Flushing, NY: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the Divine Liturgy
on the 50th anniversary of Archpriest Alexei Ohotin’s ordination to
Saturday, September 25, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church
Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New
York, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Holy
Annunciation Church in Flushing, NY, on the occasion of the 50th
anniversary of the priestly ordination of the rector and Dean of New
York City, Archpriest Alexei Ohotin.
1960, Fr. Alexei was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Averky, and a
priest by Metropolitan Anastassy in St. Seraphim of Sarov Church in
Sea Cliff, NY.
the Divine Liturgy, the First Hierarch was co-served by His Grace,
Eastern American Diocesan Vicar Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, and a multitude
of diocesan clergy. During the Small Entrance, in accordance with
the resolution of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops, Metropolitan Hilarion
awarded Archpriest Alexei Ohotin the right to wear the second cross
for his fifty diligent years of service to Christ’s Holy Church.
Upon completion of
the Liturgy, the First Hierarch greeted Fr. Alexei and expressed his
sincere gratitude for the latter’s zealous and devoted service to
the Holy Church. A festal luncheon was then offered under the open
sky, during which many warm words and greeting were spoken. On behalf
of the Eastern American Diocese, diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge
Lukianov greeted Fr. Alexei and Matushka Tamara. Fr. Alexei thanked
all those present and shared some memories of his 50-year-long path in
the Church’s service.
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