Trinity Monastery Choir under Hieromonk Roman
(Krassovsky) Visits St Seraphim Church
On April 16, Hieromonk Roman along with several members of the Holy
Trinity Monastery Choir came to Sea Cliff to sing at divine services
at St Seraphim Church on the fifth week of Great Lent, when St Mary
of Egypt is honored. The monastics and seminarians were warmly greeted
by Protodeacon Paul Wolkow, M.S. Ryl and A.N. Ryl and the rest of
the parishioners. The heartwarming singing of the choir aided the
prayerful mood of the worshipers at all-night vigil; especially
impressive was the singing of "Open to me the door of repentance,
O Giver of Life." At the end of Divine Liturgy the following
day, Priest Serafim Gan, Acting Rector of the Parish, said, in part:
"We are happy today to greet Fr Roman and the monastery singers
who granted to us this colossal spiritual support during these Great
Lenten days. On behalf of all the worshipers, I express, brethren
and fathers, profound gratitude to you for coming here and bringing
to us the spirit of the 'Lavra Abroad,' our spiritual fortress,
as Metropolitan Anastassy of blessed memory call it. We are thankful
also to His Eminence Vladyka Laurus, the First Hierarch of the Russian
diaspora and Abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, whose blessing we
received through you today. We do not know the Lord's plans for
the future of this parish, but the parishioners hope that your visit
to St Seraphim Church and your participation in the services of
the fifth week of Great Lent will become a tradition going forward.
We fervently wish all of you glorious success, the help of God in
the bearing of your labors of fasting and joyous holidays."
During the trapeza, which was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere,
the parishioners greeted Fr Roman and the singers, and also the
Senior Sister of the Parish, A.N. Ryl, who recently celebrated her
left to right: Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky), director of the monastery
choir; Protodeacon Paul Wolkow of St Seraphim Church and Priest
with several singers of the monastery choir.
congratulate the Senior Sister of St Seraphim Church, A.N. Ryl.