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Brotherhood Lunch!

Mark your Calendars! On May 14th, after Divine Liturgy, the Parish Brotherhood will be welcoming you the Parishioners and the warm weather-spring, summer.... with a sumptuous BBQ!

"Strip Steak BBQ and Beer" - roasted vegetables, Ice cream, beverages and much fun!

Come and support the Parish!

$20/adult and only $7/child (10 years and younger!)

If you have any inquiries, please call Serge R. Lopoukhine (914 443-3758) or Mr. Maxime Kudinov ( 917 566-2302)


Holy Unction

On Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM, His Grace Bishop Nicholas will officiate the Service of Holy Unction. A Sisterhood Trapeza will follow the Service in the Church Hall.


The History of the Holy Icon:

In the 13th century, during the dreadful period of the Tartar invasion of Russia, the devastated province of Kursk was emptied of people and its principal city, Kursk, became a wilderness. Now, the residents of the city of Rylsk, which had been preserved from invasion, often journeyed to the site of Kursk to hunt wild beasts. One of the hunters, going along the bank of the river Skal, which-was not very far from ruined Kursk, noticed an icon lying face down on the ground next to the root of a tree. The hunter picked it up and found that it was an icon of the Sign, such as was enshrined and venerated in the city of Novgorod. Now, the icon's first miracle was worked, for no sooner had the hunter picked up the sacred image than there immediately gushed forth with great force an abundant spring of pure water. This took place on September 8th in the year 1295.
The hunter constructed a small wooden chapel and placed the newly manifested image of the Mother of God therein. The residents of Rylsk began to visit the place of the manifestation of this holy object and the icon was glorified by miracles more. Prince Vasily Shemyaka of Rylsk ordered that the icon be brought to the city of Rylsk itself and this was done in a solemn manner, for the people of the city went forth to meet the icon of the Mother of God; but Shemyaka himself declined to attend the festivities and for this reason was punished with blindness. The prince, however, repented and straightway received healing. Moved by this miracle, Shemyaka constructed a church in the city of Rylsk in honor of the Nativity of the All-Holy Theotokos, and there the miraculous icon was enshrined on September 8th, the day of its manifestation, appointed as the annual feast date.
But the icon vanished in a miraculous manner and returned to the place of its original appearance. The residents of Rylsk continually brought it back, but each time it returned to its former place. Then, understanding that the Mother of God was well pleased to dwell in the place of the manifestation of her image, they eventually left it there in peace. Innumerable pilgrimages streamed to the site and services of supplication were celebrated there by a certain priest whose name was Bogoliub and who dwelt at the site of the wooden chapel and struggled there in asceticism.
In the year 1383, the province of Kursk was subjected to a new invasion of Tartars. They decided to set fire to the chapel, but it refused to burn, even though they piled up fuel all around it, and so the superstitious barbarians fell upon the priest Bogoliub, accusing him of sorcery. The pious priest denounced their foolishness and pointed out the icon of the Mother of God to them. The malicious Tartars laid hold of the holy icon and cut it in two, casting the pieces to either side. The chapeI then caught fire and the priest Bogoliub was carried off a prisoner.
In his captivity, the God-loving elder kept the Faith, placing his hope on the all-holy Mother of God, and his hope did not fail him. Now, one day as he was guarding flocks and passing the time by singing prayers and doxologies in honor of the Mother of God, there passed by some emissaries of the Tsar of Moscow.
They heard this chanting, arranged to ransom the priest from captivity, and Bogoliub returned to the former site of the chapel. There he found the pieces of the miraculous icon which the Tartars had cast away. He picked them up and straightway they grew together, although the signs of the split remained. Learning of this miracle, the residents of Rylsk gave glory to God and to His all-pure Mother. Again, they attempted to transfer the holy icon to their city, but once more the miraculous image returned to its former place. A new chapel was then built on the original site of the icon's appearance and here it remained for about 200 years.
The city of Kursk was revived in the year 1597 at the command of Theodore Ivanovich of Moscow. This pious Tsar, who had heard of the miracles of the icon, expressed his desire to behold it, and in Moscow, the icon was greeted with great solemnity. The Tsaritsa, Irene Theodorovna, adorned the holy icon with a precious Riza. At the command of the Tsar, the icon was set in a silver-gilt frame upon which were depicted the Lord of Hosts and prophets holding scrolls in their hands. The icon was subsequently returned and, with the close cooperation of the Tsar, a monastery was founded on the site of the chapel. A church, dedicated to the Life-bearing Spring, was built above the same spring that had appeared when the icon was first revealed and the monastery attached to it was called the Kursk Root Hermitage in honor of the manifestation of the icon at the root of the tree.
During an invasion of Crimean Tartars, the icon was transferred to the cathedral church of Kursk, and an exact copy was left at the Hermitage. Tsar Boris Godunov bestowed many precious gifts for the adornment of the icon and even the pretender, the false Dimitry, who desired to call attention to himself and to win the support of those who lived near Kursk, venerated this icon and placed it in the royal mansions where it remained until the year 1615.
While the icon was absent from the city of Kursk, the grace-bearing aid of the Mother of God did not forsake that city, for when in the year 1612 the Poles laid siege to Kursk, certain of the citizens beheld the Mother of God and two radiant monks above the city. Captured Poles related that they, too, had beheld a woman and two radiant men on the city walls, and that this woman made threatening gestures at those who were conducting the siege. The citizens then made a vow to construct a monastery in honor of the all-holy Theotokos and to place the miraculous icon therein. The besiegers were quickly put to flight and in gratitude to their heavenly helper, the people of Kursk built a monastery in honor of the all-holy Theotokos of the Sign.
In 1676, the icon of the Mother of God of the Sign was borne to the Don River to bless the forces of the Don Cossacks. In 1684, a copy of the miraculous icon of the all-holy Theotokos of the Sign was sent to the Monastery of the Root by the sovereigns and great princes Ivan and Peter Alexievich. This copy was set in a silver-gilt frame and a command was made that this copy be borne wherever Orthodox warriors went into battle.
In the year 1812, the Kursk Civic Society sent to General Kutuzov a copy of the miraculous icon of Kursk, setting it in a silver-gilt frame. The commander expressed his gratitude to the citizens of Kursk and his belief that Kursk would remain free, thanks to the protection of the Queen of Heaven.
In March of 1898 a group of anarchists, desiring to undermine the faith of the people in the wonderworking power of the icon, decided to destroy it. They placed a time bomb in the Cathedral of the Sign, and at two o'clock in the morning a horrendous explosion rent the air and all the walls of the monastery were shaken. The frightened monastic brethren rushed immediately to the cathedral, where they beheld a scene of horrible devastation. The force of the blast had shattered the gilded canopy above the icon. The heavy marble base, constructed of several massive steps, had been jolted out of position and split into several pieces. A huge metal candlestick which stood before the icon and been blown to the opposite side of the cathedral. A door of cast iron located near the icon had been torn from its hinges and cast outside, where it smashed against a wall and caused a deep crack. All the windows in the cathedral and even those in the dome above were shattered. Amid the general devastation, the holy icon remained intact and even the glass within the frame remained whole. Thinking to destroy the icon, the anarchists had, on the contrary, become the cause of its greater glorification.
Every year on Friday of the ninth week after Pascha, the icon of the Sign was solemnly borne in procession from the Kursk Cathedral of the Sign to the place of its original manifestation at the Kursk Hermitage, where it remained until September 12. On September 13, it was again solemnly returned to the city of Kursk. This procession was instituted in the year 1618 in memory of the transfer of the icon from Moscow to Kursk and to commemorate its original appearance.
During the Bolshevik revolution, the icon was removed from the Cathedral of the Sign on April 12, 1918. Search was made for the icon but without result. The holy object was discovered under the following circumstances: Not far from the monastery there lived a poor girl and her mother who for three days had not had anything to eat. At that time, Kursk was controlled by the Bolshevik regime. On May 3, the girl, a seamstress, went off to the marketplace in search of bread. Returning home at about one o'clock in the morning, she passed by a well which, per tradition, had been dug by St. Theodosius of the Caves. There, on the edge of the well, she beheld a package wrapped in a sack, and when she opened it, in the package she found the sacred icon, which apparently had been left there by those who had stolen it.
At the end of October 1919, when the White Russian Army was evacuating the city of Kursk, twelve monks of the monastery transferred the icon to the city of Belgorod, from which it was again transferred, first to Taganrog and Ekaterinodar, and then to Novorossiisk. During the evacuation, with the permission of Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky who was then President of the Higher Ecclesiastical Administration in Southern Russia, the icon was taken aboard the steamship St. Nicholas by Bishop Theophan of Kursk on March 1, 1920, and was transported to the city of Thessalonica. On April 3, Bishop Theophan took the icon to the city of Pec, the ancient capital of Serbia. For four months, the icon remained in Pec, and in September, at the request of Baron Wrangel, it was returned to the Crimea. A year after departing from the city of Kursk, on October 29, 1920, the holy image against left its native land during the evacuation of the White Army and those Russian people who refused to submit to the Soviet regime. After arriving again in the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croatians and Slovenes, with the blessing of Patriarch Dimitry, the holy icon remained with Bishop Theophan in the Serbian monastery of Yazak on Frushkaya Mountain. From the end of 1927, the icon was to be found in the Russian church of the Holy Trinity in the city of Belgrade.
With the blessing of the Synod of Bishops, Bishop Theophan bore the icon around to various places where Russians of the diaspora dwelt. During World War II, when Belgrade was subjected to bombardment and other tribulations associated with the war, the miraculous icon became a rampart of hope for all that approached it with sincere prayer.
The steadfast companion of those Russian people who did not accept the satanic authority, this great and ancient holy object, which remained in Moscow during the dreadful turmoil of the 17th century, was removed from Yugoslavia in the autumn of 1944 together with those who again fled the godless regime. From ruined Vienna, the icon was borne to the tranquil city of Carlsbad to which the Synod of Bishops had been evacuated. With the approach of the Bolsheviks it was again transferred to Munich in the spring of 1945. The holy icon proved to be an unending consolation to many thousands of people who were experiencing all the trials and tribulations of the latter years of World War II. From Munich, the icon was borne to Switzerland, France, Belgium, England, Austria, and many cities and camps in Germany itself. Subsequently, the icon was transferred to the New World where it had its permanent residence first in the New Kursk Hermitage in Mahopac, N.Y., and then in the Synod's Cathedral Church of the Mother of God of the Sign in New York City, the residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. At present, by decree of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, a festival is held in honor of the icon at the New Kursk Hermitage in Mahopac, N.Y., on the Sunday nearest the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, and in the Synod's Cathedral of the Mother of God of the Sign in New York City on November 27/ December 10.In the 13th century, during the dreadful period of the Tartar invasion of Russia, the devastated province of Kursk was emptied of people and its principal city, Kursk, became a wilderness. Now, the residents of the city of Rylsk, which had been preserved from invasion, often journeyed to the site of Kursk to hunt wild beasts. One of the hunters, going along the bank of the river Skal, which-was not very far from ruined Kursk, noticed an icon lying face down on the ground next to the root of a tree. The hunter picked it up and found that it was an icon of the Sign, such as was enshrined and venerated in the city of Novgorod. Now, the icon's first miracle was worked, for no sooner had the hunter picked up the sacred image than there immediately gushed forth with great force an abundant spring of pure water. This took place on September 8th in the year 1295.
The hunter constructed a small wooden chapel and placed the newly manifested image of the Mother of God therein. The residents of Rylsk began to visit the place of the manifestation of this holy object and the icon was glorified by miracles more. Prince Vasily Shemyaka of Rylsk ordered that the icon be brought to the city of Rylsk itself and this was done in a solemn manner, for the people of the city went forth to meet the icon of the Mother of God; but Shemyaka himself declined to attend the festivities and for this reason was punished with blindness. The prince, however, repented and straightway received healing. Moved by this miracle, Shemyaka constructed a church in the city of Rylsk in honor of the Nativity of the All-Holy Theotokos, and there the miraculous icon was enshrined on September 8th, the day of its manifestation, appointed as the annual feast date.
But the icon vanished in a miraculous manner and returned to the place of its original appearance. The residents of Rylsk continually brought it back, but each time it returned to its former place. Then, understanding that the Mother of God was well pleased to dwell in the place of the manifestation of her image, they eventually left it there in peace. Innumerable pilgrimages streamed to the site and services of supplication were celebrated there by a certain priest whose name was Bogoliub and who dwelt at the site of the wooden chapel and struggled there in asceticism.
In the year 1383, the province of Kursk was subjected to a new invasion of Tartars. They decided to set fire to the chapel, but it refused to burn, even though they piled up fuel all around it, and so the superstitious barbarians fell upon the priest Bogoliub, accusing him of sorcery. The pious priest denounced their foolishness and pointed out the icon of the Mother of God to them. The malicious Tartars laid hold of the holy icon and cut it in two, casting the pieces to either side. The chapeI then caught fire and the priest Bogoliub was carried off a prisoner.
In his captivity, the God-loving elder kept the Faith, placing his hope on the all-holy Mother of God, and his hope did not fail him. Now, one day as he was guarding flocks and passing the time by singing prayers and doxologies in honor of the Mother of God, there passed by some emissaries of the Tsar of Moscow.
They heard this chanting, arranged to ransom the priest from captivity, and Bogoliub returned to the former site of the chapel. There he found the pieces of the miraculous icon which the Tartars had cast away. He picked them up and straightway they grew together, although the signs of the split remained. Learning of this miracle, the residents of Rylsk gave glory to God and to His all-pure Mother. Again, they attempted to transfer the holy icon to their city, but once more the miraculous image returned to its former place. A new chapel was then built on the original site of the icon's appearance and here it remained for about 200 years.
The city of Kursk was revived in the year 1597 at the command of Theodore Ivanovich of Moscow. This pious Tsar, who had heard of the miracles of the icon, expressed his desire to behold it, and in Moscow, the icon was greeted with great solemnity. The Tsaritsa, Irene Theodorovna, adorned the holy icon with a precious Riza. At the command of the Tsar, the icon was set in a silver-gilt frame upon which were depicted the Lord of Hosts and prophets holding scrolls in their hands. The icon was subsequently returned and, with the close cooperation of the Tsar, a monastery was founded on the site of the chapel. A church, dedicated to the Life-bearing Spring, was built above the same spring that had appeared when the icon was first revealed and the monastery attached to it was called the Kursk Root Hermitage in honor of the manifestation of the icon at the root of the tree.
During an invasion of Crimean Tartars, the icon was transferred to the cathedral church of Kursk, and an exact copy was left at the Hermitage. Tsar Boris Godunov bestowed many precious gifts for the adornment of the icon and even the pretender, the false Dimitry, who desired to call attention to himself and to win the support of those who lived near Kursk, venerated this icon and placed it in the royal mansions where it remained until the year 1615.
While the icon was absent from the city of Kursk, the grace-bearing aid of the Mother of God did not forsake that city, for when in the year 1612 the Poles laid siege to Kursk, certain of the citizens beheld the Mother of God and two radiant monks above the city. Captured Poles related that they, too, had beheld a woman and two radiant men on the city walls, and that this woman made threatening gestures at those who were conducting the siege. The citizens then made a vow to construct a monastery in honor of the all-holy Theotokos and to place the miraculous icon therein. The besiegers were quickly put to flight and in gratitude to their heavenly helper, the people of Kursk built a monastery in honor of the all-holy Theotokos of the Sign.
In 1676, the icon of the Mother of God of the Sign was borne to the Don River to bless the forces of the Don Cossacks. In 1684, a copy of the miraculous icon of the all-holy Theotokos of the Sign was sent to the Monastery of the Root by the sovereigns and great princes Ivan and Peter Alexievich. This copy was set in a silver-gilt frame and a command was made that this copy be borne wherever Orthodox warriors went into battle.
In the year 1812, the Kursk Civic Society sent to General Kutuzov a copy of the miraculous icon of Kursk, setting it in a silver-gilt frame. The commander expressed his gratitude to the citizens of Kursk and his belief that Kursk would remain free, thanks to the protection of the Queen of Heaven.
In March of 1898 a group of anarchists, desiring to undermine the faith of the people in the wonderworking power of the icon, decided to destroy it. They placed a time bomb in the Cathedral of the Sign, and at two o'clock in the morning a horrendous explosion rent the air and all the walls of the monastery were shaken. The frightened monastic brethren rushed immediately to the cathedral, where they beheld a scene of horrible devastation. The force of the blast had shattered the gilded canopy above the icon. The heavy marble base, constructed of several massive steps, had been jolted out of position and split into several pieces. A huge metal candlestick which stood before the icon and been blown to the opposite side of the cathedral. A door of cast iron located near the icon had been torn from its hinges and cast outside, where it smashed against a wall and caused a deep crack. All the windows in the cathedral and even those in the dome above were shattered. Amid the general devastation, the holy icon remained intact and even the glass within the frame remained whole. Thinking to destroy the icon, the anarchists had, on the contrary, become the cause of its greater glorification.
Every year on Friday of the ninth week after Pascha, the icon of the Sign was solemnly borne in procession from the Kursk Cathedral of the Sign to the place of its original manifestation at the Kursk Hermitage, where it remained until September 12. On September 13, it was again solemnly returned to the city of Kursk. This procession was instituted in the year 1618 in memory of the transfer of the icon from Moscow to Kursk and to commemorate its original appearance.
During the Bolshevik revolution, the icon was removed from the Cathedral of the Sign on April 12, 1918. Search was made for the icon but without result. The holy object was discovered under the following circumstances: Not far from the monastery there lived a poor girl and her mother who for three days had not had anything to eat. At that time, Kursk was controlled by the Bolshevik regime. On May 3, the girl, a seamstress, went off to the marketplace in search of bread. Returning home at about one o'clock in the morning, she passed by a well which, per tradition, had been dug by St. Theodosius of the Caves. There, on the edge of the well, she beheld a package wrapped in a sack, and when she opened it, in the package she found the sacred icon, which apparently had been left there by those who had stolen it.
At the end of October 1919, when the White Russian Army was evacuating the city of Kursk, twelve monks of the monastery transferred the icon to the city of Belgorod, from which it was again transferred, first to Taganrog and Ekaterinodar, and then to Novorossiisk. During the evacuation, with the permission of Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky who was then President of the Higher Ecclesiastical Administration in Southern Russia, the icon was taken aboard the steamship St. Nicholas by Bishop Theophan of Kursk on March 1, 1920, and was transported to the city of Thessalonica. On April 3, Bishop Theophan took the icon to the city of Pec, the ancient capital of Serbia. For four months, the icon remained in Pec, and in September, at the request of Baron Wrangel, it was returned to the Crimea. A year after departing from the city of Kursk, on October 29, 1920, the holy image against left its native land during the evacuation of the White Army and those Russian people who refused to submit to the Soviet regime. After arriving again in the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croatians and Slovenes, with the blessing of Patriarch Dimitry, the holy icon remained with Bishop Theophan in the Serbian monastery of Yazak on Frushkaya Mountain. From the end of 1927, the icon was to be found in the Russian church of the Holy Trinity in the city of Belgrade.
With the blessing of the Synod of Bishops, Bishop Theophan bore the icon around to various places where Russians of the diaspora dwelt. During World War II, when Belgrade was subjected to bombardment and other tribulations associated with the war, the miraculous icon became a rampart of hope for all that approached it with sincere prayer.
The steadfast companion of those Russian people who did not accept the satanic authority, this great and ancient holy object, which remained in Moscow during the dreadful turmoil of the 17th century, was removed from Yugoslavia in the autumn of 1944 together with those who again fled the godless regime. From ruined Vienna, the icon was borne to the tranquil city of Carlsbad to which the Synod of Bishops had been evacuated. With the approach of the Bolsheviks it was again transferred to Munich in the spring of 1945. The holy icon proved to be an unending consolation to many thousands of people who were experiencing all the trials and tribulations of the latter years of World War II. From Munich, the icon was borne to Switzerland, France, Belgium, England, Austria, and many cities and camps in Germany itself. Subsequently, the icon was transferred to the New World where it had its permanent residence first in the New Kursk Hermitage in Mahopac, N.Y., and then in the Synod's Cathedral Church of the Mother of God of the Sign in New York City, the residence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. At present, by decree of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, a festival is held in honor of the icon at the New Kursk Hermitage in Mahopac, N.Y., on the Sunday nearest the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, and in the Synod's Cathedral of the Mother of God of the Sign in New York City on November 27/ December 10.


Kursk Icon Arrives

Th Miraculous Icon will arrive our Parish on Saturday, March 25 at 9AM. A short molieben will be served at the beggining of the Russian School period. On Sunday March 26th, at the Divine Liturgy a General Molieben will be served.


Patriarch Kiril Celebrates his 70th Birthday

Our Father Igantius Green was invited to attend His Holiness Patriarach Kiril 70th Birthday. Father Igantatius cocelebrated the Divine Liturgy In Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

Included below is the video of the Divine Liturgy celebrated at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on the 70th Birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all of Russia. Our Father Ignatius Green co-celebrated with the clergy on that particular day. 

View the complete video (over 3 hours) of the Divine Liturgy. our Father Ignatius co celebrated (see video at 33 minutes and 22 seconds) with the Patriarchs of Alexandria, Jerusalem and Russia; Metropolitans; Archbishops, Bishops and Priests on this historic occasion!

In the video, you will hear very instructive Russian and English commentaries on the Orthodox Service, catechism, historical facts; and administrative issues. In my opinion, it is worth to listen and get to know more about our Faith!

 

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING WORKSHOP

Please Join us for a

GINGERBREAD HOUSE

DECORATING WORKSHOP

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Holy Virgin Protection Church Hall

51 Prospect Street, Nyack NY 10960

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12 Noon

Fee: $20.00

Reserve your space by contacting:

Irina Garfinkel: (201) 647-3095


HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE A LA RUSSE

Saturday November 19, 2016 : 10AM to 5:30PM

and 

Sunday November 20, 2016: 11:30AM to 4:30PM

HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION CHURCH HALL

51 Prospect Street, Nyack NY 10960

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Russian Food and Beverages

Russian Music

Russian Dances

 


Raising the Gold leafed Cross back to its place on the main Cupola

On October 30, 2016, after Divine Liturgy, the newly gold leafed seven-foot cross was transported from the Church Hall to the staging area. In October, under the leadership of Mr. K. Zaporoshan, a volunteer group of Parishioners, Raisa Stepanovna, Anastasia Lopoukhine, Matushka Catherine Larin and Marie Zaporoshan patiently gold-leafed the the cross that was taken down several months before.

A Moleben service was performed. The Cross was blessed with Holy Water and venerated by the Clergy and laity. An hour later, the crane arrived. Preparations went under way to raise the cross back to its original place atop the main Cupola of the Temple.

Mr. Kirill Zaporoshan, Mr. G. Gorsky and Mr. I. Pashenko undertook the final preparations. Mr. G. Gorsky was hoisted by the crane towards the Cupola and made the necessary preparations for hoisting the cross to its designated place - guide-line couplers, opening on the top of the cupola. Meanwhile Mr. I. Pashenko entered the Cupola to await the arrival of the cross and to guide the shaft to its proper place and the reconnecting of the lightning rod cable.

After the preliminary preparations were complete, Mr. G. Gorsky returned to the staging area and prepared the Cross with Mr. I. Pashenko for its ascension. The cross was wrapped with a soft cloth so as to not compromise the 24 KT gold leaf. Ropes were tied around the cross and the crane operator began raising the cross and Mr. G. Gorsky who with a two-way radio directed the crane driver to position the shaft of the cross into the cupola opening. Mr. I. Paschenko from inside the Cupola directed the insertion of the shaft to its position where it would be clamped down. The lightning rod and wire were also connected inside the Cupola by Mr. I. Pashenko. 

Finally, within an hour or so, the beautiful golden cross was back in atop the Cupola! 

October 30 2016: Raising the gold gilded cross to its place on the Temple's main cupola. - 10/30/16

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Cross Gilding Project

The Problem:

Several months ago, the main cross above our Church was taken down. Over time, the cross began to darken. The Parish Council members began to investigate how to correct the problem. Many suggestions were received. Consultants were invited to offer remedies. Prices ranged from $18,000 to $6,000.

The Proposed Solutions:

One of the alternatives was to purchase a new cross from Russia. Another suggestion was to bake a golden coating. Several Parish Council members investigated applying gold to the cross. Reasearch revealed a feasable approach. Instructions were received and videos were obtained as to how the gilding of the cross could be done. The video was reviewed by the Council and the gold gilding alternative was decided upon.

The Gold Purchase:

Now the task was to find a reliable source for the gold. Several companies were contacted. It was determined that the best and heaviest -24 Kt gold is sourced from either Italy or Germany and it was the quality we needed to use in the gilding project. Price was of course of paramount importance. Gold prices fluctuate on a daily if not on an hourly basis. A reliable supplier was found right next door, in Airmont NY. It was calculated that the cros will require one layer of the heavy gold foil and the total square area to be gilded was 3,000 square inches. The cost of the gold required was just over $1,000. Sizing and adhesive paint was also purchased for the application process. The cost was $1,175 and not the $18,000 or the $6,000 alternatives.

Application:

The application work was taken on by Mr. and Mrs. Zaporoshan, Matushka C. Larin and Mrs. A. Lopoukhine - after careful study of instructions and viewing videos on the intricacies of gold layering. The work was supervised by Mr. K. Zaporoshan. The process began by cleaning the cross from its darkened coating by sand blasting down to the bare aluminum metal. Next step was to buff and sand the aluminum to a near mirror-like finish. This was followed by applying  the sizing coating so adherence to aluminum would be enhanced. The adhesive material was applied and upon achieving a 'tacky' consistency, the gold foil was applied. The final step was to buff the gold layer and remove the loose gold particles.

Conclusion:

The golden cross will be allowed to set for a certain period of time and finally hoisted back to its original place on top of the cupola.  The total cost: $1,175 (gilding) + sand blasting $500 + crane rental $1,200 (cross removal and replace) = $2,875.

Cross gilding - 10/16/16

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2015 Holiday Boutique a la Russe

Here we go again! This is our 12th year and will be the best ever! Please come and Join us for the two days!

 

November 21 and 22nd!

Fantastic Russian Delicacies from Soups to mouth watering desserts. Russian Libation- Russian music- Russian dances. All in the spacious Church Hall located  at

51 Prospect Street, Nyack, NY.

Church Tour:

Join a group tour of the adjoining Russian Orthodox Church. Hear Orthodox Hymnology, see the Icons, murals and a talk on the symbolisms, icons, architecture and on Orthodox worship.

Come...Join us and experience

a warm Russian welcome!


PARISH FEAST DAY

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 9:30 AM, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion will arrive to our Parish to officiate the Divine Liturgy. Please come and Join us to meet the Bishop and join us in worship.

After the Divine Service, please join us in the Church Hall to partake of the Banquet.


Dear Parishioners and Friends,

 

Our Sisterhood of the Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack is once again seeking donations for our Rummage Sale Fundraiser to be held September 24, 25 & 26 from 10am - 5 pm daily. 

 

We thank you all for your donations for our previous two rummage sales this year in March and May 2015 which you all helped to make such a success.  The Sisterhood made close to $6,000.00 on these two sales and has thus decided to have another Rummage Sale in September. The money that we earned made it possible to replace our old stove in the chuch hall kitchen which leaked gas, and to to buy an additional oven to facilitate the preparation of prosphoras and the food we sell at our fundraising events. Currently we have many other needs to maintain our church and grounds, eg. repaving around the church, cement work and outside painting of the church.

 

We are once again asking you to please go through your attics, basements and closets to help us with this endeavor.  We are looking for donations of hosehold items, new & gently used clothing, toys books, furniture, electronics, etc..  "One man's trash is another man's treasure".  New and unused gift items are also welcome.

Please bring donated items in after church on Sunday's during the next 6 weeks beginning Aug 9 or on Saturday September 19th when our church school is in session.

We will be sorting and setting up beginning the week of Sept 21, 2015

Thank You!


Pontifical Liturgy on August 2nd, 2015

His Gace, Bishop Jerome will officiate Divine Liturgy on August 2nd, 2015 on the commemoration of the Prophet Elijah (Namesday of our Rector, Archpriest E. Gorsky). Please join us at 9:30 AM to meet His Grace.

 


It is with great joy we announce that on Our Parish Feast Day,the Intercession of the Holy Virgin or Pokrov of the Theotokos on October 14th, 2015 the Divine Liturgy will be officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion!


Feast of Saint John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco

For the Feast of St John Maximovitch, July 3/4, the Holy Virgin Protection Church, 51 Prospect St, Nyack, NY, will have the honor of having the staff of St John for veneration during the services. Vigil July 3rd at 6:30pm. Liturgy July 4th 8:30am.


Mitred Archpriest Father Larin named Rector Emeritus

Mitred Archpriest George Larin becomes Rector Emeritus of The Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church in Nyack, NY

This is the Announcement that appeared on the website of the  Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Website.

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, the fourth Sunday of the Paskha of Christ and the feast day of St Anastasios of Sinai, His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Vice Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, celebrated Divine Liturgy in Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, Protopriest Elias Gorsky, Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis and Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur. After the singing of “May the Name of the Lord be Blessed,” His Grace read a sermon on the Gospel reading and the life of Metropolitan Anastassy (Gribanovsky) of blessed memory, who was named after the saint celebrated on the day. This year, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will prayerfully mark the 50th anniversary of the death of this eminent hierarch of the Russian Church; he was the spiritual father of Holy Grand Duchess Elizabeth and a participant in the All-Russian Local Church Council of 1917-18, and the author of the rite of Patriarchal enthronement. After divine services, Bishop Nicholas read a decree From His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, Primate of the Russian Church Abroad: “Having read the appeal of mitred Protopriest George Larin and consenting with its contents, I hereby appoint Protopriest Elias Gorsky as Rector of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof (in accordance with the Normal Parish By-laws). Noting the strong bonds between Fr George, the clergymen and parishioners of Protection Church, I deem it proper to appoint him Rector Emeritus, so that his pastoral wisdom could be gleaned from in difficult matters of parish, the members of which should take special care of him, thereby expressing their fiial love and profound gratitude for his many years of devoted service to the Holy Church.” Giving the decree to Fr Elias, His Grace congratulated him on his new appointment and wished him, his family and parish blessed success and heavenly aid in serving God and mankind. Speaking of Fr George, who has served at this parish for over 46 years but is now hospitalized, Bishop Nicholas expressed the deep gratitude of the hierarchy to him, his wife, Catherine, and their entire family for their devotion, patience and many years of zealous service to the church, wishing them the all-powerful aid of God in their work to benefit Protection Parish, as well as good health and boldness of spirit. After a luncheon organized by the parish sisterhood, a general parish meeting was held, presided over by Bishop Nicholas. That evening Vladyka Nicholas visited Fr George in the hospital. Some of the members of the Synod of Bishops, which is convening this week in New York, will visit Fr George and congratulate him on his namesday, which falls on Wednesday.


Pontifical Divine Liturgy and General Parish meeting

May 3, 2015 Sunday of the Paralytic

 His Grace, Vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will officiate the Divine Liturgy. Please join the clergy in meeting His Grace at 9:30AM. The Sisterhood will prepare a parish meal in the Church Hall for all worshippers.

Also, at 1:00 PM His Grace will preside over the Parish General Meeting. All Parish paying (voting) members are urged to attend this important meeting. the Agenda for this meeting is as follows:

  1. General Report on the Parish activities - Father E. Gorsky
  2. Annual Sisterhood Activity Report - Mrs. A. Lopoukhine
  3. Parish School Activity Report - Father Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky
  4. Treasurer's Annual Report - Mr. S. R. Lopoukhine
  5. Auditor's Annual Report - Mr. J. Kollar
  6. Election of Parish Council Members
  7. Election of Audit Committee members
  8. Other issues

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

Our Parish Sisterhood will sponsor another

Rummage Sale this Spring.

You are all invited to go through your closets, basements and attics to help with this endeavor.

Our sisterhood was so successful this past Spring with the last one between two snow storms, we are scheduling this Rummage Sale with better weather in mind! We cannot do this fundraiser without your donated items.

Your trash becomes another's treasure, and new unused gifts are a welcome addition to our sale.

The dates are June 11, 12, and 13.

Sale will be from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Your donated items are to be brought in during the next 5 weeks beginning May 3.

We will sort through them beginning the week of June 8, 2015

For more info call: Mrs.. Anastasia Lopoukhine. 1 845 294 2780. Mrs. Gloria Clark 1 914 432 8932


Father George is now home!

He is recuperating from his two major surgeries in the comfort and familiar surroundings of  home

Let us continue to pray for his continuing improvement

 


HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION CHURCH Sisterhood is planning a

Fundraiser/Rummage sale

on

March 5, 6, 2015: Times: 10 AM - 5 PM

March 7, 2015 Times: 9 AM - 5PM

 

Please bring in any slighlty used items to the Church Hall on:

February 28 ( 9AM - 1PM)

& March 1 After Liturgy

also on March 2,3,4 between 11 AM and 3 PM

Address all inquiries to Anastasia Lopoukhine: 845 294-2780

 

 


Annual Maslenitsa-Blini Banquet

February 20, 2015
February 20, 2015
February 20, 2015
2015 Maslenitsa- Blini Banquet

Once again the Parish f the HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH is hosting its Annual Maslenitsa - Blini Banquet.

The event will take place on February 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM and Dancing to a live Orchestra until 1 AM

PRICE: $65.00 per erson

Place your orders early-no sale at the door.

For information: please call Mrs. Cassie Vursta : 845 641-4216

e-mail: CASSIE.VURSTA@GMAIL.COM

 

(Please enlarge above photo-print-cut out bottom portion and mail in your order no later than 2/6/15 to:

Mrs. C. Vursta, P.O. Box 839, Nyack, NY 10960)

 

 


His Grace Bishop Nicholas will officiate the Divine Liturgy

 

His Grace Vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will officiate the Divine Liturgy on January 11th, 2015 (Sunday after Nativity and the Commemoration of Righteous Joseph, King David and Bother-of-Christ James). The meeting of the Bishop is scheduled for 9:30AM.

