September 29, 2016
Methuen, MA: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Patronal Feast of St.
Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th of September, St. Xenia’s
Church in Methuen, MA celebrated its patronal feast day (on
September 11/24, 1978, the Russian Church Abroad glorified Blessed
Xenia of St. Petersburg). The festal divine services – All Night
Vigil on Friday evening and Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning –
were led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad,
Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York.
His Eminence was co-served by parish clergy: rector Archpriest
Michael Crowley, Priest Constantine Derosiers, and Deacon Alexander
Doohovskoy. At Vigil, they were joined by clerics of Holy Epiphany
Church in nearby Boston: rector Archpriest Victor Boldewskul and
Protodeacon Alexander Jarostchuk, as well as by Protodeacon
Dionysius Lvov (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New
York City, accompanying His Eminence); concelebrating at Liturgy
were Archpriest Spyridon Schneider (rector of St. John the Russian
Church in Ipswich, MA), Archpriest Brendan Crowley (rector of St.
Nicholas Church in Enfield, MA), and Priest Kevin Kalish (cleric of
Holy New Martyrs of Russia Church in Norwich, CT).
Many parishioners and guests communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion addressed the
faithful with a sermon, in which he spoke on the life of the Holy
Blessed Xenia, and noted the significance this wonderful ascetic
laborer has for our prayer lives. A short moleben was sung before
her icon, followed by a procession around the church.
After the service, the parish sisterhood – along with parishioners
Nicholas Chaplain cooking – prepared a bountiful luncheon for the
clergy and faithful. During the luncheon, students of the parish’s
Sunday school presented "The Days of Creation" before the
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese