St. Sergius Celebrated in Cleveland

The annual celebration of the Great Abbot of the Russian Land, St. Sergius of Rodonezh, was held in Cleveland (Parma), on October 7 & 8, 2019. Archbishop Peter led the celebrations of his cathedral here. In addition to Archbishop Peter the following clerics participated:

Archimandrite Dosethius (Kiev Theological Academy)

Archpriest Peter Zelenoi (St. Sergius Cathedral Cleric - Retired)

Archpriest Basil Stoyka (Sts. Peter & Paul, Lorain, OH, OCA - Retired)

Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan (St. Andrew Orthodox Church, OCA)

Archpriest Vasyl Kuzmych (Holy Trinity Church, Milwaukee, WI)

Archpriest Victor Trotskyy (Dormition Cathedral, Ferndale, MI)

Archpriest Gregory Joyce (St. Vladimir Church, Ann Arbor, MI)

Archpriest Ilya Marzev (St. Sergius Cathedral Rector)

Priest Seraphim Wing (St. Nichloas, Edinborough, PA, Moscow Patriarchate)

Hieromonk Nektary (St. John Skete, Hiram, OH)

Priest Michael Lillie (Nativity of Christ Church, Moscow Patriarchate)

Priest Nikolai Pravitsky (St. Sergius Cathedral Cleric)

Deacon Alexander Petrovsky (St. George Church, Cincinnati, OH)

Deacon Nikolai Lochmatow (Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, Des Plaines, IL)

Deacon Matthew Kaminsky (St. Sergius Cathedral Cleric)

The cathedral choir sang wonderfully under the director of Priest Sergei Chebotar (St. Sergius Cathedral Cleric). Following the All Night Vigil the cathedral sisterhood provided a delicious meal for the gathered clergy and faithful.

On the next day Archbishop Peter was greeted to the peal of the cathedral bells by the above clergy with the exception of our brother OCA clerics who needed to attend their own diocesan assembly. In addition, Priest Dragoslav Kosic from the St. Savva Serbian Church in Parma, OH. At the Hours cathedral parishioner Simeon Kamazantsev was tonsured a Reader for service at the St. Sergius Cathedral. Dozens of the faithful partook of Holy Communion from two chalices. At the end of the Liturgy, according to the Slavic Church tradition, a cross procession was held in the beautiful Ohio sunshine. Following the kissing of the cross the cathedral sisterhood offered a festive meal to all in attendance. Many of the gathered faithful lingered long into the afternoon sharing stories of past cathedral feast days as they celebrated the Second Pascha of their parish. After the meal Archbishop Peter departed for the Skete of St. John the Theologian where the brotherhood will celebrate the minor feast of their monastery on October 9.

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