His Grace will also attend the Nyack Parish School Elka (Christmas pageant) in the afternoon.


2014 RUSSIAN BOUTIQUE

2014 Russian Boutique

Kudos to all who organized, worked and supported our event. It appears it was one of the best ever! Financially speaking, we are in the process of tabulating our income and expenses. We will be back to report our net profit for the Church.

I have included a scanned image of the wondereful letter sent today by our Rector (nastoyatel'), Archpriest George Larin to Mrs. Gloria Clark (see above). As most of you know, Gloria was the talented Chairwoman of the event. Thanks to her planning, effective interaction and infectious enthusiasm resulted in part to this success.

The crowds were the biggest ever. Some of the Church tours were attended by groups up to seventy five interested guests! Some of the tours lasted in excess of two hours! Many questions were asked about the Orthodox faith, its history, church symbolisms, iconography, architecture, iconic murals -old and new Testaments, iconostasis, church structure and design. Most of the visitors left our Temple expressing awe at the beauty of our Church and the feeling they felt while standing in the presence of the Saints, Christ, Theotokos and the holy Icons. Many expressed the desire to attend one of our services. To that end, many took our Service Schedule page. We hope to see them!


His Grace Bishop Nicholas in Nyack for our Church's Feast Day

Parish Feast Day: October 14, 2014

His Grace, Vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will officiate the Divine Liturgy on the Parish Feast Day - the Protection of the Holy Virgin, Wednesday, October 14, 2014. Meeting of His Grace will be at 9:30 AM. Everyone is invited. Please come and join us!

The Sisterhood is inviting all to join His Grace and the clergy for a bountiful Trapeza immediately following the Holy Service and crucession (weather permitting!) in the adjoining Church Hall.


Bishop Jerome officiates the Divine Liturgy

August 17, 2014-Pontifical Liturgy

His Grace Bishop Jerome will officiate the Divine Liturgy at the Nyack Parish of the Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church on August 17th, 2014, the 10th Sunday after Pentecost: Commemoration of the Holy seven Youths of Ephesus. The meeting of Bishop Jerome is scheduled for 9:30 AM.


RussianFest 2014

RussianFest 2014

Please join us for Ethnic Food & Barbacue! Traditional Folk Dance! Kids Activities! Folk Singing! and Beverages!

Rodzianko Suit was dismissed by the NY Appelate Court

The New York State Appelate Court ruled today, May 7, 2014 that New York State Supreme Court ruled correctly on August 22, 2012, claiming the the Plaintiff (O. Rodzianko) did not have proper proof or lack of subject matter jurisdiction and thus dismissed the complaint. I enclose below the legal document from the Appelate Court describing cause of ruling. Further legal investigation may proceed to possibly recoup legal costs.

NY Appelate Court upheld the Rockland County Court Ruling

Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department

D41456 O/hu

AD3d Submitted - March 21, 2014

WILLIAM F. MASTRO, J.P. CHERYL E. CHAMBERS PLUMMER E. LOTT COLLEEN D. DUFFY, JJ.

2012-09981 DECISION & ORDER

Oleg Rodzianko, appellant, v. Parish of the Russian Orthodox Holy Virgin Protection Church, Inc., respondent.

(Index No. 31467/12)

Robert J. Prier, Nyack, N.Y., for appellant.

Richard Mongelli, New York, N.Y., for respondent.

In an action, inter alia, to permanently enjoin the defendant from taking any further steps to merge or consolidate with the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, on the ground that doing so would violate the defendant’s certificate o of incorporation, the plaintiff appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Rockland County (Berliner, J.), dated August 22, 2012, as granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(2) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.

The plaintiff asserts that the defendant violated, “Paragraph SECOND” of its certificate of incorporation, which states, in pertinent part:

“the corporation shall maintain no relations whatsoever with any ecclesiastical officers or organizations within the boundaries of or subject to the jurisdiction of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or any of its satellite states, so long as the said Union, or any of its satellite states, are ruled by Communistic authorities.”

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant’s adherence to certain “Acts of Canonical Communion” with the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church based in Russia, that were passed in 2007 by the defendant’s church hierarchy, amounts to a violation of “Paragraph SECOND” of its certificate of incorporation because, despite the 1991 breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, its replacement, the Russian Federation, is still allegedly ruled by communistic authorities. Thus, the plaintiff sought, inter alia, to permanently enjoin the defendant from taking any further actions to merge with the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church based in Russia. The defendant moved pursuant to CPLR3211(a)(2)to dismiss the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court granted the motion.

May7, 2014 Page 1. RODZIANKO v PARISH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION CHURCH, INC.

“The First Amendment forbids civil courts from interfering in or determining religious disputes, because there is substantial danger that the state will become entangled in essentially religious controversies or intervene on behalf of groups espousing particular doctrines or beliefs. Civil disputes involving religious parties or institutions may be adjudicated without offendingtheFirstAmendmentaslongasneutralprinciplesoflawarethebasisfortheirresolution” (Matterof Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar,Inc. v Kahana, 9NY3d282,286 [citation omitted]). Here, the claims asserted by the plaintiff are non justiciable, as they cannot be resolved based on neutral principles of law. Rather, resolution of the issues raised would necessarily involve an impermissible inquiry intoreligious doctrine or practice (id.at286-287;see Drake v Moulton Mem. Baptist Church of Newburgh, 93 AD3d 685, 686).

Accordingly, the Supreme Court correctly granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(2) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

MASTRO, J.P., CHAMBERS, LOTT and DUFFY, JJ., concur.

ENTER:

Aprilanne Agostino Clerk of the Court

May7, 2014 Page 2. RODZIANKO v PARISH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION CHURCH, INC.

 


Pontifical Liturgy: Myrrh Bearing Women Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pontifical Liturgy

His Grace Bishop Jerome, will officiate The Divine Liturgy Service on May 4, 2014 - Myrrh Bearing Woman Sunday. This is the Patronal Feat of the Parish Sisterhood.

Please come early so that we may be together to meet our Bishop. His anticipated arrival time is 9:30 AM

 


Breaking of the Fast

Breaking the Fast!

On Easter Day, April 20, 2014. Registered Parishioners and guests will break the Great Fast in the Church Hall after Paschal Matins and the Divine Liturgy of St. John of Chrysostom.

Those of you who have not signed up and want to join us, please call Matushka Irina Gorsky at 845 326-6036.

 


Sale of Kulichi in the Church Hall beginning on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014. Please call the Bookstore, Ms. M. Zaporoshan. 201 891-0594 , ce3ll (201) 965-0105 or. Mrs. Anastasia Lopoukhine- Elder Sister . 845 294-2780.

 


Holy Unction: April 13th, 2014

On Palm Sunday, April 13th, 2014, His Grace Bishop Jerome will officiate the Sacrament of Holy Unction at 4PM. All are welcome from nearby Parishes to join us and be part of this Holy Service.

The Sisterhood, as always invites the clergy and worshippers to partake of the trapeza immediately following the Service in the Church hall.


Sad Announcement

In the early morning hours of February 10th 2014, Nikolai Alexeevich Lopuchin has reposed in the Lord. Nikolai Alexeevich was an integral part of the Parish and became a member when the Nyack Church was established in the late 1950's. He was always available and eager to help and work for the beautification of the Holy Temple.

In his later years, he took on the great obedience of being the Warden (Starosta) of our Parish. He served faithfully in that capacity for 38 years! Due to ill health, he relunctantly relinquished this post only a few years ago.

Panihidas will be served on February 10 and 11th at 6:30PM at the Holy Virgin Protection Church. The funeral will be officiated on Wednesday, February 12th at 10AM.

Memory Eternal!

Blini 2014

Blini Banquet 2014 Invitation

The Parish of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church is happy to announce our annual 2014 Blini Banquet.

 This year the Annual event will take place on Friday, February 28, 2014

51 Prospect Street, Nyack, NY 10960.
The festivities will begin at 7 pm and Dancing to live orchestra til 1am.
Price:  Regular Tickets - $75.00; Student Tickets - $65.00 per person

 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Print out registration (click on this link to download the form)

Pay via PayPal using "Add to Cart" buttons below

Send the completed form to:

Mrs. Cassie Vursta - (845) 641-4216
cassie.vursta@gmail.com

*Deadline for ticket sales is February 18, 2014

Regular Tickets:

Student Tickets:



Cannot attend? Please support our long running tradition! Donate here:

Website Statistics Analysis

The Analysis

Since 2008, our website was viewed 5,613,602 times (hits)! The most hits occured in 2010 (1,074,410) and 2012 (1,073,074). Ninety two percent (92%) of the hits were from United States residents. South Africa came in second at two percent (2%). Russia came in only at a half of a percent (0.5%).

The frequency of visits appears to be a direct corollary with the number of novel entries on the website. This is especially true when the entries are complemented with photographs.

Let us analyze the entries for year 2010:

  1. 2/14/10- Article was posted on Saint Andrew of Crete and his Great Canons.
  2. 2/14/10- photos of Parish Maslenitsa was posted in the Photo gallery
  3. 99,700 hits in February 2010 alone.
  4. 6/17/10- a link was established on our website to ANCIENT FAITH RADIO
  5. 10/13/10- a new Category was established on the website" Russian Bazaar and Blini
  6. 10/16/10- Church Feast Day-POKROV, photographs were posted on the website
  7. 11/10/10- Holiday Boutique Announcement posted.
  8. 11/19/10- 1976 photos of the Church Cupola reguilding was posted.
  9. 124,374 hits in November 2010 alone. ( I presume that many website visits were due to inquiries as to the dates of the Boutique event.)
  10. 12/1/10- Photos of Boutique posted.

In order for the Parish to boost the activity of its website, we need to increase the posting of interesting items, events, photos on the website. I suggest that if any of you have interesting articles, parish photos or any other items pertaining to the Nyack Parish, please advise the Website Administrator, Mr. S. R. Lopoukhine of such potential entries.

 

 


H.I.H. Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia visits our Parish

On December 11th, Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, Head of the Russian Imperial House (Great-great-grandaughter of the Russian Emperor Alexander II - The Liberator) came to our Parish, the Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church in Nyack. Her Highness was accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (ROCOR); Archpriest Serafim Gan, Synod Chancellor and Rector of St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church (Sea Cliff NY); Dr. Alexander Nikolaevich Zakatov, Cabinet Director of Her Imperial Highness and Mr. Sergei Zhohov, organizer of the visit.

Her Imperial Highness was welcomed by our Archpriest Father George Larin. Our Church, Hall and school was shown to the visitors. Her Imperial Highness awarded Father Larin with the medal commemorating the 400 year Romanov Dynasty. The award was in recognition for his long service to the Orthodox Church and as Director of the largest Russian school on the East Coast where the Russian Culture is being preserved. Her Imperial Highness had the opportunity to view the Icon murals restoration and speak with the talented icon restorer, Ms. Ekaterina Piskareva.

Her visit concluded with a delicous meal prepared by Matushka Ekaterina Larin and assisted by Parish Elder sister, Mrs. Anastasia Lopoukhine.


Celebration in our Parish

Yesterday, during and after the Divine Liturgy, our Rector, Archpriest George Larin was recognized by the Parishioners and Clergy for his constant spiritual leadership of our Parish. On December 29 will mark his 45th year anniversary into the diaconate and a year later into the Holy Priesthood. The choir along with the Parishioners and clergy prayed to God to sustain our much loved Batiushka for Many Years!
 
Then on the 10th of December, during the Pontifical Liturgy at Synod, Archpriest George Larin was granted by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the Order of the Kursk Icon Third Class for his long service at God's Altar.
 
May the Lord grant you MANY YEARS, MNOGAYA LETA!!

Reader Andrew to deliver a lecture

Talk: Paremia Readings during the Vespers service of the Nativity of our Lord

Reader Andrew Temple

 

Reader Andrew was raised in the Orthodox Church at Holy Dormition Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport, PA. He studied engineering in college and worked as an engineer before attending seminary full-time. In the fall of 2007 he began theological studies at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary as a part-time student in the diaconal formation program. After completing the program he enrolled as a full-time student in January of 2010 and earned the Master of Divinity degree in May of 2012. Before attending seminary full-time, he was a member of St. Elizabeth the NewMartyrChurch in Rocky Hill, NJ and served as a reader and choir member.

 

Reader Andrew’s particular interest is the use of Scripture in worship and his studies at St. Tikhon’s included a thesis titled “An Analysis of the Old Testament Readings Used as Paremia for the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church.” He is currently continuing his studies at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in the Master of Theology program, with a thesis focusing on the Old Testament readings for Holy Saturday.

 

Reader Andrew Temple will be conducting a series of talks on the Old Testament Readings at Vespers (Paremia) for the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church. These talks will occur following the Sisterhood lunch on a series of Sundays after Liturgy, approximately at noon at the Holy Virgin Protection Church Hall, 51 Prospect St., Nyack, NY. The talk is scheduled for Sunday, November 17th, 2013.

The following Paremias will be discussed:

 

First Reading – Book of Genesis

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13And the evening and the morning were the third day. (Genesis 1:1-13 KJV)

 

Second Reading – Book of Numbers

2And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. 3And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 5How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 6As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. 7He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. 9He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee. 17I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 18And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. (Numbers 24:2-3,5-9,17-18 KJV)

 

Third Reading – Prophecy of Micah

6In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; 7And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. 2But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. 3Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. 4And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. (Micah 4:6-7; 5:2-4 KJV)

 

Fourth Reading – Prophecy of Isaiah

1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. 10And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:1-10 KJV)

 

Fifth Reading – Prophecy of Jeremiah

36This is our God, and there shall be none other reckoned in comparison with him. 37He has found out all the way of knowledge, and given it to Jacob his servant and Israel his beloved. 38After this he appeared on earth and lived among men. 1This is the book of the commandments of God, and the law which exists for ever; all those who keep it fast will have life; but those who abandon it will die. 2Turn back Jacob, and lay hold of it, walk in the presence of its light to be illumined. 3Do not give your glory to another, and what is profitable to you to a foreign nation. 4O Israel, blessed are we: for things that are pleasing to God are made known unto us. (Baruch 3:36-38, 4:1-4 LXX)

 

Sixth Reading – Prophecy of Daniel

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, 31‘You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was lightening. 32The head of this image was of pure gold, its hands, breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34As you looked, a stone was cut out from a mountain by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces; 35then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. 44The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall this kingdom be left to another people. It shall crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever; 45just as you saw that a stone was cut from the mountain not by hands, and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The great God has informed the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation trustworthy.’ (Daniel 2:31-36,44-45 LXX)

 

Seventh Reading – Prophecy of Isaiah

6A child has been born for us, a son has been given to us; whose government is upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Angel of Great Counsel, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Potentate, Prince of Peace, Father of the age to come.’ 7For I will bring peace upon princes, peace and health to him. Great his government, and of his peace there is no bound, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with judgement and with justice from henceforth and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 LXX)

 

Eighth Reading – Prophecy of Isaiah

10The Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, 11Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. 13And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. 16For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 1Moreover the Lord said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz. 2And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. 3And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz. [Quickly plunder, rapidly pillage] 4For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria. 9Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. 10Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. (Isaiah 7:10-16, 8:1-4,9-10 KJV)

 

 


October Sisterhood Meeting

The Sisterhood meets

On October 20th, 2013 after the Sunday Luncheon, the dedicated sisters of the Parish came together to discuss current and future plans on how to help the needy and raise the much needed funds for their benevolent projects.


Trapeza after Sunday Liturgy

Sunday Lunches

The Sisterhood is pleased to announce that Sunday lunches after the Divine Liturgy will begin on October 20th, 2013. But Help is needed to prepare these lunches. Be an active sisterhood member and sign up with the elder sister, Mrs. Anastasia Lopoukhine or Matushka Catherine Larin and join those who prepare these trapezas. The meals are nomily priced and the proceeds go to the Sisterhood account to be used in maintaining the beauty of the Church and assisting the needy.

During such meals we have the opportunity to meet, share and feel that we are part of our close knit Parish family.  So come and enjoy a delicious lunch, comarederie AND please join the 'trapeza chefs'.

Come and help the Sisterhood, Church and the needy!


Russian Boutique

Once again the Parish will be hosting a Russian Boutique event. Preparations by the committees have already begun. The event will be held on Saturday, November 23rd from 10AM until 5:30 PM and Sunday, November 24th from 11;30 AM noon until 5:30 PM.

Mark your calendars accordingly and come join us to enjoy Russian delicacies, culture, dance and music. There will be arts and crafts vendors from the local area as well. Also church tours will be conducted each day, discussing the architecture, iconography, murals, Orthodox faith and service structure.

Hope to see you then!


Metropolitan Hilarion to officiate the Divine Liturgy

Intercession of the Theotokos - October 14, 2013

      God Willing, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion will officiate the Divine Liturgy on our Church's Feast day, the Protection or the Intercession of the Mother of God (Theotokos). Please come all and be with us to greet our Hierarch at 9 AM on Monday, October 14th. In addition, we will be blessed with the arrival of the 700 year-old Holy and Miracle-creating Kursk Icon of the Theotokos . Also please come and pray with us on that day as well as on Sunday evening for Vigil with the augmented prayer (Litia).

