of the 25th Anniversary of the Deaconate of Protodeacon Nikolai
Porshnikoff in 1988
(Russkaya Zhizn', San Francisco, February 10, 1988)
The honoring of Protodeacon Nikolai Porshnikoff on the 25th anniversary
of his service as in the deaconate was held in a solemn and heartfelt
atmosphere. Upon the end of divine liturgy at the Cathedral, a moleben
was served after which Protodeacon Nikolai was granted a decree
of blessing from the Synod of Bishops, and from the Cathedral Parish,
an orarion and cuffs.
Then, in the auditorium of SS Cyrill and Methodius High School,
a reception was held to honor the beloved and respected protodeacon.
A great host of clergymen, headed by His Eminence Archbishop Anthony,
each strove from the depths of their soul to color their exhilaration
with the profound faith and utter devotion of Fr Protodeacon Nikolai.
All the greetings and words of praise touched upon the fact that
Protodeacon Nikolai Porshnikoff was wholly devoted to serving God,
that his deep faith affects and inspires everyone, and his dedication
to the Church, always underscored by his valuable gifts towards
the adornment of the Cathedral and other Russian churches, could
not be expressed in words alone. Mitred Protopriest John Shachneff
congratulated the honoree with the warmest of words. Then, Protopriest
Konstantin Zanevsky and Protopriest Stefan Pavlenko greeted Protodeacon
Nikolai, as well as Hegumen Kyrill [now Archbishop of San Francisco
and Western America—ed.], Priest George Kurtow, Priest Mark Gomez
and Priest Vladimir Mordvinkin. Protodeacn Vitaly Sabelnik fondly
recalled his meetings with Fr Protodeacon in the Seminary, where
he is remembered to this day, while Priest Sergei Kotar and Priest
Alexander Krassovsky remembered and thanked him for his guidance
during their early priesthood.
The event, so splendidly organized, was all the more resplendent
with two choirs and all the Cathedral's altar boys present.
The universally-beloved Warden, Eugene Aleksandrovich Khrapov warmly
greeted the honoree, as always, in terse yet succinct expressions.
Peter Petrovich Gubin was even more laconic: "I love you more
than anyone!" The Senior Sister also expressed herself from
the heart: "I put my soul into the pirogs [I baked]!"...Earnestness
is the most important thing.
In Vladimir Krassovsky's speech, the spiritual bond between the
choir's singing and the intonations of Fr Protodeacon was stressed.
Furthering the point of this spiritual connection, V. Krassovsky
called Fr Protodeacon a source of inspiration for the choir. The
choir presented Protodeacon Nikolai with an icon of St Efrem the
Syrian, and from Vladimir Krassovsky personally, an icon of Apostle
Jude, brother of the Lord [on whose feast day St John of Shanghai
and San Francisco had reposed—ed.].
Many times, amicably and voluminously, was Many Years sung both
to the First Hierarch and to our Ruling Vladyka Anthony, and many
times to Protodeacon Nikolai. Among the many greetings, the most
heartwarming was that of Fr Vitaly to the parents who reared Protodeacon
The warm, amicable and at the same time solemn celebration of the
25th anniversary of Protodeacon Nikolai Porshnikoff's service lasted
until late evening. This was truly a joyful and rare event for all.
the Editors: The funeral of Protodeacon Nikolai Porshnikoff will
be held on Tuesday, November 30, upon the conclusion of a liturgy
for the dead at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of
All Who Sorrow." The funeral will be conducted by His Grace
Bishop Peter of Cleveland along with the local clergy. The burial
will be at the Serbian cemetery outside of San Francisco.