GLORY TO GOD! OUR CHURCH IS OPEN AGAIN!

Dear Parishioners & Friends,

When we celebrated Holy Pentecost, we prayed to the Holy Spirit to fortify us and rejuvenate our souls. What a wonderful opportunity, now that the ban on church services has been lifted, for us to make a new beginning in our spiritual lives, starting with the way we attend the services! By coming on time. By confessing and receiving Holy Communion on a regular basis. By educating ourselves about the meaning and importance of the services. If we can instill this into ourselves and our children, what great spiritual benefit we could attain! How pleasing to God we would be! Through this, we can enhance our spiritual life, and, together, as a parish family, attain the heavenly kingdom.

Below are the health and safety guidelines that all must adhere to at the services.
First and foremost, if you are feeling poorly or have a fever, please refrain from coming to the service and pray at home watching the live stream.
1. Wear a face mask.
2. Maintain social distancing by staying 6 feet apart, except for family members (e.g. husband and wife, parents and children.)
3. Upon entering and leaving the church, please disinfect your hands with the hand sanitizer available in the narthex.
4. Individual confession will only be conducted at the Vigil Services and before the beginning of the Liturgy. There will be no individual confessions at any time during the Liturgy. This includes right before Holy Communion. For the time being, as blessed by Metropolitan Hilarion, we will continue to perform a general confession before Holy Communion.
5. Holy Communion will be given as usual. At this time, we ask that you refrain from kissing the Holy Chalice after receiving the Holy Gifts.
Please always remember: “The Eucharist is our source of sanctification and a share in the life of the Lord, and can in no way transmit any infectious disease or any other evil.” (See this Statement from the Sacred Community on Mt. Athos for more about Holy Communion: https://orthochristian.com/131061.html?)
6. Zapivka after Communion will be prepared using individual paper cups along with the usual prosphora.
7. Everyone is encouraged to continue venerating and praying at our holy icons and relics. White cloths saturated with alcohol are available at each icon area for you to wipe the icons before and after you venerate.

Regarding our children: We are very blessed to have many children attending church, and we love them dearly. All children – even the youngest ones – for their spiritual growth and physical safety, must be taught to stand quietly with their parents during the service. Keep in mind that children benefit no less than adults from participating in worship and by receiving Holy Communion! Families should stand and pray together off to the side and not in the center of the church. Children must not run back and forth in the nave or go to the restroom or downstairs unsupervised. Young children who need a break may be taken downstairs by a parent or other responsible adult if necessary. Under no circumstances are children allowed to be outside, downstairs or in the narthex unsupervised. Please do not allow your children to climb around the candlestands, the Crucifix or the two large icon kiots (frames) housing the Mother of God and Christ, where there is delicate and expensive woodwork and gold leafing. This is both dangerous to their safety and inappropriate behavior. Help your children to take part in the service by encouraging them to make the sign of the cross when appropriate, sing Otche Nash and say a prayer before Holy Communion. Parents should accompany their young children to Holy Communion and, of course, all should be standing together at the front of the church after communing and zapivka for the final appearance of the Holy Chalice!

As always, you are welcome to order any private services, such as molebens or panihidas. Also, sorokousts may be ordered at the candle counter. Our bookstore will again be open every Sunday after the Liturgy. As well, your ongoing support of our General, Benevolent and Flower funds truly allows our parish to flourish!

On a personal note, I am so excited and looking forward to seeing all of you in church! But I do pray that things do not “return to normal”, and, instead, that we truly learn to cherish our wonderful Orthodox Faith and always remember not to take our Faith and our Church for granted. Let us be compassionate and benevolent, striving to be good Christians in everything we say and do!

With love in Christ,

Fr. Serge Lukianov
Rector

UPCOMING SERVICES

Wednesday, 7/1 at 6:00 PM – Moleben and Akathist to Holy Hierarch John of San Francisco in the Tikhvin Church

Friday, 7/3 at 6:00 PM – Vigil Service in the cathedral
Saturday, 7/4 at 9:30 AM – Divine Liturgy (Holy Hierarch John of San Francisco) in the cathedral
(According to our tradition, we will place St. John’s skufia on everyone’s head at these services.)
Articles about St. John ~ Статьи о свт. Иоанне

Saturday July 4th at 5:00 PM Vigil Service
Sunday July 5th at 9:30 AM – Divine Liturgy (4th Sunday after Pentecost) in the cathedral and at St. George’s Church

News, Services & Events

Remembering Fr. Valery Lukianov on the 2nd Anniversary of his Repose.
Memory Eternal!

May 31st: 75th Anniversary of the Lienz Massacre

Commemorating the Victims – Memory Eternal!

Сегодня отметили 75-летие трагедии в Лиентц Австрии когда в 1945 году Английские солдаты совершили ужасное злодеяния выдачей казаков и казачек обратно в СССР. Тысячи невинных людей включая детей были убиты. А тех которых насильно вернули в СССР попали в концлагерь или были расстреляны. Вечная память нашем Русским героем.

