On Sunday, August 29, 2010, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, visited St Vladimir Memorial Church of the Millennium of the Baptism of Russia in Jackson, NJ, in order to bid farewell to Mitred Protopriest Boris Kizenko. His Eminence prayed at Fr Boris’ coffin and then performed a memorial litiya. The long-time cleric of Memorial Church and one of the most senior clerics of the diocese fell asleep in the Lord on August 27.
On Tuesday, August 31, the faithful of the Eastern American Diocese gathered in St Vladimir Memorial Church for Fr Boris’ funeral. The Liturgy for the Departed was celebrated by the Memorial Church’s deputy rector, Priest Serge Ledkovsky, co-celebrated by Protopriest Alexander Golubov, Protopriest George Kallaur, Priest Ilya Gun, Priest Constantine Semyanko, Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk, Deacon Leonid Roschko, and Deacon Paul Drozdowski. His Grace Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, in Jackson with the First Hierarch’s blessing to lead the funeral, prayed in the altar during the Liturgy.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, His Grace led Fr Boris’ funeral, co-served by a multitude of clergy who came from all over the Diocese to bid farewell to the good shepherd. The eulogy was delivered by New Jersey Dean Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov.
Bishop Jerome read aloud the letter of condolence from ROCOR’s First Hierarch, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York:
Today, on the day of the funeral and burial of the newly-departed Mitred Protopriest
In Fr Boris we had a kind, sympathetic and prayerful pastor, who for many years toiled in Christ’s Vineyard, serving in a series of parishes of the Russian Church Abroad.
Fr Boris was one of the first graduates of Holy Trinity Theological Seminary, founded in 1948. After his ordination he gave himself over fully to pastor work. In every one of his parishes, he earned the love and respect of his flock, and introduced peace and calm to the church community.
The final parish at which he served was St Vladimir Memorial Church, whose construction and adornment he completed in time for the millennial celebrations of the Baptism of Russia in 1988.
May the Merciful God receive the soul of His faithful servant Protopriest Boris, where the righteous repose, where there is no suffering, nor sighing, but endless blessed life. May his memory be eternal!
With love in the Lord,
After the funeral, a procession was performed around the church, after which the burial was held at St Vladimir’s Cemetery. A memorial repast was then served in the parish hall.
Memory eternal to Fr. Boris!
Photographs of the funeral are available on the official website of the Eastern American Diocese.