Our parish in Ann Arbor, MI celebrates its feast day on the day of St. Vladimir the Great Prince and Enlightener of the Russian Lands: July 15/28. This year, due to the pandemic and the subsequent difficulty in traveling by air, Archbishop Peter served in Rock City (Vladimirovo), IL at the St. Vladimir parish there. Clergymen from the Russian and Serbian Churches participated in the Divine Services in Ann Arbor:
Archpriest Gregory Joyce, Rector of St. Vladimir Church
Priest Moses McPherson, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church
Deacon Ioann Feloniuk, Cleric of Dormition Cathedral, Ferndale, MI
Deacon Vladimir Pyrozhenko, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church
Deacon Dmitry Kashchenko, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church
Deacon Colin Bower, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church
In addition to the above listed clergy:
Priest Kristian Petrovich, Cleric of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Duluth, MN
The parish choir sang the Divine Services prayerfully, beautifully, and triumphantly under the direction of Julia Easson, the parish Choir Director. Following the outdoor Divine Liturgy on the feast day itself, at which a multitude of faithful partook of Holy Communion, a cross procession was held, followed by a picnic for all in attendance. Fr. Gregory announced that Fr. Moses would be traveling to Austin, TX to visit the Protection Parish there on the coming weekend, since they are in need of a new Rector. In thanks for his years of service at St. Vladimir’s, Fr. Moses was given a large icon of St. Mardarije, the newly-glorified Serbian saint who reposed in Ann Arbor in 1927. Fr. Moses was present at the glorification of this favorite of God, who is the only saint know to have reposed in the Michigan Deanery.
The gathered faithful lingered long into the beautiful Michigan afternoon under the picnic tent recollecting the festive services, St. Vladimir’s Days past at the parish, and the 40th anniversary celebrations of the parish planned for 2021.
Pictures of the festivities can be found here: