Howell, NJ: Diocesan celebrations of the feasts of the Royal
Martyrs and St. Vladimir
Tuesday, June 23, a regular meeting of the Diocesan Council was held in
Howell, NJ. The council approved official diocesan celebrations of the
feasts of the Royal Martyrs and St. Vladimir to be held in July of
July 17, 2009 will mark the 91st anniversary of the
martyrdom of the Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia. On this day,
festivities in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs will be held at St.
George’s Church in Freewood Acres.
On Thursday evening at 6:00 PM, the relics of the royal family will be
greeted, after which an All-Night Vigil with an akathist to
Tsar-martyr Nicholas II will commence. On Friday, July 17, the Divine
Liturgy will be served by a multitude of clergy from across the
diocese, led by Their Graces Bishops George and Jerome. After the
liturgy, a procession with the holy relics will be held, as well as a
luncheon in the Kuban Cossack Voisko hall. During the luncheon, a
unique montage, dedicated to the life and suffering of the Holy Royal
Martyrs, will be presented. The Cossack museum will also be open for
national celebration of St. Vladimir’s Day will take place this year
on Sunday, July 26, at St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.
On Saturday, July 25, a liturgy for the departed will be served in
memory of all of the founders and builders of this most important and
historic church, dedicated to the memory of the 1000 year anniversary
of the Baptism of Russia. The Liturgy will begin at 9:00 AM in the
lower church of the Protection of the Holy Theotokos, where the
ever-memorable Archbishops Vitaly and Nikon are encrypted. At 5:00 PM
the same day the greeting of our First Hierarch will take place,
followed by an All-Night Vigil.
Sunday, July 26, the great and holy icon of the Pochaev Mother of God
will arrive from Holy Trinity Monastery for the beginning of the
Diving Liturgy, which is to start at 9:30 AM with the greeting of His
Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion. After the Liturgy, a procession and
blessing of the water will take place, followed by a festive banquet.
All those who wish to take part in the banquet, please contact Fr.
Serge Ledkovsky by phone at (315) 868-2548.
is incumbent upon all of the rectors and clergy of parishes in the
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Deaneries to cancel services on these days
and take part in these festivities with their flock and fellow clergy.
The days on which we commemorate the Holy Royal Martyrs and St.
Vladimir are days of national Russian unity, and it is the duty of all
clergymen and of the Russian people to take prayerful and brotherly
part in them.
to all rectors and clergy of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Deaneries
regarding the celebration of the feast of the Royal Martyrs and St.
Office of the Eastern