of the 50th Anniversary of Holy Protection Church in Cabramatta
On Saturday, 25 October, the First Hierarch of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan
Laurus, arrived in Cabramatta. Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney,
Australia and New Zealand and the Rector of Protection Church
in Cabramatta, Priest Boris Ignatievsky, showed the First
Hierarch the parish school. Vladyka Laurus came in to several
classes, and the students joyfully answered questions and
demonstrated their knowledge.
At noon, at the Russian sports center, a lunch was held, organized
by the Russian-Chinese Orthodox Missionary Society of Sydney.
The spiritual father of the Society, Protopriest Michael Li,
greeted Vladyka Metropolitan Laurus at the entrance. Thereupon,
lunch was served, at which a children's choir sang church
songs in Chinese. Protopriest Michael Li recounted how he
became Orthodox. A speech given by Professor Jeremiah Norman
was of particular interest--he gave a bi-lingual (English
and Chinese) historical overview of the Pekin Ecclesiastical
Mission. At the conclusion of the luncheon, the Protodeacon
read out a Decree of Blessing [gramata] to the Boikov couple,
Vladyka Metropolitan blessed the children with small icons
and the Society was given an icon as a gift.
Before vigil, the children of Protection Church met the First
Hierarch with flowers, after which a pannikhida, or commemorative
service, was held for all reposed clerygmen, founders and
parishioners of the Parish. Vladyka Metropolitan was joined
by Archbishop Hilarion for the vigil service, along with Protopriests
Michael Klebansky, Nikita Chemodakov, Michael Li, Peter Sheko,
George Lapardin, Priests Boris Ignatievsky and Vladimir Tsukanov
and Protodeacons Joseph Jaroschuk, Basil Hadarin, Basil Yakimov,
German Polorotoff, Nicholas Triantafillidis, and Deacons Alexander
Kotliaroff and Alexander Korzhenevsky. Deacon Vadim Gan directed
the choir. Vigil ended at 11 pm.
Solemn divine liturgy was served on Sunday. Vladyka Metropolitan
devoted his sermon to the Mother of God. After liturgy, a
procession of the cross was held with a service of supplication.
Protodeacon Joseph read a Synodal gramata to the Protection
divine service, a trapeza feast was held at a municipal hall.
Reader Seraphim Shatrov presented a staff to Metropolitan
Laurus as a gift from Protection Parish. The main speech during
the trapeza was given by His Grace Bishop Gabriel, who was
reared in Protection Parish. A virtual pleiades of spiritual
figures had come from the Parish, especially as a result of
the influence of the rector and builder of the church, Protopriest
Rostislav Gan. In addition, congratulations were read from
Protopriest Gabriel Makarov, Protopriest Nicholas Karipoff
and the former Rector of the Parish, Priest Serafim Gan. Fr.
Michael Klebansky, the Rector of the Church, Fr. Boris, and
N.N. Sadovnikov also gave speeches. (Photo below: Metropolitan
Laurus, Archbishop Hilarion and Priest Boris Ignatievsky with
the members of Protection School.)
Archbishop Hilarion greeted the clergy, parishioners and guests
on the jubilee and thanked everyone who worked to organize
Protodeacon Basil Yakimov