Jackson, New Jersey: Metropolitan Hilarion led the Divine Services for
the Feast of St. Vladimir in St. Vladimir Memorial Church
all-Russian celebration St. Vladimir's Day took place this year on
Sunday, July 26, in the Memorial Church to the Millennial of Russian
Christianity, in Jackson, NJ. St. Vladimir Church holds a special
place not only in our Diocese, but in all of the Russian Diaspora. As
in olden days, when the peoples of Novgorod, Kievan Rus and Muscovy
would unite around the great cathedrals of St. Sophia or the Dormition,
so would the Russian émigrés, in the years of revolution and world
war, unite around the Memorial Church of St. Vladimir, "chief
among the saints of Russia," the founder of Holy Russia and true
Russian culture. The former rector of St. Vladimir Church, long ago
reposed, said of the church – "This will be now not only a
memorial to the Baptism of Russia and a church dedicated to St.
Vladimir, but a uniting lighthouse that will point out the true path,
becoming a symbol of our national unity and spiritual rebirth."
feast was headed by the rector of the church, His Eminence Hilarion,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. On Saturday, July 25, in the lower
church of the Protection of the Mother of God, where the bodies of the
ever-memorable Archbishops Vitaly (Maximenko) and Nikon (Rklitsky) lay
at rest, a Liturgy for the Departed was served, in honor of all the
builders and founders of the church. That evening, on the eve of the
feast, many of the faithful gathered for the All-Night Vigil. Before
the service, Metropolitan Hilarion blessed a new parish icon of St.
Vladimir. Under the wings of the church, the festive singing of the
service to the Holy Fathers of the 6 Ecumenical Councils rang out;
present also at the service, having been brought from Holy Trinity
Monastery, was the miraculous icon of the Pochaevsk Mother of God. On
Sunday, the Divine Liturgy was served by His Eminence, Metropolitan
Hilarion, who was co-served by a multitude
of clergy. During the Liturgy, the First Hierarch performed
the ordination to the diaconate of Subdeacon Andrei Psarev, a
professor at Holy Trinity Seminary. After the Liturgy, a procession
took place, as well as the blessing of the waters under an open sky.
After the service, the protodeacon proclaimed a Synodal Gramota to Fr.
Boris and Matushka Kizenko on the 25th anniversary of their service
in St. Vladimir's Church. A festive banquet was later held in the
of the feast day.
Office of the Eastern American Diocese