposed preceding the Sunday of the Last Judgment.
On Friday morning, March 4th, 2016 Archpriest Michael Storozuk will lead a Memorial Service [Pannikhida] at Restland Cemetery at the grave of Archbishop Dmitri. Then Restland Cemetery personnel will uncover the earthly remains of the late Archbishop Dmitri (Royster), placing them in a new coffin built by Archpriest Michael.
Then Restland Funeral Home will transport the body of Archbishop Dmitri from Restland Memorial Park to St Seraphim Cathedral, where His Beatitude TIKHON, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada, will meet the body of Archbishop Dmitri. A memorial litany will be served.
At 6:30 PM Vespers will be served. The new coffin with his body will remain in the Cathedral but will be closed and sealed.
Friday evening both clergy and faithful will have the opportunity to pray in the Memorial Chapel and read the Gospel. At approximately 7:30 PM a meal will be served for the guests and faithful in the Parish Hall.
Saturday morning His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, will preside at the Divine Liturgy in St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral.
The Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning, March 5th, 2016.
Following the Divine Liturgy a Pannikhida will be served, after which we will solemnly process around the cathedral and enter the prepared crypt in the Memorial Chapel. After the final litany, we will lower the coffin containing the body of Archbishop Dmitri into his final earthly resting place.
This re-burial or re-interment will conclude with the closing of the crypt with a temporary cover. A marble memorial ledger will be placed over his tomb at the beginning of the week. Texas-style hospitality will follow the festivities on Saturday.