On Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of July, the feast of the repose of the Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York officiated at the divine services ‒ the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy ‒ for the patronal feast day of St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.
Concelebrating with His Eminence at Liturgy were two hierarchs: Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, joined by diocesan clergy: Archpriests Serge Lukianov (dean of New Jersey) and Luka Novakovic (rector of St. Michael Church in Philadelphia, PA), Abbot Eutychius (Dovgan; diocesan cleric), Archpriests Igor Tarasov (rector of St. George Church in Bayside, NY), Paul Ivanov (rector of Holy Myrrbearers Church in Brooklyn, NY), Leonid Goferman (rector of Holy Virgin Protection Church in New Brunswick, NJ), and Serge Ledkovsky (deputy rector of the Memorial Church), Protodeacon Andrej Strapko (cleric of Protection of the Mother of God Church in Rochester, NY) and Paul Drozdowski (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ), Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric), and Deacons Nicholas Ilyin (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY) and Rostislav Wojtenko (cleric of the Memorial Church).
The divine services were held under the aegis of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God. Faithful came to pray at the church’s patronal feast from several other parishes. Virtually all those present communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated the clergy and parishioners with their patronal feast, and addressed the faithful with a sermon, in which he said, in part, that we must always remember those who brought us Christ’s Holy Faith and, first among these, the Holy Equal of the Apostles Prince Vladimir, who before this was a pagan who worshipped the forces of nature, a man of particular cruelty. But the Lord saw in him a great spiritual future, and enlightened him. Prince Vladimir found Christ the Savior, was born again in the spirit, and brought the True Faith to his people.
Metropolitan Hilarion called on the faithful to thank God for giving us the Orthodox Faith through His saints, and to ask for the prayers of the saints and our pious forebears.
The Protodeacon intoned the Polychronion for the hierarchs, clergy, and all who prayed at the services. In keeping with tradition, the clergy and faithful gathered for a festal luncheon after the service.