Day at Protection Church in Hollywood
14, 2004, Protection Church in Hollywood marked their feast day.
This year, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America
could not officiate at divine liturgy in our church, instead going
to Protection Church in Palo Alto, the Rector of which is Fr Vladimir
Deriugin. If God grants, Vladyka will visit our parish the following
Sunday. For this reason, on the feast day itself, the Dean of the
Third Deanery of the Diocese, Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff served,
along with the Parish Rector, Priest Peter Shashkoff, Protodeacon
George Grigoriev and Deacon Andrei Korobkov.
The choir sang
prayerfully and solemnly under the direction of V.M. Gor. After
liturgy, a moleben was served along with a procession of the cross
around the church. Then, Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff, greeting
the worshipers on behalf of himself and the Ruling Archbishop Kyrill,
wished the parishioners and worshipers to live in peace and to quietly
serve God and His Holy Church. In his response, Fr Peter thanked
the Dean for taking the time out of his very busy schedule, working
for the Church as a whole, for the Diocese and his own parish, assigned
to him by the Church hierarchy, in order to visit their parish and
share in the celebration of the Eucharist with them.
George Grigoriev read the text of a letter of thanks written by
Fr Sergii Maltsev, Rector of St George's Church of the Russian Orthodox
Church/Moscow Patriarchate in Beslan, in which he thanked the Protection
Church's parishioners for their donation of over 3,000 dollars after
the tragedy of the beginning of September. Besides gratitude, Fr
Sergii expressed good wishes to the Rector and parishioners, greeting
them on their feast day.
At the church
hall, the sisterhood, led by Maria Merzlikina, offered a magnificent
trapeza, during which the Rector said a few words in which he thanked
all the parish officers, helpers and others who labored for the
good of church life in the parish. Fr Peter Shashkoff shared his
joy over the elevation
of the main cupola over the neighboring Holy Transfiguration Cathedral,
whose rector is the Dean. Many parishioners and guests sharing the
festive trapeza then burst into applause. In his conclusion, Fr
Peter wished further success and the speedy crowning of the neighboring
church with the remaining cupolas.
Before the great entrance at divine liturgy.
After the great entrance, the priest blesses the deacons, asking
Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff greets the parishioners.
From left to right: Protodeacon George Grigoriev, Protopriest Alexander
Lebedeff, Priest Peter Shashkoff and Deacon Andrei Karobkov.