The Newest Church of
the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is Completed
The Building of a New Church in Rochester, NY, is completed
and Divine Services Begin.
DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA AND NEW YORK: 20 October
New Church in Rochester Completed
By the mercy of God, the building of the new Protection
Church in Rochester, New York, the newest church in the
Russian diaspora, is completed.
On Saturday, 5 October, the final Divine Liturgy was performed
in the hold, house church, in which the faithful of Rochester
had prayed for almost 50 years. After Liturgy, the Rector
of Protection Church, Protopriest Gregory Naumenko, called
upon the parishionersas was done in San Francisco
in 1930 when moving from the Old Cathedral to
the new oneto take the icons and take them to their
automobiles while singing prayers. The parishioners, with
tears in their eyes, took the icons and brought them to
their cars, then drove them to the entrance to the new church
site. When everyone arrived, the clergy and parishioners,
with a procession of the cross, singing prayers, headed
for the church with the icons.
On Monday, 6 October,
the clergy of Protection Church transferred the iconostasis,
altar table, the table of oblation and the church items
from the old church to the new one. On Saturday, 12 October,
a minor blessing of the waters was held, and the new church
was sprinkled with holy water, both inside and out; on Sunday,
13 October, the first Divine Liturgy was served in the new
Protection Church. Fr. Gregory was joined by Priests Peter
Jackson and Joakim Provatakis and the parish deacons: Fr.
Andrei Strapko and Fr. Nikolai Chernjavsky.
On Saturday, 19 October, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus
arrived in Rochester with Reader Nicholas Olhovsky, officiating
at vigil and Divine Liturgy. At Liturgy, Vladyka Laurus
awarded the parish deacon, Fr. Andrei, with the double orarian
for his zealous and pious service. The First Hierarch was
accompanied by the Rector, by Priest Paul Bassett (Cincinnatti,
OH), a former member of Protection parish, Priest Victor
Boldewskul (Cleveland, OH), and Priest Vladimir Petrenko
(Sao Paolo, Brazil). The deacons were headed by Protodeacon
Following liturgy, Vladyka Metropolitan conducted a moleben
to the Mother of God with prayers of gratitude, after which
the clergy and multitude of worshipers descended to the
new parish hall for a trapeza feast.
Thank the Lord for all!