The School Year
Ends at Holy Trinity Seminary
On Sunday, 2 June the Graduation ceremony was held at Holy
Trinity Theological Seminary in Jordanville. The First Hierarch
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence
Metropolitan Laurus officiated at the Divine Liturgy at Holy
Trinity Cathedral with Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan and Bishop
Michael of Boston as well as a host of visiting clergymen.
After the trapeza a moleben of gratitude was served for the
end of the school year and the graduation ceremony was held
at the Seminary Hall.
The Seminary Choir sang two hymns. His Eminence Metropolitan
Laurus, Rector of the Seminary, gave a speech to the graduates
in which he wished that they not forget their alma mater and
Holy Trinity Monastery. The keynote speech was given by Protopriest
Alexander Lebedeff, an alumnus of Holy Trinity Seminary, on
the topic: łOn Pastoral Temptations.
After the speeches, the official portion commenced: the distribution
of awards and the bachelor degrees to the graduates.
On behalf of the graduates, reader Vitaly Efimenkov (Lvov/Los
Angeles) gave a speech in Russian and subdeacon Seraphim Chemodakov
(Australia) in English.
The Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Miracle-working
Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God was present in honor
of the occasion.