of St. Nicholas in Montreal
This year the feast day of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Montreal
was especially ceremonial. Despite the fact that the Winter
St. Nicholas Day fell on a workday this year, the church was
full of parishioners and visitors from all over Canada. As
is the tradition, a significant portion of the guests came
from the Canadian capital, from the parish of the St. Xenia
Church in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa.
Over the last year, the number of parishioners of St. Nicholas
Cathedral grew significantly, but the senior parishioners
said, they did not recall such a multitude of worshipers at
vigil. A combined choir sang under the direction of G.A. Skok
and N.E. Androsoff.
On the feast day itself, His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan
officiated at Divine liturgy, along with the rector of the
Cathedral, Priest George Lagodich, Priest Michael Metni and
Deacon Dimitri Temidis; the latter came to Montreal, where
he has many childhood friends, together with Bishop Gabriel.
During the reading of the hours, Bishop Gabriel ordained the
Cathedral's choir director, Nicholas Androsoff, as reader,
and ordained reader Peter Pavlovich Paganuzzi, Secretary of
the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Cathedral, as subdeacon,
and ordained as reader Basil Mikhailovich Milonov of St. Xenia
Parish in Kanata. Reader Y.G. Miloslavsky, administrator of
the Canadian Diocese, received blessing to wear the orarion
That evening there was a solemn moleben to St. Nicholas, after
which all those present were invited to a trapeza feast prepared
by the Sisterhood of the Cathedral. During the trapeza, Bishop
Gabriel gave the treasurer of the Cathedral, G.V. Borovik,
a check for US $50,000.00: seeing the selfless efforts of
the Montreal faithful to continue the renovation of their
Cathedral, which was ruined by fire in 1998, no matter the
cost, the Synod of Bishops decided to aid St. Nicholas Parish.
[photo caption:] Priest Mark Burachek, Bishop Gabriel, Priest
George Lagodich, Deacon Dimitri Temidis.