April 5, 2016
Glen Cove, NY: Bishop Nicholas leads Joint Presanctified Liturgy
between Two Parishes
Friday, April 1, during the third week of Great Lent, a joint
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was served in
Virgin Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY between the clergy
and parishioners of that church and of its neighbor,
Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff. The Liturgy was led by
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese.
His Grace was co-served by the rectors of St. Seraphim and Holy
Intercession Churches – Archpriests Serafim Gan and Alexandre
Antchoutine (resp.), clerics of Holy Intercession Church Hieromonk
Photius (Oulanov) and Deacon Vladimir Barros, clerics of St.
Seraphim Church Protodeacons Paul Wolkow and Eugene Kallaur, and
Protodeacon Vadim Gan (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign
in New York City).
The tradition of holding joint Liturgies of the Presanctified Gifts
during Great Lent has been taking place in these two parishes for
several years. In the second week of Great Lent, on Friday, March
25, the Presanctified Liturgy was served in St. Seraphim Memorial
Church, where the service took place under the aegis of the
myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts,"
visiting from Moscow. The Icon also traditionally visits the
parishes and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese during
As has become customary, the joint lenten Presanctified Liturgies
are sung by a combined male choir under the direction of Peter
Fekula, conductor of the Hierarchal Choir at the Synodal Cathedral
and parishioner of Holy Intercession Church. Praying and communing
at the service were many parishioners of both churches.
Addressing the worshippers, Bishop Nicholas expressed support for
the idea of faithful from two churches gathering together for prayer
during Great Lent, noting that: "the more we will pray together, the
more easily we will complete the time of Great Lent and the more
easily we will achieve salvation."
Upon completion of the Liturgy, the parish sisterhood invited the
clergy and parishioners to a luncheon.
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