      After the Divine Liturgy service, you are all welcome to come to the Church Hall and partake of the Banquet aptly prepared by the Parish Sisterhood.


Icon Restoration Project Continues...

The two above photos show the deterioration of the murals. The original icon murals - half a century old - have been affected by time, humidity and other negative elements. The paint has cracked and peeling - showing the white plaster... Ms. Ekaterina Piskareva, the Icon Restorer needs to address and rectify this major problem before proceeding with the repainting of the mural icons. This, as you can imagine is a painstaking and time consuming process. However, those of us who frequent our Holy Temple on a regular basis, have already seen and enjoy the restored murals in the back (western part) of the Nave where the icons depict major events desccribed in the Old Testament. 

The photos below show the restored icon murals.

Now Ms. Ekaterina Piskareva has moved on with her restoration to the front half of the Nave of the Holy Temple. In this part of the Church, the Icons on the walls depict the major events (Feasts) of the New Testament. The scaffolding has been erected right up to the ceiling - just below the Icon of the Holy Trinity. The photos below show the talented and meticulous Icon painter restoring the Icon of the Pentecost. Note how the blue background has been restored. The photographs show a dramatic difference between the restored blue backround of the icon mural as compared to half century old darkened mural.


Third Sunday After PASCHA....

Myrrh Bearing Women Sunday

On May 19, 2013 - His Grace Bishop Jerome of Manhattan will officiate the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church in Nyack. This is the Feast Day of the Parish's Sisterhood. After the Divine Liturgy, a bountiful Trapeza will be served for all the worshipers- clergy and laity alike! All are welcome!


SACRAMENT OF HOLY UNCTION

Sacrament of Holy Unction

On April 28th at 4PM, His Grace Bishop Jerome of Manhattan will officiate the Sacrament of Holy Unction in our Holy Temple. All are welcome to partake of the healing Sacrament.

After the Service, the Sisterhood is inviting all worshipers and Clergy to dinner at the Church Hall.


Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting

On March 24th at 1:00PM in the Church Hall, the mandated Annual Parish Meeting will be held. Parishioners are urged to attend. Only parishioners who have paid up their dues in accordance with the Church By-Laws ( See same on this website - last category) are eligible to vote on issues brought to a vote at this meeting.


21st Century Maslenitsa - Blini Banquet

Blini Banquet 2013 Invitation

The Parish of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church is happy to announce our annual 2013 Blini Banquet.

 

This year the Annual event will take place on Friday, March 15, 2013


51 Prospect Street, Nyack, NY 10960.
The festivities will begin at 7:30 pm and Dancing to live orchestra til 1am.
Price:  Regular Tickets - $65.00; Student Tickets - $55.00 per person

 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Print out registration (click on this link to download the form),

pay via PayPal using "Add to Cart" buttons below and send the completed form to:

Mrs. Cassie Vursta - (845) 641-4216
cassie.vursta@gmail.com
Mrs. Alexandra Paschenko - (267) 934-4817
alyajab@gmail.com


*Deadline for ticket sales is March 8, 2013

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Student Tickets:



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Church Hall Facelift

Sprucing the Church Hall Foyer
Once entering the hall foyer, you will notice something new. The walls have been painted by a professional paint company. The Metropolitans Laurus and Hilarion portraits have been reframed and hung on either side of the Mr. Papkov's portrait of Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy - author of the world renown book "The Law of God" - an Orthodox treatise of the Old and New Testament; commentary on the symbolisms and meaning of the Orthodox Services - Vigil, Liturgy, etc. ; the Holy books used during the services and many more important explanations of the Orthodox Faith. Today, in Russia, Fr. Seraphim's "Law of God", is considered the best book to use in teaching the Orthodox Faith. Over 1,000,000 copies have been sold. If you are interested in aquiring this book, it is available in the Church bookstore located in the Church Hall.

On November 13, 2012, another display was added to the eastern wall of the Church Hall foyer. Mr. Alex Vursta Jr., professionally hung a commemorative banner above the three portraits. The banner is a gift from the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) to the Nyack Parish who hosted a joint Pastoral Conference of the Eastern Diocese of ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate on October 11-13, 2012. Over 200 priests, delegates and reporters were present at this congress. The event celebrated the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of the re-union of the Russian Orthodox Church on May 17th, 2007. The banner shows our beloved Eminence Metroplitan Laurus and His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II signing the declaration in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on that historical day. Depicted on the banner between the two Hierarchs, is the Myrrh-streaming Hawaiin Iveron Icon of the Theotokos that was present throughout the Conference.

A new look at our Parish

Bird's Eye view
Alex Vursta Jr. had the opportunity the other day to take these wonderful photos of our Church and Hall. They are posted on our website for viewing and appreciation.

Thank you Alex!

Parish and Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy roared through Monday day and night. Our parish survived the onslaught of the storm unscathed -church, hall, property, rectory and the grounds. No roof damage, no uprooted trees, no flooding! Our special prayers that were said during the 10/28/2012 Divine Liturgy were heard! Glory be to our Merciful God!

The minor downside of the storm, is the loss of power in the whole town of Nyack. The sisterhood, however is continuing her preparation for the upcoming Russian Boutique even though there is no electricity in the Church Hall.
The elder sister and I travelled to Goshen NY and Pomona NY to get dry ice from Orange and Rockland utility trucks for our freezers. The line of waiting people in Goshen was over ten blocks long! we quickly made a u-turn and decided to go to the Pomona location. By the time we got there the coolant was already given out and the police was dispersing the late arrivals.

Finally, our Rector, Father G. Larin and I, travelled to Mahway NJ where the same utility company would be handing out dry ice from 5-7PM. We waited over two hours with over 500 people. There was a constant flow of cars into the parking lot and the line was growing in the parking lot of the Bergen County Emergency Management Center. Finally Father George and I were given a paper bag containing the dry ice to keep the freezers cold for a day or so (see pictures below). The sisterhood chefs were cooking yesterday evening with the help of a romantic glow of candlelight! 

We are hoping that the power outage is not long. Working under these conditions is a challenge. Additional dry ice will be purchased to keep the already prepared russian delicacies frozen. Some of the dishes have been delivered to homes that have power for safekeeping.

A search for generator to keep our freezers working is underway. If anyone can help in this situation, please call our elder sister, Anastasia Lopoukhine at : 845 294-2780 or write to her e-mail: srlop@frontiernet.net
Getting dry ice for the Church Hall freezers

over 500 people in line
over 500 people in line
over 500 people in line
Orange and Rockland handing out dry ice in Mahway, NJ
Orange and Rockland handing out dry ice in Mahway, NJ
Orange and Rockland handing out dry ice in Mahway, NJ
Father G. Larin and I standing and waiting our turn
Father G. Larin and I standing and waiting our turn
Father G. Larin and I standing and waiting our turn

2012 Pokrov

2012 POKROV - 10/14/12

His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield officiated the Feast Day Service of the Holy Virgin Protection - the Parish Feast day. His Grace was joined by the Rector Priest, Archpriest George Larin; Assistant rector, Archpriest Ilyia Gorsky; Archpriest Yaroslav Belikow, Rector of Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Framingham, Massachussetts; Parish Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis and Deacon George Temidis from the Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, Mahopac, New York.

The Church was filled to capacity with worshipers from the Parish as well as adjoining churches. After the Crusession, the clergy and worshippers were invited to the Parish hall to partake of a bountiful trapeza prepared by the never-tiring sisterhood who for the last three days catered to a multitude of 150-160 MP and ROCOR clergy. The gathering was the Clergy Conference that convened at the Parish to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the Unification of the Russian Orthodox Church. 

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Clergy Conference - Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR

Clergy Conference - 10/11/12

Over 170 clergy, matushkas and lay delegates of ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate convened to our Parish to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Unificatiopn of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Purpose of the meeting was to assess what was done together for the last five years in promoting Orthodoxy in the US and abroad as well as what we need to do in the future. The Conference also gave the opportunity for the clergy and attendees to meet one another once again and renew the much needed fellowship among Orthodox Christians.

Enclosed below is a slideshow of photos taken during one day of the Conferecne. For greater detail, you are urged to view several reports and photos on the Eastern American Diocese website: www.eadiocese.org. There you will read Metropolitan Hilarion's address to the conferees; the letter sent to His Holiness Patriarch Kiril and the epistle sent to all the MP and ROCOR Parishes.

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An Appeal has been filed

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK 
COUNTY OF ROCKLAND 
 X 
OLEG RODZIANKO,  Plaintiff, 
-against- 
THE PARISH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX 
HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION CHURCH, INC., 
Defendant. 
NOTICE OF 
APPEAL 
Index Number: 
031467/2012 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff, OLEG RODZIANKO, hereby 
appeals  to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State 
of New York, Second Judicial Department, from the Order of the 
Supreme Court, Rockland County, (Robert M. Berliner, J.S.C.), dated 
the 22 nd  day of August, 2012, and entered in the office of the Clerk 
of said Court on the 22 nd  day of August, 2012 which denied 
Plaintiff's application to determine that the Defendant had violated 
the terms of its Certificate of Incorporation, among other issues, 
and granted Defendant's Cross Motion to Dismiss. 

Dated: Nyack, New York 
September 17, 2012  Pr ROBERT J. PRIER , ESQ. 
Attorney for Plaintiff 
OLEG RODZIANKO 
17 South Broadway 
P. O. Box 205 
Nyack, New York 10960

On our Feast Day of the Protection of the Holy Virgin, October 14th, His Grace Bishop George will officiate the Pontifical Liturgy.

Eastern American Diocese and Clergy Conference

№: 08.34.12
August 6/19, 2012
Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ

A DIRECTIVE
To all Rectors of the Eastern American Diocese

Dear in the Lord Reverend Fathers,

Herewith we inform all the rectors and clergy that the triennial Diocesan Assembly will be held at Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY on Wednesday, October 10. Attendance at the Assembly is free for all clergy and lay delegates. Hotel accommodations on Tuesday night are the responsibility of the attendees.

I. Attendance at the Assembly is mandatory for rectors; however, all clergymen of the Diocese in the rank of priest and deacon are strongly encouraged to participate.

II. By resolution of the Diocesan Council, any parish that is delinquent in paying its diocesan dues does not have the right to vote at the Assembly.

III. Each parish and mission of the Diocese may provide laymen in good standing as representatives to the Diocesan Assembly, equal in number to the clergy in the rank of deacon and above assigned to said parish or mission.

IV. Lay delegates to the Diocesan Assembly are to be chosen by the rector of each parish according to the process that he deems most appropriate and expedient for the parish.

V. Lay delegates must be exemplary parish members and must meet the criteria of eligibility to be members of parish councils according to the Normal Parish Bylaws of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

VI. The expenses associated with travel and lodging of the clergy and lay delegates to the Diocesan Assembly shall be paid by each individual parish.

VII. Registration for delegates to the Assembly must be completed online by the parish rector or his official representative only. The online registration process need only be completed once per parish; delegates do not have to register individually online. Registrations must be completed by September 20th at www.eadmeeting.eventbrite.comParishes that fail to appoint lay delegates by this date will not have delegates seated at the Diocesan Assembly.

VIII. In addition, all rectors have the right to submit names for consideration to be included on the ballot for election to the Diocesan Council, Auditing Committee, and Spiritual Court. Individuals whose names are submitted for consideration must be parishioners in good standing and must be able to attend meetings of the bodies to which they wish to be elected; rectors are directed to include a short biographical sketch. Recommendations must be received by the diocesan administration by September 20th at 55 East Third Street, Howell, NJ 07731 or eadiocese@gmail.com. If the candidates are approved by the ruling bishop, they will be printed on the election ballots and voted on at the meeting. Additional nominations can be made at the General Meeting and, pending the approval of the ruling bishop, they may be written in on the ballots.

IX. All lay members of the Diocesan Council and Auditing Committee are hereby appointed delegates to the Diocesan Meeting.

X. Abbots of every monastic community in the Diocese may appoint one (1) monastic representative.

XI. Rectors of parishes with church schools that instructed more than forty (40) students in the 2011-2012 academic year may appoint one (1) lay representative from their church school faculty. Delegates in this category must conform to the stipulations of Paragraph V.

XII. The various diocesan organizations may likewise appoint one (1) lay delegate to the Diocesan Assembly, which individuals shall be approved by me. These organizations are: the Diocesan Music Committee, Holy Trinity Seminary, St. Herman Executive Committee, St. Seraphim’s Camp, the Holy Myrrhbearers Women’s Choir, and the Diocesan Youth Committee.

+HILARION
Metropolitan of Eastern American & New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Click here for a copy of the ukase in PDF format.

Eventbrite - Eastern American Diocesan Assembly

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE
Holy Virgin Protection Church, Nyack, NY
October 10, 2012

11:30 AM – Registration in the parish hall

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – Moleben, Assembly begins

1:00-4:00 PM – Diocesan Assembly ‒ Reports by Metropolitan Hilarion, the diocesan secretary, treasurer, auditing committee, spiritual court, and media office. Elections for Diocesan Council, auditing committee, and spiritual court.

4:00 PM – Dinner

5:00 PM – Registration for the Pastoral Conference

Free time to follow. 

Attendance at the Assembly is free for all clergy and lay delegates. Hotel accommodations on Tuesday night are the responsibility of the attendees.

БОГУ НАШЕМУ СЛАВА!!!

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A DIRECTIVE
to all Clerics of the Eastern American Diocese regarding the convocation of
a Joint Pastoral Conference with MP Clergy in honor of the 5th Anniversary of the Reunification

With the blessing of His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, a joint pastoral conference of the Eastern American Diocese and the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA will be held on October 11-13, 2012. The working portion of the conference will be held in the parish center of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY. The All-Night Vigil on Friday, October 12, will be held at Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY, while the Divine Liturgy on October 13 will be held at Three Saints Patriarchal Church in Garfield, NJ. The Sretensky Male Choir of Moscow will sing the Divine Liturgy.

The main purpose of the conference is to unite our clergy around the Holy Altar to offer thanksgiving to the Lord for His great mercy, which He has abundantly poured out upon the Holy Russian Orthodox Church. The myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will also be present for the conference, as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the icon’s having begun streaming myrrh. The secondary purpose of the conference is to fulfill the instruction given to us by His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, calling upon the clergy and faithful of the Church Abroad and the Patriarchal parishes to analyze the achievements of the past five years. We will discuss all that has transpired, and that which can be done differently in the future to improve upon our reestablished unity.

The first day of the conference will focus on analyzing the role of the Russian Church in shaping the future of Orthodox America. Panel discussions will cover topics such as the current state of Russian parishes in the Diaspora, relationships with other canonical jurisdictions in America, joint ventures with the OCA, MP, and ROCOR, and expanding missionary efforts in America. The main speaker will be the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Eminence Justinian, Archbishop of Naro-Fominsk. Panel discussions will include the participation of clergy and hierarchs from various canonical Orthodox jurisdictions.

On the second day of the conference, participants will discuss different pastoral issues pertaining to the growth of parish life, as a way to strengthen the Diocese and the Church. Lecture and panel discussions will focus on topics such as overcoming division and promoting growth in the parish, bringing the faithful back to the Vigil, the missionary parish, and practical pastoral resources. The main speaker will be Archpriest Artemy Vladimirov, rector of All Saints Church in Moscow.

The conference will give pastors an opportunity to interact and socialize with fellow clergy from all corners of the Diocese as we celebrate this monumental fifth anniversary. A dinner cruise around Manhattan is being organized for the participants in honor of the anniversary and the conference. The final banquet will be held after the Divine Liturgy on October 13th at the parish hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Patriarchal Church in Passaic, NJ.

The conference will be limited to 200 participants (150 from the Eastern American Diocese and 50 from the MP). Although the actual cost per participant is $700, a proposal was made in March to the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR asking for financial aid to help clergy and parishes afford the expenses associated with the conference. The FFA generously approved a $35,000 grant to be distributed among the first 100 EAD clergy to register for the conference. Matching grants were received from the administration of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and the Eastern American Diocese. Thanks to this financial assistance, the actual cost per each clergyman and matushka will be $350, which includes three nights lodging, all meals, transportation during the conference, and conference materials. All participants must register before September 1. After September 1, those who register (not including those who already paid) will be charged an additional $250 per participant. Click here to register.

The diocesan Media Office will document the entire conference through video and audio recordings of all the proceedings and divine services. Interviews will be conducted with all the hierarchs and many of the clergy and matushkas, which will be used to produce several documentaries about the conference. Video materials will be published on the diocesan website and available for purchase in DVD format. The goal of the video coverage is to broadcast the voice of pastors of the Russian Church in America all over the world. There are many important issues and questions facing the Church today, and the voices of our pastors will be used to begin a dialogue that will become part of the collective voice of the Russian Orthodox Church in the homeland and the Diaspora.

