On October 22, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Trinity Church in Vineland, NJ, and led the 70th anniversary celebrations there.
At Divine Liturgy, His Eminence was co-served by His Grace Saba, Bishop of the Georgian Apostolic Church in North America, and diocesan clergy: parish rector Archpriest Liubo Milosevich, Archpriests Luka Novakovic (cleric of St. Nicholas Monastery in North Ft. Myers, FL) and Seraphim Chemodakov (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ), Priest Serge Ledkovsky (deputy rector of St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ), Protodeacons Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY) and Leonid Roscko (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral), and Deacons Nathaniel Sorochka (cleric of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA) and Dimitri Krenitsky (parish cleric). Also serving was Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko (cleric of the Western American Diocese), Priest Eugene Solodky, and members of the Georgian Church delegation: Archpriest Theodore Gignadze, Priest Andria Midodashvili, Priest Joseph Ramishvili, and Priest Saba Tavadze.
The divine service proceeded under the aegis of the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.
Before the start of Liturgy, the Hawaiian Icon and then the two hierarchs were met by children throwing flower petals. Metropolitan Hilarion tonsured parish acolyte Ilya Mouravieff a reader.
After the Eucharistic Canon, Subdeacon George Sharonoff was ordained to the diaconate. The newly ordained Deacon George will fulfill his service at Holy Protection Mission in Lewisburg, PA, as well as at Christ the Savior Church in Sugar Notch, PA.
Upon completion of Liturgy, a moleben was served, with a procession was held around the church. Metropolitan Hilarion presented a diocesan gramota to the parish in honor of the 70th anniversary of its founding.
After the service, a bountiful luncheon was served in the parish hall, during which Fr. Stefan Pavlenko, a native son of the Holy Trinity community, presented the parish with an old gramota as an historic gift from the period of his rectorship there. Fr. Liubo thanked Metropolitan Hilarion and Bishop Saba for their archpastoral visit, his brother clergy for their prayers, and Subdeacon Nektarios for accompanying the Hawaiian Icon for the parish celebration. A historic video montage of the parish, featuring photos from its founding to the present, was then shown.