On Sunday, July 28, the feast of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, celebrated Divine Liturgy and led the annual traditional St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations at St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.
Concelebrating with His Eminence were Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Archimandrite Elevferiy (Skiba; dean of "Inexhaustible Chalice" Church in Brooklyn, NY), Archpriests Serge Lukianov (rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ), Liubo Milosevich (rector of Holy Trinity Church in Vineland, NJ), and Boris Slootsky (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral), Abbots Eutychius (Dovgan; cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign) and Arseny (Manko; rector of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic, NJ), Archpriests Leonid Goferman (rector of Holy Protection Church in New Brunswick ,NJ), Seraphim Chemodakov (dean of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral) and Serge Ledkovsky (deputy rector of the Memorial Church), Protodeacons Dimitri Temidis (cleric of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY), Vadim Gan (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral), and Leonid Roschko and Paul Drozdowski (clerics of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral), and Deacons Michael Pavuk (cleric of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA), Pavel Roudenko (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral), and Rostislav Wojtenko (cleric of the Memorial Church).
After the Augmented Litany, a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for the Baptism of Russia was read.
Over the past years, a copy of the wonderworking Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God has been brought to the celebrations from Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY; faithful come from nearby states to pray before it.
A joint choir of parishioners and guests sang the divine service under the direction of Deacon Alexander Petrovsky (cleric of the Mid-American Diocese and son of longtime memorial church cleric, the ever-memorable Archpriest Philip Petrovsky).
A multitude of the faithful came to pray at Liturgy, arriving at the celebrations to pay homage to the Enlightener of Rus’ – the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir.
Upon completion of Liturgy, the clergy and faithful honored tradition by processing around the Memorial Church, and then blessing the water.
Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated everyone with the feast and wished for them never to forget to turn to the Holy Prince Vladimir in their prayers.
The church sisterhood prepared a festal luncheon, to which the clergy, faithful, and celebration guests were all invited. The people enjoyed catching up with one another, and talked for a long time at the luncheon and outside.