Links:

Official Website of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA

Official website of the Eastern American Diocese

Holy Virgin Protection Church - Nyack, NY
51 Prospect Street, Nyack, NY 10960

Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" - Nanuet, NY
100 Smith Road, Nanuet, NY 10954

3 Saints Patriarchal Church - Garfield, NJ
454 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ 07026

Sts. Peter and Paul Patriarchal Church - Passaic, NJ (Final Banquet on October 13)
200 3rd Street, Passaic, NJ 07055


NYS Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against the Orthodox Church

Lawsuit dismissed
Noted below are the highlights of the Court Order:

1- Plaintiff (O. Rodzianko) brings action to enjoin the defendant, a Russian Orthodox Church, from engaging in a course of conduct he believes is in violation of the certificate of incorporation of the defendant church. The defendant, on it's part, cross move to dismiss on a number of basis, including the lack of standing of the plaintiff to maintain this action and lack of subject jurisdiction.

2- The crux of the plaintiff's case is the argument that the defendant has or is about to violate Par. 2 of it's certificate of incorporation, which states, in pertinent part: "...the corporation shall maintain no relations whatsoever with any ecclesiastical officers or organizations within the boundaries of or subject to the jurisdiction of the USSR, or any of its satellite states, so long as the said Union, or any of its satellite states, are ruled by Communistic authorities"... It is the position of the plaintiff that based upon certain Acts of Canonical Communion, passed in 2007 by a council of Church leaders, that the Russian Orthodox Church based in Russia is seeking to "take over" the Russian Orthodox Churches in America, including the defendant Church. The plaintiff avers that his church has already taken steps, both in their prayer service and otherwise, to effectuate this "take over". While the3 court has no doubt as to the sincerity of the plaintiff, nor the genuineness of his beliefs, his allegations are unsupported by anything other than his own conclusions. There is no support for his position from church leaders or quite frankly, any other parishioners.

3- As indicated above, the defendant not only opposes the application, but moves to dismiss. It claims that the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, since the that the court, in order to render a decision herein, would have to resolve religious questions, which is not empowered to do. The defendant relies heavily on Matter of Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar, Inc. v. Kahana, 9 N.Y. 3d 282, wherein the Court of Appeals clearly stated:

"The First Amendment forbids civil courts from interfering in or determining religious disputes, because there is substantial danger that the state will become entangled in essentially religious controversies or intervene on behalf of groups espousing particular doctrines or beliefs. Civil disputes involving religious parties or institutions may be adjudicated (settled judicially) without offending the 1st Amendment as long as neutral principles of law are the basis for their resolution".

4- Here, in the court's opinion, to determine whether or not the defendant has violated it's certificate of incorporation would require this court to interpret church doctrine, and to interpret the various Acts propounded by the church hierarchy. Therefore, the court cannot make such a determination, and lacks jurisdiction to hear this matter.

5- Based on the above, the court need not consider any other issues raised by the defendant. The application for an injunction is denied. The cross motion to dismiss is granted, and the complaint is hereby dismissed. This constitutes the decision and order of the court.

Dated: New City, New York
          August 22, 2012


Judge: Robert M. Berliner, J.S.C.


A BIG THANK YOU

On behalf of the Parish of the Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church in Nyack, a very big THANK YOU for your prayers and financial support in defending our beloved Parish against the lawsuit complaint issued by a former parish member, Mr. O. M. Rodzianko!

Your support helped us to pay for our very able attorney that presented our case in a stellar manner on the 11th of May, 2012 in the New York State Supreme Court. The Court decision was handed down to our attorney yesterday.

The highlights of the Court Decision is highlighted above.

Once again THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!


Frederica Mathewes-Green

History, Blasphemy, and Russia

Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 in 

[August 22, 2012]

 When the “Pussy Riot” protesters were sentenced last week for their performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, a friend asked me why Orthodox Christians were so upset about what they’d done. For him, this was clearly a political protest. It was aimed at a too-close entwining of church and state, so it took place in a church. What’s the big deal?

 But, in practice, there’s a difference. If you protest at a government building, you impact people in that government. If you protest at a business, you impact people in that business. But when you protest at a church, you don’t hit only those in power. You hit all the ordinary people, too, the ones who don’t have any influence or power. They come to church on a weekday afternoon just to pray, because they’re worried or sad about something. When someone mocks their faith it wounds them. It wounds their fellow-believers all over the world, who have no connection at all to the target of the protest.

 What caused this pain was that the women sang a song that contained obscenities and a parody of a prayer. Those on the outside might not get why it was so hurtful. Well, for one thing, the altar in an Orthodox church is felt to be especially holy; it’s not like the stage of a church auditorium. Because Christianity grew out of Judaism, the altar is like the Holy of Holies in the ancient Temple.

 But the form of the protest, a mocking and obscene prayer, also hit on particular, and painful, memories. My spiritual father, Fr. George Calciu, spent 21 years in communist prison. (He died in 2006). He was subjected to the brainwashing process, and they used both physical and emotional torture. They mocked everything and everyone he loved—his wife, his child, his faith. A centerpiece of the brainwashing program was to subject prisoners to parody church services, with obscene and mocking prayers.

 All Christian prisoners endured this abuse. Millions of clergy, monastics, and lay people died for their beliefs. Fr. George survived, and, thanks to the efforts of Romanian expatriates like Eugene Ionescu and Mircea Eliade, he was freed in 1984.

 It’s not that long ago.

 The problem was the mockery of our prayers, not the protest against Putin and the official church. There are many Christians who share these women’s concerns, and our faith has a long history of prayer for deliverance from unjust rulers. A sincere prayer might have had an entirely different effect; it might have attracted allies everywhere. Sincerity is always better than mockery.

 Also, the church where this happened has a sensitive history. The original Christ the Savior Cathedral was built in the 19th century, modeled on the finest Byzantine architecture and filled with treasures of art and iconography. In 1931, the Soviets destroyed it—they blew it up. You can see the footage online. Artworks were thrown in a pile and burned—destroyed specifically because of their religious content, like the Buddha statues dynamited in Afghanistan.

 But in the 1990’s there grew up a popular movement to rebuild the Cathedral. A million citizens of Moscow donated to the fund. The new cathedral is identical to the one that was destroyed. So this church has a significant story: it was destroyed by the powerful, and rebuilt by the people.

 The new cathedral was consecrated in 2000. It’s not that long ago.

 What’s the right punishment in such a case? We could try picturing analogous incidents, imagining protesters invading a mosque or a synagogue and chanting obscene parodies of the worshippers’ prayers. But I don’t know that there’s a need for punishment. Community service would be better. These women could use their talents to gather and tell the stories of those who lived through the bad times, and the stories of those who did not make it through. That would be something we could all agree on—a project that could bring healing and understanding, and strengthen memory against future abuse.

 When you’re young and strong, like these women are, it can be hard to imagine that anyone was ever weak, or suffering, or persecuted, or afraid. You might think, “It can’t happen here.” But it did happen—right there. And not that long ago. We know this from history: if you forget the times when the faithful were mocked with abusive and obscene words, it won’t be long before we’re hearing those words again.


Ed Koch Defends The Arrest of Pussy Riot, Compares Them To AIDS Activists of the 80′s





Former Mayor Ed Koch sent out one of his semi-regular commentaries today and it was something of a unusual one for the former New York City mayor.

In it, he defended Vladimir Putin for sending three members of the radical art collective Pussy Riot to prison for staging a musical demonstration in a Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and compared it with his own actions against the AIDS activist group ACT-UP in the 1980′s.

Writes Mr. Koch:

The Western cultural elite is rallying to the defense of the disrupters in the cathedral. Some approve of the verbal attack on Putin. Others support the denunciation of the Russian Orthodox church leadership and the church disruption because of the church leadership support of Putin. All cited characterize the issue as one of free speech. I do not.

I would assume that many Pussy Riot supporters would take a different position, and rightly so, if here in the U.S. a black church were invaded and three men or women engaged in comparable conduct insulting holy places within the church and the pastor. I recall when I was Mayor in 1989 and the AIDS activist group Act Up, unjustifiably angry with John Cardinal O’Connor, invaded St. Patrick’s Cathedral and interrupted the Mass, throwing the Communion wafers – which for Catholics are the actual Body of Christ – to the floor.  Some were arrested.  So far as I can recall, no one was punished.  I think the decision of the Russian court to punish a hate crime was just and to be applauded, rather than condemned and ridiculed.  One can argue concerning the degree of punishment, whether fines rather than jail time should have been imposed, but that is a function of the Russian penalty procedures. 

The demonstration Mr. Koch refers to prompted howls of outrage at the time, including from some LGBT activists. 

Mr. Koch goes on to note that the issue isn’t really one of freedom of expression, but, in his view, one of religious hatred.

Full commentary from Mr. Koch below:

This week, a Russian court sentenced three feminist punk performers who call themselves “Pussy Riot” to prison for two years.  The three women were charged with “hooliganism.”  The graveness of the charge was described by the New York Times of August 18th: “The case began in February when the women infiltrated the Cathedral of Christ the Savior wearing colorful balaclavas, and pranced around in front of the golden Holy Doors leading to the altar, dancing, chanting and lip-syncing for what would later become a music video of a profane song in which they beseeched the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Mr. Putin.”

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow had been deliberately destroyed by Stalin.  It was rebuilt in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev, and is one of Moscow’s architectural gems and now once again a heavily used by Russian Orthodox church.  The Times reported on the Russian Orthodox Church’s reaction to the Pussy Riot: “On Friday, the Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement that referred to Nazi aggression and the militant atheism of the Soviet era, and said, ‘What happened is blasphemy and sacrilege, the conscious and deliberate insult to the sanctuary and a manifestation of hostility to millions of people.’” The sentencing Judge Syrova, when delivering her decision, according to the Times, found that the action in the church was “motivated by religious hatred.”

The Western cultural elite is rallying to the defense of the disrupters in the cathedral. Some approve of the verbal attack on Putin. Others support the denunciation of the Russian Orthodox church leadership and the church disruption because of the church leadership support of Putin. All cited characterize the issue as one of free speech. I do not.

I would assume that many Pussy Riot supporters would take a different position, and rightly so, if here in the U.S. a black church were invaded and three men or women engaged in comparable conduct insulting holy places within the church and the pastor.  I recall when I was Mayor in 1989 and the AIDS activist group Act Up, unjustifiably angry with John Cardinal O’Connor, invaded St. Patrick’s Cathedral and interrupted the Mass, throwing the Communion wafers – which for Catholics are the actual Body of Christ – to the floor.  Some were arrested.  So far as I can recall, no one was punished.  I think the decision of the Russian court to punish a hate crime was just and to be applauded, rather than condemned and ridiculed.  One can argue concerning the degree of punishment, whether fines rather than jail time should have been imposed, but that is a function of the Russian penalty procedures.

I also believe it is not in the interest of the U.S. to support the actions of the Pussy Riot defendants. At a time when the Iranian nuclear threat grows by the day and we are fighting Islamic extremists around the world, we should be seeking to enlist President Putin to join the West in our effort to prevent the Islamist fanatics from achieving their goal of destroying Western civilization, not making him the enemy and Pussy Riot the victim.

The attacks on President Putin for “squelching free speech” included one by Madonna performing at the time in Moscow. “The extent of the culture clash was evident this month when Madonna paused during a concert in Moscow to urge the release of the women, who have been jailed since March, and performed in a black bra with ‘Pussy Riot’ stenciled in bold letters on her back.  The next day, Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister, posted a Twitter message calling Madonna a ‘whore.’” Madonna is an artist, always testing the limits of decency and often going beyond restrictions accepted by ordinary people. I do not, however, defer to her judgment on such political matters.

Most shocking to me was the response of the White House, as reported by the Times: “In Washington, where Obama administration officials followed the trial closely, seeing it as a measure of Mr. Putin’s new presidency and its own troubled relations with Russia, the White House and the State Department each criticized the verdict.  The State Department all but called on Russia’s higher courts to overturn the conviction and ‘ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld.’  A White House spokesman, Tommy Vietor, said the verdict was disappointing and the sentences disproportionate.  ’While we understand that the group’s behavior was offensive to some, we have serious concerns about the way these young women have been treated by the Russian judicial system,’ he said.” Offensive to some?

I do not believe the issue is properly one of freedom of expression. The right to free expression is not unlimited and does not mean one can say anything anywhere and at anytime. Further, Russia and most countries do not have embedded in their law the Constitutional protection of the First Amendment that we do. I for one am delighted they now punish religious hatred. Aren’t you?


The Perfect Church is the Heart of Orthodoxy
Thoughts on ROCOR Before and After the Unification
Reader Dimitry N. Tchertkoff

