November 8, 2016
Glen Cove, NY: Holy Intercession Church celebrates 65th Patronal
Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th of October, the major feast of
the Protection of the Mother of God,
Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY celebrated its patronal
feast day. This year, the celebration was a special one, as the
parish was marking the 65th anniversary of its founding (on November
26, 1951, the ever-memorable Anastassy (Gribanovsky), second First
Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, founded the parish).
The parish celebrations began on Thursday evening with the serving
of the All-Night Vigil. In the presence of a large gathering of the
faithful, the Vigil was led by Eastern American Diocesan vicar
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, co-served by parish clergy: rector
Archpriest Alexandre Antchoutine, Abbot Photius (Oulanov), and
Deacon Vladimir Barros, as well as Hieromonk Tikhon (Gayfudinov;
rector of Holy Protection Skete in Buena, NJ), Protodeacons Paul
Wolkow, Eugene Kallaur (clerics of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in
Sea Cliff, NY), and Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition
Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY). After the service, all were
invited to a fraternal supper in the parish hall.
The following morning, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion
of Eastern America & New York. His Eminence was co-served by the
above-mentioned priests and deacons (excepting Protodeacon Serge),
as well as:
- Archpriest Mark Burachek (rector of Our Lady of Kazan Church in
- Archpriest George Zelenin (rector of St. Michael’s
Church in Paterson, NJ)
- Priest Ion Arama (rector of Holy
Annunciation Church in Flushing, NY)
- Priest George Temidis
(cleric of Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk
Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY)
- Hieromonk Silouan (Justiniano;
cleric of Holy Cross Brotherhood in East Setauket, NY)
Protodeacon Dionysius Lvov (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the
Sign in New York City), and
- Hierodeacon Dionysios (Hatcher;
cleric of Holy Cross Brotherhood in East Setauket).
and communing in the altar was Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky
(rector of neighboring Our Lady of Kazan Church in Sea Cliff).
At the Little Entrance, Deacon Vladimir Barros was awarded the right
to wear the double orarion for his dedicated service to the Holy
Hymning the divine services was a mixed choir of parishioners and
guests, under the direction of Peter and Adrian Fekula.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, parish rector Fr. Alexandre thanked
the Metropolitan for his archpastoral visit and prayers, and
presented him with an icon of the Holy Hieromartyr Vladimir
(Chetverin) of Mordovia with a piece of the martyr’s relics. On the
eve of the feast, an identical icon had been presented to Bishop
Metropolitan Hilarion then awarded Synodal gramotas to several
parishioners for their longtime service to the parish. Awarded were:
Matushka Tamara Ohotin, Gabriel G. & Olga D. Temidis, Maria A.
Jordan, Vladimir I. & Valentina S. Mikhailichenko, Andrew I. & Irina
F. Wolkow, and Ludmila A. Fekula.
The protodeacon then intoned the Polychronion to the clergy and all
of the parishioners, and after Liturgy all were invited to a festal
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese