Traditionally, a multitude of the faithful come from
every corner of New Jersey and New York to St. Vladimir’s Mount on
this day. A great number of worshipers came to pray, filling the
at the feast was a copy of the miraculous Pochaev Icon of the Mother
of God, brought from Holy Trinity Monastery.
Also participating in the festal service were scouts
from the St. Alexander Nevsky Division of St. George Pathfinders of
America (SGPA), who accompanied the First Hierarch during the greeting
before the service and during the procession.
the Eucharistic Canon, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion elevated
Subdeacon Paul Drozdowski to the diaconate. During the communion of
the clergy, diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov delivered an
inspiring sermon dedicated to the memory of the builders of the
Memorial Church, Archbishops Vitaly (Maximenko) and Nikon (Rklitsky)
and to the rebirth of Holy Russia.
the Liturgy, a traditional procession was performed, culminating in
the lesser blessing of the water under an open sky. Upon completing
the blessing of the water, the First Hierarch greeted all those
present and underscored the special role of St. Vladimir Memorial
Church in the history of the Church Abroad. Vladyka greeted the newly
ordained Deacon Alexander Smida (ordained
July 24), and Deacon Paul, wishing them the help of God in their
future paths serving the Church.
Russian festival then began, while a festive banquet was held in the
parish hall. During the banquet, the parish children, dressed in
Russian costumes, presented a concert of Russian folk music.