Gabriel attends the Day of Remembrance
On Saturday, July 24, 2004, His Grace Bishop Gabriel arrived at
the camp of the St Georges Pathfinders, troop Tsarskoe Selo, in
memory of Andrei Ilyinsky. Bishop Gabriel was joined at all-night
vigil by the campís clergy, Protopriest Sergey Lukianov, the spiritual
father of the scouts, and Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov. The solemn service
was attended by over 200 scouts from various troops from all across
America, who had gathered at the camp for the 95th anniversary of
the St Georgeís Pathfinders.
After vigil and dinner, the ceremony of the Day of Remembrance commenced.
The solemn celebration was illuminated with torches in Bishop Gabrielís
presence and the multitude of visitors who had come for the event.
Every year, this ceremony reminds the young generation of those
who labored for the benefit of Russian youth by members of the organization
who had departed for a better world. After the recitation of the
names of those living and reposed, Protopriest Sergey served a commemorative
litany with the music for the ektenia written by Arkhangelsky, prayerfully
moving the hearts of those in attendance. “Eternal Memory!” was
sung under the starry skies, surrounded by flickering torches, the
prayers of the scouts called to mind the words: “Let my prayer be
set before You as incense.” The commemorative bonfire ended the
evening program and ceremony of the Day of Remembrance.
The following morning, His Grace Bishop Gabriel was greeted not
only by the clergy, but by the boy and girl scouts, standing in
formation, whose spiritual joy was expressed by Fr. Sergey in his
words of greeting. As during vigil, divine liturgy was held under
the open sky, for the camp chapel houses only the altar. Still,
this did not detract from the ceremony of the service; the choir
was comprised entirely of scouts and their headmasters, prayerfully
singing the hierarchical liturgy. After the service, Fr. Sergey
gave His Grace a gift from the entire camp: a belt embroidered by
the nuns of Gethsemane Convent. Vladykaís visit to St Georges Pathfinders
Camp concluded with a spiritual talk with the young scouts. St Georges
Pathfinders, troop Tsarskoe Selo, expresses its deep gratitude to
His Grace Bishop Gabriel for his spiritual nourishment of the camp,
and hopes in the future to have such prayerful communion there.
Eis polla eti despota!