September 9, 2014
Metropolitan Hilarion visits St. Panteleimon’s Church
Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of September, His Eminence,
Metropolitan Hilarion, paid an archpastoral visit to
St. Panteleimon’s Church in Hartford, CT, where he led the
At the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy, His Eminence was
co-served by parish rector Archpriest Dionisy Nalitov, Archpriest
Brendan Crowley (rector of St. Nicholas Church in West
Springfield,MA), Archpriest Constantine Semyanko (rector of Holy
Presentation Church in Stratford, CT), Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff
(cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City), and
Deacon Alexei Jukoff.
For Fr. Dionisy and his Matushka Ksenia, originally from Tambov, the
service was especially joyous, because for the first time in St.
Panteleimon’s Church, the divine services were held in the presence
of a piece of the holy relics of the Holy Hierarch Pitirim of
Tambov, in honor of the 100th anniversary of whose glorification the
relics were presented to the parish. At the end of the service,
small icons were blessed on the relic and distributed to
parishioners and guests.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, a procession was held around the
church, after which His Eminence honored three parish laborers: Igor
Z. Vecheslov (one of the church’s founders and builders, who also
substantially donated to its construction) was presented a Synodal
gramota, while the Metropolitan presented Maria Shaposhnikov and
Katherine Collins with commemorative books for their diligent labors
on behalf of the parish and in adorning the church.
After the service, a bountiful luncheon was offered in the parish
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