On Friday, November 5, when the Church honors the memory of Holy Apostle James, the brother of the Lord in the flesh, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan paid an archpastoral visit to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, NJ, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy on the 40th day of the repose of cathedral Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov.
At the service, His Grace was co-served by:
- Archpriest Serge Lukianov (cathedral rector)
- Archpriest Vasily Andrejuk (cathedral cleric)
- Archpriest David Straut (rector of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Church in Rocky Hill, NJ)
- Archpriest Boris Slootsky (cathedral cleric)
- Abbot Siluan (Tumanov; chairman of the Publishing Council of the St. Petersburg Diocese, rector of the Churches of Sts. Peter & Paul in Shuvalov Park and St. Luke of Crimea in Ozerki, Russia)
- Archpriest Petro Kunitsky (cleric of Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn, NY)
- Archpriest Paul Ivanov (rector of Holy Myrrhbearers Church in Brooklyn, NY)
- Abbot Arseny (Manko; rector of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic, NJ)
- Archpriest Dimitri Jakimowicz (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Stratford, CT)
- Priest Stephan Kaznica (rector of Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Passaic, NJ)
- Priest Anthony Williams (parish cleric)
- Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski (parish cleric), and
- Deacon Dimitri Lisan (cathedral cleric).
The Liturgy was held under the aegis of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
Many relatives, friends, and parishioners of the cathedral, who had known him for many years came to pray for his repose.
At the end of the service, a panihida was served for the newly reposed Fr. Nicholas. Bishop Nicholas then addressed those gathered with kind words about the longtime cathedral protodeacon. His Grace knew Fr. Nicholas as a pious, kind-hearted man, who himself loved God and aided others in finding their way to the Church and was always ready to help others. His Grace urged the believers to continue praying for the repose of the soul of Fr. Nicholas.
A memorial repast was arranged for everyone in the cathedral hall, during which many kind words about Fr. Nicholas were shared. May his memory be eternal!
Howell, NJ: Bishop Nicholas celebrates Liturgy in St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on 40th Day of Repose of Protodeacon Nicholas Lukianov - 11/05/21
Photos: T. Veselkina - Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese