The First Hierarch Ends His Visit to Australia at the 50th
Anniversary Celebration of the Parish of the Mother of God
"Joy of All Who Sorrow" in Geelong
The visit of the Harbin Icon of the Mother of God "Joy
of All Who Sorrow" and the First Hierarch of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to Australia will long remain
unforgotten. They infused great joy and an elevated spirituality
to church life.
The feast day of St. John of Kronstadt was celebrated by the
First Hierarch and by His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion of
the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand at divine services
at Dormition Church in Dandegong, Victoria.
On Saturday evening, 1 November, and Sunday, 2 November, the
bishops served at the new Protection Cathedral in Melbourne,
one of the most beautiful churches in Australia. After Melbourne,
Vladyka Metropolitan and Vladyka Hilarion returned to Croydon,
where Archbishop Hilarion's namesday was celebrated on 3 November.
The archpastors marked the holiday of the Kazan Icon of the
Mother of God (4 November) at the Kazan Convent of Novoye
Sharmordino, near Sydney, Kentlyn. A multitude of clergymen,
and many laypersons of the Australian Diocese, participated
in all the services, in Melbourne, Croydon and Kentlyn.
The First Hierarch and Vladyka Hilarion returned to Victoria
to mark the 50th anniversary of the Parish of the Mother of
God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in Geelong. Before vigil,
the warden of the church, Pavel Vasilievich Paramonov, greeted
Vladyka Metropolitan at the narthex, under the newly-gilded
cupolas. Joining the bishops at services were Protopriests
Michael Protopopov, Nikolai Karipoff, Alexander Morozov, Nicholas
Dalinkeiwicz, Gabriel Makarov, Peter Sheko, George Lapardin,
Hieromonk Peter (Serbian Orthodox Church), the Rector of the
church, Priest Simeon Kichakov, Priest Nicolas de Carleton,
Protodeacons Joseph Jaroschuk, Peter Metlenko, Basil Yakimov
and Deacon Basil Kozulin. The Secretary of the Australian
Diocese, Protopriest Michael Boikov, led the choir. The choir
included other clergymen: Hieromonk John from Gethsemane Convent,
Protodeacon Herman Polorotov and Deacon Alexander Abramoff.
During the minor entrance, Fr. Simeon Kichakoff was awarded
the skufia, and Deacon Basil Kozulin was elevated to Protodeacon.
At the end of liturgy, all present were given printed copies
of the Harbin Icon of the Mother of God. The icons were a
gift to the parishioners of Geelong from Priest Boris Ignatievsky.
A brief history of the parish was read in two languages during
the trapeza. All participants of the celebration were given
a jubilee medal, and the First Hierarch and Archbishop Hilarion
were given commemorative albums.
The Geelong parish produced many clergymen for the Australian
Diocese over the years. This was evidenced by the priests
who had come from the parish who were present. The Metropolitan's
protodeacon, Fr. Joseph Jaroschuk, also spoke. he said that
the three weeks spent in Australian Diocese were for him most
joyful--everywhere the Metropolitan was greeted with genuine
love and warmth.
The following day, the First Hierarch, Protodeacon Joseph
Jaroschuk and Reader Nicholas Olhovsky departed for Los Angeles.
Most-Holy Mother of God save our First Hierarch!
Protodeacon Basil Yakimov