February 16, 2016
Buena, NJ: Weekly Divine Services resume at Holy Protection Skete
twenty years, weekly divine services have resumed at
Protection Male Skete in Buena, NJ. The services began anew on
February 3 of this year, and will be held on Saturdays and great
feasts (Hours at 9:30 AM, Divine Liturgy at 10:00). On the first
week of Great Lent, the services will be held daily, with the
reading of the Penitential Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.
Construction of Holy Protection Church began in 1959 in the Cossack
settlement of "Novaya [New] Kuban," with the blessing and direct
participation of Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky) of Washington &
Florida. Frescos for the church were completed by the renowned
iconographer of the Russian Diaspora, Archimandrite Cyprian (Pyzhov)
of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, while the iconostasis
was the work of Bishop Daniel of Erie – at that time still the
layman Dmitry Alexandrow. The Cossack church became a place where
hundreds of Cossack refugees would gather and work tirelessly to
preserve their traditions and way of life.
the years to follow, the church nourished not only "Novaya Kuban,"
but also surrounding towns. In early 1964, a parish school and
library were organized at the church, and a Russian cemetery founded
on the parish grounds.
As the years went by, the Cossacks aged and the younger generations
moved away. For many years after the repose of the last rector –
Archpriest Nikolai Nekludoff – in 2004, the divine services were
held very rarely, and the parish was placed under the supervision of
Archpriest Liubo Milosevich of the neighboring Holy Trinity Church
In the autumn of 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America &
New York signed a directive organizing Holy Protection Male Skete at
the former parish. For the community’s spiritual nourishment and
rebirth, Hieromonk Tikhon (Gayfudinov) was assigned as rector of the
skete. The Divine Liturgy for the patronal feast day on October 14
of last year was celebrated by the secretary of the Eastern American
Diocese, Archpriest Serge Lukianov.
Many Cossack stanitzas, founded in America over the course of the
20th century, have ceased to exist. Among the several dozen churches
founded by the Cossacks, Holy Protection Church is one of the few
remaining, and everything in our prayers and in our power must be
done to prevent its closing and to ensure its future growth.
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