We served a panihida to mark the 75th anniversary of the horrible and brutal killing of Cossacks in Lienz Austria when British soldiers forcibly sent back to the USSR many Cossacks with their families. Thousands were killed in Austria. Those who were forced to return were either sent to concentration camps or killed. Memory eternal to our Russian heroes.

April 2020: Great Friday & Pascha ~ апрель 2020 г.: Великий Пяток и Пасха

April 2020: Great Friday & Pascha ~ апрель 2020 г.: Великий Пяток и Пасха

CLICK HERE for more photos! | НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для фотографий.

April 30th: Memory Eternal: Herman Krueger

It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our longtime friend and parishioner, Herman Krueger. Our prayers are with the family & loved ones of this truly exemplary brother in Christ.

January 19th: The Theophany of Our Lord ~ 19 января: Крещение Господне

CLICK HERE for more photos. | НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для фотографий.

January 12th: Nativity Yolka ~ 12 января: Рождественская Ёлка

On Sunday, January 12, the traditional Russian School Yolka was held. CLICK HERE for an article and photos.

В воскресенье, 12 января, в русской школе прошла Рождественская Ёлка. НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для статьи и фотографий.

CLICK HERE for more photos on the Russian School website.

January 7th: The Nativity of Our Lord ~ 7 января: Рождество Христово

CLICK HERE for photos.
НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для фотографий.

December 14th-15th: Bishop Luke & HTS Choir

EAD vicar Bishop Luke of Syracuse performed an archpastoral visit to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Accompanying His Grace was the seminary choir and seminarians from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. CLICK HERE for an article and photos.

Викарий Восточно-Американской епархии, епископ Сиракузский Лука посетил с архипастырским визитом Св. Александро-Невский собор. Вместе с Его Преосвященством приехал семинарский хор и семинаристы Св. Троицкой семинарии в Джорданвилле, шт. Нью-Йорк. НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для статьи и фотографий.

December 8th: Archimandrite Nektariy of Holy Trinity Monastery in Mexico visited our parish.

December 4th: The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

November 23rd: Panihida for Br. Joseph, martyred guardian of the myrrh-streaming Montreal-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God

November 9-10: Visit of the Myrrh-Streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon


CLICK HERE for an article and photos.
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CLICK HERE: Miraculous Healing of the Custodian of the Myrrh-Streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God
НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ: Исцеление хранителя мироточивой “гавайской” иверской иконы божией матери

Video of Our Parish & Russian School when the Traveling Pokrov Mother of God Icon Visited

CLICK HERE for a video about the visit of the Pokrov Icon to our parish.

October 7-8: Feast Day of St. Sergius of Radonezh

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St. Alexander Nevsky Feast Day ~ Престольный Праздник Св. Александро-Невского собора

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CLICK HERE for an article and photos! ~ НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для статьи и фотографий.

Video of the Great Consecration of our Cathedral Видео: Великое освящение нашего собора

22 years ago, on October 18th, 1997, the Great Consecration of our cathedral took place.

The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos ~ Успение Пресвятой Богородицы

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1st Savior & the Transfiguration of our Lord

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July 28: St. Vladimir's Day Celebrations ~ Св. Владимирские торжества

On Sunday, July 28, the feast of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, celebrated Divine Liturgy and led the annual traditional St. Vladimir’s Day Celebrations at St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ. CLICK HERE for an article and photos.

В воскресенье, 28 июля, в праздник св. равноапостольного великого князя Владимира, митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский Иларион, Первоиерарх Русской Зарубежной Церкви, возглавил Божественную литургию и традиционные ежегодные Св. Владимирские торжества в Св. Владимирском храме-памятнике гор. Джексон, шт. Нью-Джерси. НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для статьи и фотографий.

July 8-9: Feast Day of Tikhvin Church ~ Престольный праздник Тихвинского храма

On Tuesday, July 9, the feast day of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the patronal feast day of the eponymous church in Howell, NJ. CLICK HERE for an article and photos.

Во вторник, 9 июля, в день празднования Тихвинской иконы Божией Матери, митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский Иларион возглавил престольный праздник одноименного храма в гор. Ховелл, шт. Нью-Джерси. НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для статьи и фотографий.

June 30: Hierarchal Services for the Sunday of All Russian Saints

On June 30, the Sunday of All Saints who have shone forth in the Russian land, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York performed an archpastoral visit to St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ where he celebrated Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating with His Eminence was His Grace, diocesan vicar Bishop Luke of Syracuse. CLICK HERE for an article and photos.

В воскресеьне, 30 июня, в неделю Всех святых в земле Российской просиявших, митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский Иларион нанес архипастыский визит в Св. Александро-Невский кафедральный собор гор. Ховелл, шт. Нью-Джерси, где возглавил Божественную литургию. Его Высокопреосвященству сослужил викарий епархии Преосвященейший епископ Сиракузский Лука. НАЖМИТЕ ЗДЕСЬ для статьи и фотографий.

June 9: Slavic Festival 2019!

Beautiful weather! Dancers! Cossacks! A wonderful time for all!
CLICK HERE for more photos!