September 4, 2012
Jordanville: Annual Labor Day Celebrations in Honor of St. Job of
Pochaev were held in Holy Trinity Monastery
year in September, on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend,Holy
triumphantly celebrates the memory of its heavenly intercessor,
Venerable St. Job of Pochaev. This year, the celebration of St. Job
took place on September 1st and 2nd.
On Saturday, on the eve of the feast, a gathering of diocesan youth
undertook to establish a new tradition: beginning with a short
moleben in Holy Trinity Cathedral, about 25 young people, led by
diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov, Protodeacon Joseph
Matusiak (cleric of Three Hierarchs Chapel OCA in Crestwood, NY),
and Fr. Ephraim Willmarth (monastery cleric), set off in procession
around the monastery property. The famous Jordanville Cross marked
the midway point of the five-mile procession, where the Akathist in
Praise of God’s Creation was served, in honor of the Church New Year
(September 1 on the new calendar).
Upon their return to the monastery, the pilgrims were greeted by His
Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop George of Mayfield,
who thanked the youth for the spiritual labor they had undertaken,
and expressed his hope that this tradition might continue in the
Later that day, the clergy and worshipers who had gathered at the
main cathedral set off for the monastery cemetery to the Dormition
Church to greet the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God. Upon
returning to the main cathedral, Bishop George led the faithful in
singing the akathist to the great God-pleaser St. Job before the
icons of the Pochaev Mother of God, the Kursk Root Mother of God,
and St. Job. That evening, the All-Night Vigil was served.
Sunday morning, the early Liturgy was celebrated in Holy Trinity
Cathedral’s lower Church of St. Job of Pochaev. The festal Divine
Liturgy in the upper church was celebrated by His Grace, Bishop
George, co-served by monastery and
visiting clergy. After the Eucharistic Canon, Subdeacon Monk
Seraphim (Nikoloski) was ordained to the diaconate. The newly
ordained Hierodeacon Seraphim will fulfill his service at Holy
Upon completion of the Liturgy, a moleben with procession around the
cathedral was served. After the service, Bishop George greeted Fr.
Luke and his co-brothers and all of the faithful on the occasion of
the feast and thanked everyone for their prayerful participation in
the feast of St. Job of Pochaev.
After Liturgy, a festal luncheon was held for all of the monastery
guests. On behalf of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, Fr. Serge
Lukianov greeted the abbot, Fr. Luke, and the monastery brethren,
and presented Fr. Luke a framed group photograph from the Autumnal
Diocesan Clergy Conference, held last October in Holy Trinity
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