Sunday, July 25, will mark the annual national St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations, in honor of the Baptism of the Russian people into the Orthodox Christian Faith by the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir. It is to this momentous occasion that the Orthodox faithful of the Russian land owe their entire cultural identity, while non-Russian Christians in many lands the world over owe to it their illumination in the bosom of Christ’s Church. In accordance with Diasporan tradition, the national celebrations in honor of St. Vladimir – the founder of Holy Russia and the first of the Russian saints ‒ will be held at St. Vladimir Memorial Church at 134 Perrineville Road in Jackson, NJ 08527.
Divine services will be led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad and ruling bishop of the Eastern American Diocese, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, co-served by Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and clergy of the Church Abroad. You are cordially invited to join us for the St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations!
Saturday, July 24th
5:00 PM: Panihida for Archbishop Vitaly and other founders in the lower St. Olga Church.
6:00 PM: Metropolitan Hilarion will serve All-Night Vigil in St. Vladimir Memorial Church.
Sunday, July 25th – National St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations
9:00 AM: Hours. Clergy should be vested in white vestments by 9:00 AM. A temporary vestry will be set up in the lower St. Olga Church.
9:30 AM: Greeting of Metropolitan Hilarion, followed by Divine Liturgy. A grand procession will be held after the Liturgy with the blessing of water.
Tuesday, July 24th
4:30 PM: Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos before the Kursk Root Icon.
6:00 PM: All-Night Vigil in St. Vladimir Memorial Church.
Wednesday, July 28th – St. Vladimir’s Day - Patronal Feast
9:00 AM: Greeting of the Bishop. Hours. Divine Liturgy.
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