—What does your heart say about the divisions in the Russian Church?
—I personally do not judge others. I myself have many weaknesses. I pray for the unity of the Church and
ask the Mother of God that it would be attained without any controversy. When this becomes a reality, it
will be a glorious day for the whole Church. We should follow the examples of our saints St. John of
Shanghai and San Francisco, the New Martyrs of Russia and St. Elizabeth the New Martyr. Once again, we
must turn to faith and be reborn. (Jose Munoz Cortez) 1
O Lord, sprinkle into my heart the dew of Thy grace.
St. John Chrysostom (From his prayer in the Evening Rule)
Since 2003, I was getting very fearful of the state of our Church, not in Russia, but
outside the borders in ROCOR. It was during this time I first witnessed this profound
controversy our Church has been suffering from—the Unification, the Canonical
Communion with the Church in Russia—to which we always belonged. For ninety years
we prayed ceaselessly to see the day when it would happen. Truly, using the words of our
Martyr Jose, the unification was a “glorious day for the Church” on May 17th, 2007 (ten
years after his murder and our loss of the precious miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Iveron
Icon of Montreal). I begin with Jose’s quote in the epitaph because he said it correctly. To
accept the Canonical Communion of ROCOR and MP we must be reborn. Unfortunately,
it is with great regret to see so many of us prejudiced and fearful of one of the greatest
Mysteries of God; Russia’s Resurrection. This fear caused many of us to judge
prematurely. Let us pay closer attention to Jose’s first words when asked about the two
Churches: “I personally do not judge others.” However, there are many of us who did and
still do, which is causing terrible strife.
The father will be divided against his son, and the son against the father; the mother against
the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; and the mother-in-law against her
daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against mother-in-law…(Luke 12:51-53)
Before and after the Unification, a profound spiritual war began. This war was not against
communism, Bolsheviks, KGB agents, secular atheism or the like. A Civil War began,
Russian Orthodox Christians Outside Russia versus the Russian Orthodox Church. “A
man’s enemies will be those of his own household.” (Matthew 10:36) In this current war
Parents are fighting against their children, brothers are no longer speaking to each other,
priests are declaring Anathema to each other, the word “graceless” and “schism” are used
lightly and thrown around violently at one another and, perhaps the worst of it all,
brothers and sisters in Christ are bringing each other to secular State Supreme Courts.
I am not a Theologian. However, it does not take much to see and feel how hard our
ancestors the Holy Fathers, Holy Hierarchs, Holy Martyrs, the Archangels and Angels
and all the Saints are prayerfully imploring us to stop this war.
1 Ananymous Author. The Montreal Myrrh Streaming Icon and Brother Joseph. Pp 145. “One Must Never
Become Accustomed to a Miracle” [interview]. Brother Joseph Memorial Fund, Montreal. 2008.
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I ask you to stop and think. The unity of the Church is not a heresy or cause for alarm.
The dissention of the Church is.
With the Church in such a state, who can say they have the heart of Orthodoxy? If
politics and a signed contract are pushing you away from communion with the Fullness
of the Church, is Christ the one leading you to hating the Church in Russia? Are Christ
and all of His Archangels and Saints whispering in your ear that the Patriarch and most of
the Bishops are KGB agents? Is the Mother of God, the Most-Holy Theotokos, warning
you that the Church in Russia is graceless? Has St. John visited you in your dreams and
ordered you to wage this war against the Unification? I ask all these questions because
the act of leaving the Church’s body stems from strong confidence in “knowing” you are
right, and “knowing” the Church is wrong.
Food for Thought
Let us look more closely into the Unification. Ninety years before the Canonical
Communion we were in a period of strict fasting. During that period the Bridegroom, the
wholeness of the Church, was not with us. Our ancestors fervently prayed that the godless
authorities would cease. We prayed for the salvation of all the Russian people under the
yoke of the godless authorities. We begged God to see the day when we are no longer a
mere branch of the Church, but part of the life-giving tree that we left behind in Russia.
ROCOR had done so much, from publishing books to building Monasteries/Churches and
providing any help to Russia (albeit the USSR at the time). The goal and faith was that
Russia will resurrect and triumph again spiritually, and then politically. The meaning of
ROCOR and the reason we had grace, even though we were severed, was precisely
because we existed to do everything we could to help Russia preserve her Mother
Church, without which Russia would have never been Holy. We existed at the same time
that the Catacomb Church in Russia existed. We prayed. We helped. We dreamed that
this frightful period would go away.
In 1991, it did.
Our prayers were answered. But the devil continued his work. Sixteen years later
occurred the apex of everything that we were as a Church outside Russia, the Act of
Canonical Communion was signed. This was the greatest of miracles, proving beyond
any doubt that ROCOR preserved God’s Grace in our mission and loyalty to Russia. But
what happened? Yesterday’s confusion began choking us. Instead of seeing the good,
many of us fell into a despondent pessimism. Holy Pascha, the one in which we have yet
to see and experience, came and we began falling apart.
Confusion
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St. Macarius of Optina said, “In confusion there is no benefit, but the greatest harm: It is
the chariot of the enemy and it does not allow one to pour out his heart before God with
repentance.”2
Confusion spread like wildfire. What is most shocking is how easy it was for the enemy
of our salvation. All he had to do was say: Metropolitan Sergei, Ecumenism, KGB agents
in the disguise of Bishops and Priests, and nothing in Russia has changed. That was all it
took, after all that preparation for that glorious day on May 17th, 2007—ROCOR split.
Where are our Orthodox Hearts?
Let us take that short list above. Let us recall the life of St. John, Jose, all of our
Metropolitans and Bishops. Let remember their podvigs and purpose. Let us stop using
their names for our own devices, doing so only serves to confuse. Let us take the time to
think about Christ in His darkest moments in the Garden of Gethsemane and His prayer
for unity amongst His followers. He found his closest kin, the three Apostles, sleeping.
Are we sleeping when God asked us to pray? Are we doubting like Thomas of His
glorious Resurrection? Are we betraying Him like Judas or Peter? Are we lifting up the
sword, as did Peter, and cutting the ear of our Church?
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco writes regarding Russia and her New Martyrs:
O wonderful and glorious army of new sufferers! Who can worthily glorify you? Truly
blessed is the ground soaked with your blood, and holy are the places that received your
bodies. Blessed art thou, O Russian land cleansed by suffering! Thou hast been through
the water of baptism, and passest now through the fire of agony, and thou too shalt reach
peace…Arise, stand up, Russia, thou who has drunk of the cup of the Lord’s anger from
His own hand! When thy sufferings are ended, thy truth will go with thee, and the glory
of the Lord will accompany thee! The Nations will come to thy light and kings to thy
radiance. Then raise up thine eyes and look about thee: for thy children come to thee
from the west, and the north, and the sea, and the east, blessing in thee Christ forever. 3
St. John foresaw the glorious resurrection of Russia. Those who take the Church to court
are taking the entire Body of Christ to judgment. Let us remember our Church is one with
the Heavenly Church. Is this something anyone wants to be held accountable?
We must continue in the faith of our ancestors.
God has not abandoned Russia. During the Soviet regime He was in their midst and
suffered. Grace through the Church’s mysteries, despite any compromise the heads of the
Church deemed to make, God’s Grace was not only present but exuded such power that
people where strengthened and ready to die for it. In Special Camps, as can be read in the
books such as Fr. Arseny, people gave up their only ration of bread for the Eucharist. A
2 Archimandrite George Shaefer, trans. Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of
Optina. Pp. 182-3. Jordanville, NY, 2005.
3 Anonymous Author. Architecture of Russia: From Old to Modern. Vol. 1. Vladika John. A Few Words
About Russia and Her Martyrs. Pp Introduction. The Russian Orthodox Youth Committee, 1973.
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simple towel with a charcoal sketched cross was used for an epitrachelion. Churches were
hidden in closets with small vessels used to contain the Body and Blood of Christ,
sometimes without sweet wine readily available. Can we judge that such acts were
graceless? Will we judge a priest using a sweet mixture other than wine for the Eucharist
because it goes against Canon Law? It is no secret that Canon Law was always open to
interpretation, particularly in states of emergency, without drastic consequence. Thus
said, I would like to take a moment concerning Serganism.
Serganism
Many people are terrified of Metropolitan Sergei. He is deemed a traitor to the Church of
Christ. He complied with the Soviet powers and at times assisted in desecrating the
Church both spiritually and physically. Yes, these things and much more happened.
However, in remembering Christ’s promise that the gates of Hell will not ever conquer
the Church, why are so many of us afraid that Metropolitan Sergei single handedly
conquered the Church and left it graceless? If the devil cannot prevail against the Church,
how can a man? But we must remember he was a man who made errors. Fr. Seraphim
Rose writes the following in a letter to his spiritual child:
We who wish to remain in the true tradition of Orthodoxy will have to be zealous and
firm in our Orthodoxy without being fanatics, and without presuming to teach our
bishops what they should do. Above all, we must strive to preserve the true fragrance of
Orthodoxy, being at least a little “not of this world,” detached from all cares and politics
even of the Church, nourishing ourselves in otherworldly food the Church gives us in
such abundance. Elder Macarius well says in a letter: “Fanaticism limits a man’s way of
thinking, but true faith gives him freedom. This freedom is revealed by the firmness of a
man in all possible cases of happiness and unhappiness.” That freedom is the sign of our
Orthodoxy; that is precisely why the Josephites4 separated from Sergius in 1927: not for
incorrect ecclesiology or violations of canons, but because he deprived the Church of the
thing most precious to her: her internal freedom. But to see this one must have the savor
of Orthodoxy. 5
This is very important for everyone to realize. Metropolitan Joseph left Metropolitan
Sergei because he forfeited the Church’s freedom. Not because of his sin in desecration.
Do not judge.
I will not judge Metropolitan Sergei, and I offer you my opinion why I personally never
would. In reading on the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, I find them the scariest
stories I have ever read. I do not share their God-sent strength. Many instances parents
had to suffer seeing their children tortured and killed before their own deaths. Fingers
would be broken one by one and a Mother would hear her child scream. To suffer thus is
4 The Josephites were followers of Metropolitan Joseph of Petrograd, who refused, in the 1920’s, to accept
the compromises and betrayals of Metropolitan Sergius with the Soviet government. (quoted from p 168,
also a footnote.)
5 Fr. Alexey Young. Letters From Father Seraphim. P 168. Nikodemos Orthodox Publication Society,
2001.
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the faith and fear Abraham had when God told him to sacrifice his son Isaac. I confess
before all of you, brothers and sisters in Christ, I do not have such a faith. I would wavier
and tearfully ask Christ to forgive me. When I think of Metropolitan Sergei, I think of a
man who perhaps, like me, could not see his flock suffer so. I wonder if it was really his
life the communists threatened or was it his flocks and/or family. I do not know. But for
this reason I will not judge him, and refuse to believe that the Church in Russia is
graceless as a result.
When Stalin put Metropolitan Sergei on the Patriarchal throne it was far from canonical.
Patriarch Sergei passed away within a year of his enthronement. God knows what he did
and will judge him accordingly. Perhaps we should pray that God takes pity on his soul
instead of deeming him a traitor and a graceless bishop.
Fr. Seraphim Rose clearly insinuates that having the heart or “savor” of Orthodoxy is
essential for salvation. An Orthodox person must never assume that they know better than
the bishops. A person puts themselves in incredible spiritual danger by exposing
themselves to Prelest (a Slavonic word that means spiritual delusion). For our protection,
instead of jumping to conclusions about what Serganism did to the Russian Church, let us
remember what pains ROCOR took to protect us Orthodox Christians. The Canonical Act
did not happen overnight. It was a slow process of meeting with delegates in Russia and
America where such things were discussed. This also includes Ecumenism. Despite these
conferences, and instead of thanking the heads of our Church and realizing how difficult
it must have been for them, a majority of us thought we knew better. Do we?
Yesterday’s No Dialogue with MP
There was a long time when ROCOR was strongly against having a dialogue with the
MP, but this must be placed in its proper context; before the fall of Communism.
Metropolitan Philaret was right to warn the Church against the MP and the Anathema
against Ecumenism. No one thought the Soviet Regime would falter. Let us take Gulags
for consideration. They had lasted till the 1980’s. They were conceived in the 1930’s.
This is a very long time. It is both logical and understandable that ROCOR was highly
protective of their flock during this time era. But today, Metropolitan Philaret’s words are
taken completely out of context. That was yesterday, and that day (Glory to God) is gone.
Communism and the godless authority are over. So why are we still taking what our
blessed Metropolitan Philaret said years before, as well as St. John and all the others, and
using it today with the claim that nothing is changed? Some of us audaciously refer to
Russia as the Soviet Union post 1991 because “nothing changed”. Are these rational
thoughts?
Three Notable Changes in Russia
1) The Church is free.
2) You will not be sent to a Gulag (they are closed now) and the powers that be will
not have an interest in killing you for going to Liturgy.
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3) Russia repented and called for the canonization of the New Martyrs and
Confessors of Russia with the Royal Family at the head. Also, the canonization of
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.
Where is our Child-like Faith in God? Have we become like that of the Pharisees?
“Verily I say unto you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child,
will not enter therein.” (Matthew 10:14-15) A child has the uncanny ability to accept
things. There have been so many instances where children understood profound precepts
of God, and expressed them with very limited vocabulary accurately. Their minds are
immature but their hearts are afire with God. Unfortunately, when the mind matures the
heart begins to dim. Christ warns that we must fight to preserve it. Here I recall Christ’s
conversation with Nikodemous: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, unless one is born of
water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is
flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6) The brain is born of the
flesh. The heart is born of the Spirit.
All claims against the Unification of ROCOR with MP stem from what Fr. Seraphim
Rose coined as the “super-correct” fraction of our Church. I have yet to speak with a
person against it who did not mention rules and regulations and Canon Law.
Unfortunately, abiding by the Laws and Canons of the Church with particular intensity
replaces the worshipping of Christ with the worship of Law. It was this particular sin that
made the Pharisees kill Christ. It was this perspective that blinded the Pharisees from
seeing Christ’s miracles. All they saw was that it happened on the Sabbath day. The
Pharisees claimed that Christ sinned as a result. We are all vulnerable to worshipping
Law versus Christ. The fraction of our Church that chose to leave the fullness after the
Signing cannot see the miracle in the Unification. Instead, all they see is that it was done
illegally, “on the Sabbath day.”
Prelest is spiritual delusion. The person infected with it does not know they are affected,
and firmly believe that they are on the right path. One telling characteristic is the refusal
to listen to others. A person undergoing Prelest shows no signs of obedience. They bend
rules and sometimes even “rewrite” history to serve their needs and/or to prove a point.
The Holy Fathers have long forewarned us to never fall into Prelest. There is no
guarantee we will be cured. Prayer and fasting for that person, as well as doing good
deeds in their name, is the only possible cure.
Signs of the Resurrection of Russia and the Future Union Years Beforehand
The martyred Jose and the Montreal Myrrh Streaming Icon was a sign. The following
quotation is from his biography written by an Anonymous Author and Editor:
…Joseph did not consider the appearance of the Icon in the bosom of the Russian
Orthodox Church accidental because it is in the bosom of this [C]hurch that in 1981 (a
year before the appearance of the Icon), an act which was salvific to for the fate of Russia
took place—the canonization of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, with the
Royal family at the head. In the early nineties of the twentieth century, Joseph noted that
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the Montreal Icon was a bright harbinger of the fall of godless communism in Russia and
the beginning of a spiritual rebirth of the Russian people.6
The Myrrh-Streaming Icon was direct evidence that God exists and is with us and the
Russian Orthodox Church in Russia.
Fr. Seraphim Rose shared a remarkable dream that was related to the Future resurrection
of Russia. He shared this in a letter to Fr. Alexey Young on Oct. 23/Nov. 5, 1976.
…[L]ast night I had a dream. I saw Vladika Averky7 (on his namesday!) censing in a
beautiful grassy field, somehow on an elevated place. A deacon was supposed to help
him serve, but he didn’t know what words to chant, and I made bold to sing, to a special
melody: “Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered. Alleluia!” I was uncertain
whether this was according to the Typicon, as it seemed to be a new service. Fr. Herman
suggests that it is the service for the resurrection of Russia—and on the anniversary of the
deliverance of Russia from the Poles! Anyway, it was a consolation.8
In this moving account there are several things that give evidence to God’s intervention. I
cannot argue with Fr. Herman’s interpretation. The deacon who didn’t know what prayers
to say represents the New Russia of Old. After such devastation it is understandable that
for a long time the Church would perhaps struggle to get back on her feet. I have all the
reason to believe, albeit my opinion, that the field described therein is the field where
Patriarch Alexei II and Metropolitan Laurus together gave their blessing and consecration
to the new Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the Holy New Martyrs and
Confessors of Russia in Butovo, outside Moscow. That Church was built on the field
where many New Martyrs perished and soaked the soil with their Holy Blood.
Here I would like to share an excerpt of Mertopolitan Laurus’ sermon on that holy day:
Today is both a sorrowful and joyful day. Sorrowful because this place was a place of the
suffering and death of a multitude of faithful children of the Church, yet joyful, because
the Holy Church now makes eternal their memory by this memorial temple of God. Their
podvigi now bind us with stronger spiritual ties. As you know, upon the consecration of
every church, a relic of a martyr is placed into the altar table. Here, the earth was
thoroughly soaked with the blood of the martyrs and sown with their bones, and it shall
be as an altar table to Christ our God.9
6 Ibid Pp 63.
7 Much can be said regarding Archbishop Averky. I will briefly explain that he was the Abbot of Holy
Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY before the position was given to Bishop (later Metropolitan) Laurus.
He was a well read scholar and paid particular attention to the Apocalypse. He edited with particular
scrutiny the work of Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy The Law of God (although he is not credited) and also
helped Fr. Seraphim Rose with his book The Apocalypse: In the Teachings of Ancient Christianity. St. John
of Shanghai and San Francisco said on several occasions that he has “oneness of soul” with Archbishop
Averky. For many years he taught many generations of seminarians in the accredited New York State
College Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville.
8 Ibid p 173
9 Official Synod (ROCOR) website, Link: http://www.synod.com/synod/enrt07/en519butova.html
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Here are beautiful and very telling words of our Metropolitan, of blessed memory. These
words come from a man of deep prayer and asceticism. Such acts as he performed, and
such words as those above, cannot be faked. His entire life was to the service of the
Church, this includes God and us, his beloved flock. Saying thus, I return to another letter
by Fr. Seraphim Rose who prophetically new, felt in his heart, Bishop Laurus’ (at the
time) fate and suffering. This letter was dated 1976, Tuesday of Passion Week: “Pray
daily from now on for Bishop Laurus [successor to Archbishop Averky], that God will
give him the strength to bear a most difficult cross. But he is so guileless and has so many
fierce enemies! We have promised him maximum support.”10 The enemy of the Church
foresaw God’s will regarding our Metropolitan many years before us, and already began
working further with a particular anger of being defeated.
One more sign, I feel an urgent need to share, falls on the significant day itself: May 17th.
We all know that in 2007 it was the Feast of our Lord’s Ascension. However, that was
not all. On that day is also commemorated a miraculous Icon of the Mother of God called
“Staro-Rus” or “Old-Russia”.11 I urge all my beloved readers to read about this precious
Icon. However, I just wanted to point one simple thing, on the day of the Signing of the
Act this Icon is commemorated, Old-Russia. Indeed, another sign that Russia, Old
Russia, Holy Russia has triumphantly come back.
Conclusion
I leave you with the following quotation. It was said by our late Patriarch of Moscow and
all of Russia Alexei II of blessed memory in his sermon on the day of the Royal Family’s
execution. This is dated July of 1993.
The sin of regicide, which took place amid the indifference of the citizens of
Russia, has not been repented of by our people. Being a transgression of both the
law of God and civil law, this sin weighs heavily upon the souls of our people,
upon its moral conscience. And today, on behalf of the whole Church, on behalf of
her children, both reposed and living, we proclaim repentance before God and
the people for this sin. Forgive us, O Lord! We call to repentance all of our
people, all of our children…. Repentance of the sin committed by our forefathers
should become for us a banner of unity.12
May the resurrected Christ our true God bless all of you, my dearest readers. Christ is
Risen! Truly Christ is Risen!
10 Ibid p 164
11 Link for “Staro-Rus” Icon: http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/los/May/04-07.htm
12 This quotation was taken from Fr. Seraphim Rose’s Biography: Hieromonk Damascene. Father
Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works. Pp. 935. St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2005.

Lawsuit update

Lawsuit update
On May 11th, 2012 at 10:30 AM, in the NY State Supreme Court of Rockland County, our case was presented in front of Judge Berliner. The Court room was filled to capacity. The majority of the attendees were clergy and laity supporting the Rector, Father G. Larin and the Holy Virgin Protection Church Parish. Twenty ROCOR clergy - priests, deacons came from the tri-state area to give support and hear the Court ruling. in addition, 60 laity people came to give support to the Rector and Parish as well.

His honor, Judge Berliner, noticing the filled court room mentioned that he became aware that this issue at hand is of acute concern to the Russian Orthodox Church and its representatives present on that morning. 

At the outset, the Judge indicated to the the attorneys that he did not have the opportunity to bring himself up to date on the case, since the Plaintiff (Mr. Rodzianko), submitted additional complaint statements for Court considerations at a late hour of the previous day.

Judge Berliner directed the Plaintiff attorney to make his case in front of the Court. The attorney stated the Plaintiff's major complaint was to have the Court restrain the Nyack Parish from furthering its union with the Moscow patriarchate.

The Nyack Parish attorney, in rebuttal indicated to the Court that the union with the Moscow Patriarchate has already occured five years ago in 2007 and the restraining order is a moot point. Furthermore, in accordance with the ROCOR and MP Union Agreement. the Nyack Parish is governed as before, under the By-Laws stipulated by ROCOR as written over forty years ago and no Moscow Patriarchate influence is brought to bear. Judge Berliner ruled that no restraining order from the Court will be imposed. 

Judge Berliner at the end of the hearing, thanked the attorneys for their statements and indicated that he will read the affidavits, attorney statements and will be in touch with the attorneys shortly as to his decision on how to proceed further.

Thus, the case is still open! We are waiting for Judge Berliner's decision. However this is an excellent moment on behalf of Father George Larin, the Church Council and Parish to thank the many, many supporters for their prayers and contributions we have received from all over the world to the Nyack Parish Defense Fund. 

This event, at the beginning was a shocker! - receiving a Court Hearing summons on Bright Monday and noting that the summons was formulated and recorded in the Rockland Court System on Holy week on Holy Thursday... However, now nearly a month later, we are clearly seeing this major event has brought forth more positive than negative aspects: i.e. overwhelming support for the Russian Orthodox Church and Parish; straddlers deciding to become supporters; uneducated in the ecclesiastical administration getting educated; appreciating ones membership in the Orthodox Church...

However, the battle is not over! Please continue to support us, the Russian Orthodox Church and your contributions are very very welcome! God Bless you!



Pontifical Liturgy
On May 6, 2012, His grace Bishop Jerome of Manhattan will celebrate Divine Liturgy on the day of Martyr St. George and St. Alexandra. The greeting of the Bishop is at 9:30 AM.

After the Divine Liturgy, the Sisterhood of the Parish is inviting all to the Church Hall for a festive lunch to meet with the Bishop and convey their best wishes for a long life to our Parish Father George Larin.

Establishment of the PARISH DEFENSE FUND

The Rector of the Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, Protopriest George Larin, and the members of the Parish Council, have hired an attorney to defend their church from a claim being heard in court on May 11, 2012.

Former parish member Oleg M. Rodzianko, who departed into schism, filed a claim in court against the parish for reestablishing canonical unity with the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate five years ago.

The lawyer, who has already successfully defended ROCOR property from schismatics, requires a retainer of $10,000. Nyack's Parish Council is appealing for financial help from its parishioners and all brethern and sisters in Christ, in the Fatherland and abroad.

Checks can be made out to: HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION CHURCH (memo: PARISH DEFENSE FUND), and sent to:

Holy Virgin Protection Church
38 South Mill Street
Nyack, NY 10960

Donations are tax deductible, and can also be made via PayPal:

Via PayPal: (button works with most browsers - if button does not work for you, please log into your PayPal account and send money to donation@hvpc.us - Thank You!)

The Parish is summoned to appear in Rockland Supreme Court

Trial Summons
The Rector, Father George Larin, of the Parish of the Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church has been summoned to appear in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on May 11, 2012 to answer the complaint of Mr. Oleg M. Rodzianko.

The complaint stipulated in the summons:

1- ...restraining the Parish of the Russian Orthodox Holy Virgin Protection Church from taking any further steps to merge its parish with the Moscow patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The summons was personaly served to our rector, on Bright Monday, April 16,2012.

This action on the part of the previous parishioner has precipitated numerous calls, e-mails supporting the parish and our most devoted Parish Rector, Most Reverend Father George Larin.

One significant example of support came from Archpriest Victor Potapov - Rector of the St. John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC. This unfortunate incident is very personal to Father Victor. His wife, Matushka Maria, is Mr. Rodzianko's niece.They have been close relatives for many many years. However, Mr. Rodzianko has been opposed to the unification of the ROCOR and MP right from the start. He left the Nyack Parish in 2007 - the very same year when the unification took place. Father Victor and Matushka Maria have been trying repeatedly to impress on their uncle to recant and reconsider his unfounded opposition to the re-unification. Their efforts were fruitless

Now five years later, Mr. Rodzianko continues his fight and has decided to sue the Nyack Parish hoping to prevent the unification through the NY State courts.This grievous act, however, has had a positive effect in that it generated waves of support for the Nyack Parish. One of the supporters as mentioned before is Father Victor. He wrote on April 24th, a denouncing and open letter to his uncle Oleg M. Rodzianko, imploring his uncle to nullify his suit, recant his schismatic actions against the Orthodox Church and seek repentance.

I have been given the blessing to publish this letter on our website. The purpose is two fold. Firstly, we can have a better understanding of the administrative historical functionality of the Church. It is beneficial for us all to read it. From such a document we will get a better understanding to how the Russian Orthodox Church Administrative Laws are administered; what roles the clergy and laity are allowed to have under such ecclesiastical rules and on what Gospel statutes are these laws based on. 

Secondly, the letter enumerates the unfounded arguments against the Parish.

The open letter follows:

WASHINGTON, DC: April 24, 2012
Open Letter from Protopriest Victor Potapov to Oleg Mikhailovich Rodzianko

Dear Uncle Oleg:

Christ is Risen!

By Divine mercy, we passed through Great Lent in prayer, and festively met the Resurrection of Christ, yet the second day of Pascha was marred by the shocking news that you have filed suit against Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack ("Oleg Rodzianko, Plaintiff - against - The Parish of the Russian Orthodox Holy Virgin Protection Church, Inc. - Defendant"). I can only imagine what it felt like for Protopriest George Larin, the Parish Rector, to receive a summons to court on such a joyous day.

Your monstrous undertaking against your home parish is profoundly amoral.

In his Epistle to the Church of Corinth, Apostle Paul writes: “I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 6:5-6). Apostle Paul implored his Corinthian flock not to appeal to civil court to resolve their own conflicts, since other principles of life act upon Christians which demonstrate that they are not of this world: “Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren” (1 Corinthians 6:7-8).

You are attempting to seize Church property in Nyack with the intention of handing it over to “Bishop” Agathangel, the leader of a schismatic group based in Ukraine, and wish to force Protection Parish to spend the donations of its parishioners on civil lawsuits.

You demand that the court halt the further unification of ROCOR with the MP. What further unification? It already occurred five years ago. This is a historical fact which you refuse to accept. Do you seriously hope that an American court will violate the Constitution of the United States and intervene in our internal Church life and order us to cease commemorating His Holiness the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church during divine services? Do you not understand that representatives of the American legal system have absolutely no interest whom Russian Americans commemorate during divine services, and whom they pray with?

Maybe you have forgotten that in America, the Church is separate from the state. Let me remind you that in 1970, during the height of the “Cold War,” the American Metropolia (now the OCA), entered into full Eucharistic communion with the Moscow Patriarchate, and, naturally, US civil authorities took no measures to intervene. And at that time, the MP was unable to make a single step without the approval of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

In your press release, you state that you have been a member of the Nyack parish since the 1950’s. Yet you deprived yourself of this honor five years ago, when you left this ecclesiastical community in protest under the pretext that you were forced to do so, after the Rector forbade you from Communion. Every priest possesses the right to “bind and to loosen” and can ban any layperson from approaching the Holy Chalice should he deem that this individual might lead a reprehensible way of life, and that Holy Communion would be to his “judgment and condemnation.” Even a cursory reading of the Normal Parish By-Laws of ROCOR makes clear that by your escapade, you fell from ecclesiastical communion and have deprived yourself of membership in the parish.*

Further in your press release and the documents you filed with the court, you say: “By joining the MP, the Parish effectively places its members, U.S. citizens and/or residents, under the rule of a foreign government that is openly hostile to the U.S.”

What does Eucharistic/prayerful communion with the Church in Russia have to do with subjugation of us, the flock of ROCOR, to a “hostile foreign government”—a territory which, by the way, is where your children, citizens of the US, live and earn a good living? Is such success even possible in any such pro-Communist and “hostile foreign government”?

You force Holy Virgin Protection Parish to hire lawyers for quite a bit of money in order to argue against this gibberish in court—and irresponsible waste the time of the judiciary, forcing them to confirm a banal truth known by schoolchildren throughout the world, and that is: the Soviet Union and the Communist regime ceased to exist in 1991.

In August, 1991, you were in Moscow attending the Congress of Compatriots, where together with everyone else, you experienced the putsch and became a witness to the genuine miracle of the global fall of communism—and now you maintain that nothing in fact changed, that communism is alive and well in Russia!

Obviously, you and your companions carefully planned this action of harassing Protection Parish during Great Lent—a period during which Orthodox Christians are called to other things. Your complaint was filed on April 12, Great Thursday. What thoughts passed through your head during the reading of the 12 Gospels, when the Holy Church sorrowfully remembers the betrayal of Christ by the impious Judas? One cannot call this agitation prepared during the period of Great Lent, Passion Week and through the second day of Pascha anything less than the work of the Devil.

Twelve years ago, while in Moscow, you found yourself in a Kremlin hospital at death’s door as a result of internal bleeding. You were ministered to, confessed and given communion by a priest of the MP. At that time you repeated how much consolation it had brought you and how it strengthened your faith that everything would pass. When death threatened, you recognized the MP as the Church of God.

And now? 

You are 89. Death is not far off. What will your passage from temporal existence to life eternal be like? Will it be a “Christian ending to your life, painless, blameless,” or the death of a proud schismatic and tempter of “these little ones”?

In the documents filed with the court, you list the achievements of you and Aunt Tanya in benefit of the Nyack parish. Do you not understand that as a result of your rebellious schismatic actions and by means of this lawsuit, you have scratched out all your “good deeds,” as though they had never taken happened? Even worse, you present your “achievements” as an argument to the court to support your “right” to sue the parish!

The words of St John Chrysostom are appropriate here, which were referenced by your father in his brochure on the history of ROCOR:

Nothing is so offensive to God as divisions in the Church. Although we may have performed a thousand good deeds, we are subject to censure no less than those who have tortured His Body, if we rend the body of the Church. That is the reason we say all this, and remind you of all this, so that you would not be able to say at that last day: 'nobody told us, nobody explained, we did not know this, and certainly did not regard it as a sin.' And so I say as a witness, that to produce divisions in the church is no less an evil than to fall into heresy. Since every one of you is mature and will answer for his deeds, I ask that you, placing all the blame on us, do not count yourselves blameless, and in such fashion deluding yourselves, harm yourselves in vain." (М.М. Rodzianko, The Truth About the ROCA, New York, 1954, pp. 1-2).

Even in 1974, Alexander Solzhenitsyn addressed the Third All-Diaspora Council with the following words:

I see no other healthy path for every living thing, for any nation, for society, for any human group, and of course, moreover for the Churches by their own very nature, any other path except to recognize their own faults, and not the sins and faults of others; repentance in them; movement and development by restraining themselves first and foremost. This is the universal path, and there is no basis to propose anything different for the Russian Orthodox Church—free or enslaved, abroad or in the homeland. The sins of centuries and sins of decades lie upon us all, not only upon some church current, there is no ecclesiastical organization pure of them; we all comprise Russia and we all made her what she is today… Paradoxically, any stance assumed, in order to preserve its position undistorted, must develop with time” (From the “Open Letter of AI Solzhenitsyn to the Third All-Diaspora Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia”).

But how much has changed over the last twenty years, both in Russia and here, abroad! In the words of the uncompromising warrior against communism, Solzhenitsyn, “Paradoxically, any stance taken, in order to preserve its position undistorted, must develop with time.”

By Divine mercy and the prayers of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, the atheist regime crumbled, and the Church in Russia is no longer persecuted.

As early as 1991, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II, publicly, in the press, brought his repentance, in a statement regarding the Declaration of Metropolitan Sergius. Unfortunately, this and other statements by the MP are ignored by you and your supporters:

That declaration is part of the history of our Church. As a person of the Church, I must take upon myself responsibility for everything that happened in the life of my Church: not only the good, but that which was difficult, lamentable, and erroneous. It would be too simple to say, ‘I did not sign it and don't know anything…'  

Today we are able to say that untruth was mixed in his [Metropolitan Sergius'] Declaration...  

Defending one thing, he had to make compromises in something else. Were there other organizations or other people among those who had to bear responsibility not only for themselves but for the fate of thousands of others, who in those years in the Soviet Union did not have to proceed in like manner? It is not only before God, but also before all of those people to whom the compromises, silence, forced passivity or expressions of loyalty that the Church leadership allowed themselves to make in those years brought pain that I ask forgiveness, understanding and prayers” (Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate, № 10, 1991).

In the words of Apostle Paul, we are all obligated to suffer any schism within the Church as a stabbing pain in the Body of Christ: “[T]hat there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).

Thank God, at the beginning of the new century, His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II and His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory heeded the words of Apostle Paul and manifested the great deed of uniting the two branches of the Russian Church.

Our ROCOR remains autonomous and self-governing today. The second point of the Act of Canonical Communion states: “[T]he Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is independent in pastoral, educational, administrative, management, property, and civil matters, existing at the same time in canonical unity with the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

In your civil suit you declare that the decisions of the All-Diaspora Council of 2006 were illegal; you are bothered by the fact that you were not consulted as to whether to join with the MP, and you come to an original conclusion: that this is a “violation of human rights.”

Everything you have undertaken against the Church in recent years is suffused with abominable politics. Read again the New Testament and ponder what the Word of God calls us to: it calls us to love, not to protect “human rights.”

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:1-7).

I implore you: soberly compare the words of Apostle Paul with the text of your suit against the Nyack parish. The suit you filed is as a “sounding brass” or a “tinkling cymbal.” 

You behave like a genuine Protestant for whom this simple truth is alien: that the Orthodox Church is hierarchal because it is Apostolic, and it has no place for democracy. 

In your complaint you reach fantastical statements and demands. On one hand you affirm that the Church in Russia remains in the grip of Sergianism and is subjected to the state, and on the other hand, you demand that an American court intervene in the internal life of the Church and grant you the right to take possession of the parish and to take Communion. You wish for the American courts (the state) to subject the Church to its will. You are imposing a new form of Sergianism in the post-Communist 21st century!

Is it not time for an 89-year-old man to set aside politics and wholly devote himself to repentance and thoughts of the eternal life?

"God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

To judge a church community—a part of the Body of Christ—is an act of pride, equivalent to spiritual suicide. I fear for you and your allies. Come to your senses before it is too late and while the merciful Lord grants you the opportunity in this life.

Do not bring disgrace to yourself and your family. What legacy will you leave your grandchildren and multitude of kinfolk? If you do not repent and convert, I am afraid that you will be remembered as a person who committed a terrible blasphemy against the Church of God…

Since you bring public suit against Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, consider this an open letter.

I wish you all the best from the three-day Resurrected Lord God and Our Savior Jesus Christ,

Protopriest Victor Potapov

_____________________________________________________

* PART 3. (Parishioners and Parish Members.)

11. All Orthodox Christians of both sexes, regardless of their nationality, who have reached the age of 21, who pay the established membership dues, who make their confession and take Holy Communion not less than once a year, and who tend to the moral and economic welfare of the parish may become parish members.

Note 3: Those who make confession to a priest other than their parish priest must present the latter with a document from the former attesting to their having made confession.

13. All parish members, except those mentioned in Note 2 under Paragraph 11, who regularly pay the membership dues and other obligatory dues fixed by the diocesan meetings, shall have the right to participate with a decisive vote in all parish meetings, to elect parish officials and to be elected to parish offices.

Note 2: Parish members who shall have failed to pay their membership dues during three months shall be deprived of their rights to vote and to be elected to parish offices pending the payment of such arrears. Parish members who have failed to pay their membership dues during twelve months shall be excluded from parish membership. However, should a parish member fail to pay his dues with valid reason (illness, unemployment, etc.) the question of his right to vote shall be determined by the Parish Council.

14. Parish members found disloyal to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and to their parish; or who deliberately neglect Church rules and obstruct lawfully adopted resolutions of the parish meetings and the instructions of the Parish Council, as well as those who shall have violated good order and decorum in the church or who shall be found engaged in some ignoble occupation may be excluded from parish membership by decision of the Parish Council, submitted by the latter for approval of the Ruling Bishop. The said persons may be restored in their rights by decision of the Parish Council provided they repent and prove by their ways of living and behavior their moral rectitude.

 


Sisterhood Rummage sale

On May 3-5, 2012, the Sisterhood of the Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack will hold its Annual Rummage Sale in the Church Hall.

Bring your items to the Church Hall after Easter, April 15, 2012.

KULICHI SALE!!!
KULICHI SALE

On Palm Sunday, April 8th, After the Divine Liturgy. the Sisterhood of the Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, will be selling Kulichi in the Church Hall, 51 Prospect Street, Nyack, NY 10960

1 pound : $12.00
1.5 pounds: $18.00
2 pounds : $25.00
3 pounds ; $36.00

Adorned covering, add $8.50


Orders can be placed by calling
Gloria Clark

914 432-8932

Sacrament of Holy Unction

On Palm Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 4:00PM, in our Holy Temple, His Grace, Vicar Bishop Jerome of Manhattan will officiate at the Sacrament of Holy Unction. Everyone is invited!


Parish Annual Meeting -Highlights

On March 4, 2012, in accordance with the Laws of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), our Parish held its Annual General Meeting where all-paying Parish members were requested and invited to participate.

The highlights of the meeting are enumerated below:

  1. Father George Larin opened the meeting with a call to prayer. He reported on the spiritual and secular life of the Parish. The Parish members are actively involved in both spheres. Many have taken the Sacraments of Penance, Communion and Holy Unction in the past year. It is worthy of note that the Sacrament of Holy Unction is planned for April 8th, 2012 - officiated by His Grace, Vicar Bishop Jerome of Manhattan. Secular activities of the Parish were many. Many of these events were organized for the main purpose to raise funds for the Parish, Diocese and Charitable causes. The main events were: Maslenitsa (Blini) at the Russian Consulate - a smashing success! Russian Boutique - ever growing event in attendance and accolades by our American solicitors; Rummage Bazaar and the Sunday Lunches. The Parish was visited by many interested people and clubs. One of note was the Saturday visit of the West Point Cadets. The future Army officers were interested in the Russian Culture that they could experience in our Parish. They were given a tour of the School; Church - with a brief explanation of the architecture, symbolisms, and icons and then were invited to have a Russian Lunch prepared by the Sisterhood- Borsch, pelmeni and Kissel - a true Russian meal! Also that Parish- with generous donations from the Parishioners was able to put on a new roof over the Church. This year our Parish was selected by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion to host the Eastern American Diocese Conference. The main theme of the upcoming Conference, at the directive of the Patriarch Kiril, is the review of clerical activities that have resulted from the merging of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2007. Conference participants will be predominantly ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate. The Orthodox Church of America (OCA) is also invited to participate.
  2. Sisterhood Report underscored their activities. Namely the Russian Boutique - new Russian dishes offered; Church tour - with over 150 participants. Overall it’s estimated that in the two day time span, over 1,000 people visited our Parish! The 3 day Rummage sale brings many to our hall to buy clothes and other items at a lesser price. This is also an event that helps the community. The Sunday Lunches brings many of the parishioners together after the Divine Liturgy to sit and spend some time together. The Sisterhood, being one of our large financial benefactors to our Church- this past year, bought a dough rolling machine that greatly helped our Sisterhood members that bake our Prosphoras. The Sisterhood then reported on their financial status. Their financial position is quite healthy.
  3. School Report highlighted that the student enrollment is up and the curriculum is taught by very able and dedicated teachers. The teacher inter relationship is commendable - they substitute for each other whenever needed. The Christmas plays, Poetry contests and other venues are very popular activities among students and teachers alike.
  4. The Treasurer's Report highlighted the increase in last year’s revenue in the following areas: Donations-nearly double from last year; Candle sales were significantly higher; House rental on the increase; fundraising -slightly higher than last year; School enrollment is on a significant rise and thus more revenue. The net income for last year, ending in August 31, 2011 was in the positive territory in a very significant way also due to a reduction on the expense side as well. The main areas of reduction were in the insurance premiums (Change of carrier); Utilities reductions for the hall (better management of heat and lighting) and repairs. In summary, the Finances of the Parish are in the black.
  5. The Audit Committee report indicated that all the books - Sisterhood, Bookstore and that of the Treasurer (Parish -overall) were reviewed in its entirety. The income and expenses were all accounted for. Several suggestions were made to the Parish as to what accounting practices should be considered to make the function more streamlined and in accordance with accounting practices.
  6. The proposed and election of Parish Officers were recorded:
    1. Parish Council: Father George Larin; Father Elias Gorsky; Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis; Mr. Kiril Zaporoshan - Warden, Mrs. Marie Zaporoshan – Assistant Treasurer, Mrs. Anastasia Lopoukhine – Elder Sister, Mr. Serge R. Lopoukhine- Treasurer, Mr. Serge Rylov.
    2. Auditing Committee: Mr. Joseph Kollar- Chairman, Mr. Alex Umrichin, and Mr. Eugene Troubetzkoy.
    3. Warden: Mr. Kiril Zaporoshan was elected to replace long-standing Mr. Nikolai A. Lopuchin who had to relinquish his post due to severe illness.
    4. Sisterhood: (elections held on 3/11/12): Anastasia Lopoukhine (Elder Sister); Assistant Elder Sister: Gloria Clark; Treasurer: Mrs. E. Troubetzkoy; Secretary: Ms. E. Miloradovich.

2012 Maslenitsa

Once again, The Parish of the HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH is happy to invite all of you to our Maslenitsa - BLINI Banquet. This year the Annual event will take place on Friday, February 24, 2012 in our large and spacious Hall, located at
 51 Prospect Street, Nyack, NY 10960.

The festivities will begin at 7:30PM. Dinner will be served from 8 PM until 10 PM. Dancing to live orchestra will begin at 10 PM until 1 AM.

There will be a silent auction with wonderful prizes of different categories.

Price: $60.00 per person
For information, please call Mrs. M. Zaporoshan - 201 891-0594

Find the order form below. Click on it, copy it, print it, fill it out and send it with payment to:
"Blini 2012 Committee"
P.O. Box 293
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Place your orders early!
Seating spaces are limited and tickets ARE NOT SOLD at the door.
Deadline for ticket sales is
February 19,2012.



40th Anniversary of the repose of Protopriest Seraphim Slobodskoy

 

November 5, 2011

 

Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church, Nyack, New York

 

 

 

On a bright chilly but sunny Saturday morning, at 9 AM Archpriest George Larin greeted His Grace Vicar Bishop Jerome of Manhattan. Upon entering the Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church, the Bishop was greeted by 14 additional clergy:

 

 

 

1-Archpriest Andrei Semyanko – Church of the Presentation of Christ, Stratford, CT

 2-Archpriest Elias Gorsky – Holy Virgin Protection Church, Nyack, NY 

3-Archpriest Vladimir Danylevitch – Saint John the Baptist Cathedral, Washington, DC

 4-Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky –  Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Church (OCA), Sea Cliff, NY 

5-Archpriest Daniel McKenzie – St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Miami FL

 6-Archpriest Andrei Papkov - Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, Des Plains, IL 

7-Archpriest  Seraphim Gan – St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, Sea Cliff NY

 8-Father Constantine Semyanko - Church of the Presentation of Christ, Stratford, CT 

9-Father G. Higgins – NY, NY

 10-Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow – Holy Trinity Stavropegial Monastery, Jordanville, NY 

11-Protodeacon Sergei Arlievsky – Holy Dormition Novo-Diveevo Stavropegial Convent, Nanuet, NY

 12-Protodeacon Paul Volkoff- St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, Sea Cliff NY 

13-Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis- Holy Virgin Protection Church, Nyack, NY

 14-Deacon George Temidis – Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Mahopac, NY 

 Being the 5th of November, when the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of Saint James the Apostle- Brother of our Lord Jesus Christ and the 1st Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Pontifical Divine Liturgy of Saint James was celebrated. The choir was impressive – over thirty strong and sang beautifully the Liturgy that is seldom celebrated. The Church was filled to capacity. After the Divine Liturgy, a solemn and prayerful Panihida for the reposed Father Serafim Slobodskoy (Parastas) was offered.

 After the Church service, the clergy and laity were invited by the Sisterhood of the Parish to the Church Hall to a bountiful luncheon of pork loin, pelmeni, assorted vegetables and other delicacies. The Hall was filled to capacity – over 200. 

 Once everyone was served – buffet style, Father George Larin greeted everyone and shared his fond memories of Father Seraphim Slobodskoy – a dedicated pastor, devoted man to God and his fellow man. Next to speak was Father Seraphim Gan. He read to the audience a warm and touching greeting from His Holiness of All Russia and Moscow, Patriarch Kirill:

 “I send my heartfelt greetings to all of you who have gathered on this day in New York to honor the memory of Protopriest Seraphim Slobodskoy. 

It brings me joy that these events have united those for whom the spiritual legacy of this eminent clergyman is real and vital. With the help of the textbook The Law of God, published by Fr Seraphim over fifty years ago, several generations of our compatriots have been reared in faith and piety. And today, despite the publication of many new books, the students of Orthodox parish and religious schools throughout the world continue to turn to this textbook, written by a good pastor and talented teacher. It is notable that the day of his death coincided with the St Dimitry Saturday of the Commemoration of the Dead [“Parents’ Saturday” in Russian—Ed.] when the Holy Church raises special prayers for the repose of warriors who laid down their lives for the Faith and Homeland. Indeed, the late pastor, as a true warrior for Christ, served God faithfully, as well as his Homeland and the flock of the Russian Orthodox Church scattered throughout the world.

  I express special gratitude to Alexei Seraphimovich Slobodskoy, who undertook to write a book on the life and various works of his father. I raise my own prayers for the repose of the soul of the esteemed Protopriest Seraphim.

I wish all those in attendance good health, courage and successes in their own
labors. 

 

 

 May the blessing of the Lord be with you all,

 

 +KIRILL
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

 

 Father Serafim Gan also added the best wishes from His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion – currently in Australia -to the family and to all gathered, that Father Seraphim Slobodskoy was remembered especially, during the litany for the reposed at the Divine Liturgy served in Sydney.

 

Protodeacon Victor Lochmatow then shared with the assembly his recollections and that of his brethren from the Holy Trinity Monastery in honor of Father Seraphim. Mr. George V. Joukoff then came to the podium and related to the audience the major role that Father Seraphim had for many years as the spiritual beacon to all during the summer months at camp N.O.R.R.

 

Mr. Alexis S. Slobodskoy was invited to the podium as the keynote speaker of the event. Mr. Alexis Slobodskoy brought with him his recently written and published 190 page illustrated book about his Father- Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy- titled “Life and Heritage”.

 

 The forty five minute presentation was embellished with touching photographs depicting the life of Father Seraphim from his childhood, life in the Soviet Union; the army; war; prisoner; life in Germany; meeting his future wife; marriage; arrival to America and Nyack; the building of the Church; the writing of the world-known book “The Law of God”, etc.. The talk was so well put together and delivered with such love; one could not hear any distracting noise in the overfilled hall for all of the 45 minute talk. Once Mr. Slobodskoy finished his talk, there was thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

 

Father Andrei Papkoff then shared his memories of the dear pastor and he reiterated many of the traits of the kind priest that was said by the previous speakers.

 

 In conclusion, the event brought the memories of Father Seraphim – in sharper focus to those who had the honor of knowing him and to those who did not, wish they did have the opportunity of meeting him.

40th Anniversary of the Repose of Father Seraphim Slobodskoy - 11/05/11

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MOSCOW: November 4, 2011
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia Sends a Greeting to the Participants of the Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Death of Protopriest Seraphim Slobodskoy

 

To Protopriest George Larin,
Rector of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY,
the Organizers, Participants and Guests of the Memorial Services on the
40th Anniversary of the Repose of Protopriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
(November 5, 2011, Nyack, NY, USA)

 

Very Reverend Father George,
Reverend Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters:

 

I send my heartfelt greetings to all of you who have gathered on this day in New York to honor the memory of Protopriest Seraphim Slobodskoy.

 

It brings me joy that these events have united those for whom the spiritual legacy of this eminent clergyman is real and vital.

 

With the help of the textbook The Law of God, published by Fr Seraphim over fifty years ago, several generations of our compatriots have been reared in faith and piety. And today, despite the publication of many new books, the students of Orthodox parish and religious schools throughout the world continue to turn to this textbook, written by a good pastor and talented teacher.

 

It is notable that the day of his death coincided with the St Dimitry Saturday of the Commemoration of the Dead [“Parents’ Saturday” in Russian—Ed.] when the Holy Church raises special prayers for the repose of warriors who laid down their lives for the Faith and Homeland. Indeed, the late pastor, as a true warrior for Christ, served God faithfully, as well as his Homeland and the flock of the Russian Orthodox Church scattered throughout the world.

 

I express special gratitude to Alexei Seraphimovich Slobodskoy, who undertook to write a book on the life and various works of his father.

 

I raise my own prayers for the repose of the soul of the esteemed Protopriest Seraphim. I wish all those in attendance good health, courage and successes in their own labors.

 

May the blessing of the Lord be with you all,

 

+KIRILL
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia


Holiday Boutique a la Russe - A Russian Festival: 11/19-20/2011

The Annual Russian Festival will be held on Saturday, November 19 2011 from 10 AM until 5:30 PM and on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 11:00AM until 5:30 PM. Once again many visitors are expected!

Fine Gifts and Craft vendors have already reserved their places in the Church Hall to full capacity!

The Sisterhood, is already preparing fine Russian dishes to be offered to all who come to the Festival. Russian beverages will also be served.

Live music will be offered by a fine Russian Orchestra. Parish school children will entertain with Russian folk dancing and song!

Church tours will be held. Emphasis of the tour will be on our cherished 2000 year old Christian unchanged Orthodox faith and worship - its architecture, iconography, symbolism, service cycle and other beliefs.

All are welcome and the entry to the Festival and Tour are free!

See you then!

November 5, 2011: 40th Anniversary of the Repose of Archpriest Serafim Slobodskoy

His Grace, Bishop Jerome, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, on November 5, 2011 will officiate at Divine Liturgy of St James at Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the repose of Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy, past Rector (1955 – 1971) and author of the famous “Law of God” book.


The Feast Day of the Protection o the Holy Virgin: October 14, 2011
His Grace Bishop Jerome, Vicar Bishop of the Eastern American Diocese will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the Parish Feast Day.

New items in our bookstore!

New items are being offered in our bookstore. Please go to our Bookstore section to see photos of the new gold crosses and Pascha molds!

Bishop Jerome reads the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete

On Wednesday, March 9th, 2011, His Grace, Bishop Jerome Vicar Bishop of Manhattan arrived at our Church, The Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church. His Grace, during the Great Compline, read the third installment of the Great Canons of Saint Andrew of Crete.

Photos of His Grace are enclosed below.

1st Day of Great Lent: March 7, 2011

1st week of Great Lent- Great Compline: Reading of St. Andrew of Crete Canon
Father George Larin and Father Ilya Gorsky reading the Great Canon on the first day of Great Lent.

Forgiveness Sunday Vespers

Pictures above were taken during our Forgiveness Sunday Vespers on March 6, 2011. Here the attending parishioners ask one another for forgiveness for any transgressions committed against one another. This is a centuries old tradition in the Orthodox Church as one enters into the period of Great Lent.

Sunday March 6, 2011: Blini in Church Hall

After Vespers, the Sisterhood prepared a sumptuous Blini lunch for the Parish in the Church Hall. Many attended and music was provided for the dancing pleasure of our teenagers and young. (Photos were taken via iPhone.)

For your information, photos of the Maslenitsa Banquet Dinner held at the Russian Federation Consulate are posted in the "Maslenitsa/Banquet" Section of the website.

Upcoming Parish Events

Kulichi Sale
Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011
(advance orders, call Gloria Clark: 914 432-8932)

Breaking of the Fast (Easter Night)
Sunday, April 24, 2011
(reservations, call Gloria Clark: 914 432-8932)

Feast of the Sisterhood
(Myrrh-bearing Women) Trapeza
Sunday, May 8, 2011


Parish Rummage Sale
May 12-14, 2011

Sisterhood Meeting
to be held in the month of September 2011

Feast of the Parish
Holy Virgin Protection
Trapeza
October 14th, 2011 after Divine Liturgy


Holiday Boutique a la Russe
November 19, 20, 2011

The Church Bulletin Board is complete

Finally the Church bulletin board is finalized! Placement of the of the Holy Theotokos with the Protection Veil was completed this sunny afternoon!

Father George Larin brought the icon into the middle of the Church. It was placed on the analoi and the Rite of the Blessing of the Icon was performed, ending with the blessing of the Icon with Holy Water.

The Icon of the Holy Virgin Protection- Patron of our Parish-  was then affixed to the board facing the street above the Name of the Parish.

The above photos show the latest results. We hope our parishioners and visitors will like the final results.

Website Statistics

Observations:
In the early part of December we have achieved a milestone! We reached over one million hits on our website (1,003,000). We anticipate to have over 1,055,081 hits by the end of the year. Unique visitors volume increased by 16%. We experienced an 11% increase in number of visits to our website. Pages viewed rose by 12% when compared to last year's total and the website hits increased by 2%. it is noteworthy to state that our website is being viewed by more countries than in the past. The United States ratio has dropped by 4% due to this fact.

In 2009, we had twice as many surfers than in 2008. New visitors doubled in number; number of visits was two fold; pages viewed increased by thirty three percent and hits (files requested from the server) rose by eighty four percent. November was again the most active month of our parish site and the most active hour was 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

Statistics

2010 (In Green): 2009 (In Blue):  2008 (In Red)

Unique visitors (new IP): 10,864: 9,356 : 4,701
Number of visits: 16,271: 14,626 : 7,237
Pages checked:390,972: 349,189 : 262,433
Hits (files requested from server):1,055,081; 981,911 : 533,286
Most active month:November: November : November
Most active hour: 12 Noon; 4 PM : 9 PM
Top 10 Country - viewers in 2010:USA (76%);Canada (2%); Russia (2%); The next 8 countries (1% each): Turkey, Germany, Great Britain, Indonesia, Australia, France and Romania. The remaining 12% of the total encompasses one hundred and eight (108 ) countries!

Top 10 country-viewers in 2009: United States (88%); Canada (2%); Russia (2%); Greece-Australia-Germany-Great Britain-Turkey-Indonesia and Latvia.

Top 10 country-viewers in 2008: United States (88%); Canada (2%); Australia (1%); EU-Great Britain-Japan-Germany-Russia-France and China.

 


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