75th Anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy
Fathers ofthe Seven Ecumenical Councils
On Saturday, November 2/15 and Sunday, November 3/16, the
Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical
Councils, located in New York City, celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Holy Fathers Church was especially blessed by the presence
of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, His Eminence Archbishop
Hilarion and His Grace Bishop Gabriel, as well as the Kursk-Root
Icon of the Mother of God.
On Saturday, a pannihida was served for the reposed founders
and parishioners of Holy Fathers Church. This was followed
by an all-night vigil and the unveiling of a new patronal
icon. On Sunday, a lesser blessing of the waters was performed,
and divine liturgy celebrated, followed by a moleben [service
of supplication] and procession of the cross. After service,
a festive trapeza was held at a local hall with the assistance
of the Parish Sisterhood.
The celebration was especially significant for the parish
from an historical perspective. Holy Fathers is one of the
few parishes celebrating its 75th anniversary. Further, it
was His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus (then Bishop Laurus),
who, at the completion of the current church building in 1966,
performed the blessing of the cross atop the cupola.
The Metropolitan and Archbishop Hilarion had each, at one
time, been Bishop of Manhattan. Thus, with the presence of
Bishop Gabriel, the current Bishop of Manhattan, the parish
was honored to have in attendance all three of the living
Bishops under whose omophorion the Holy Fathers Church has
Attended by over 200 persons, during this joyous event, numerous
priests, deacons, subdeacons and altar boys augmented the
altar, and a large choir especially assembled to sing the
debut of a newly-written service, by Brother Isaac Lambertsen,
to the Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Of note
is the fact that, while a service exists for the first six
Councils and another for the Seventh Council, it was not until
Saturday that a service commemorating all seven Councils had
During the celebration of the divine liturgy, the current
Rector, Fr. Alexander Botschagow, was awarded the kamilavka,
and diocesan gramatas [decrees of blessing] were awarded to
two subdeacons, the warden and six parishioners.
Fr. Alexander and the parishioners of Holy Fathers of the
Seven Ecumenical Councils Church wish to thank His Eminence
Metropolitan Laurus, His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion, His
Grace Bishop Gabriel and everyone who participated in this
most joyous celebration, and humbly ask that you keep
their parish in your prayers.