16th Sunday after Pentecost

 

On October 6, on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, St. George Parish family held a beautiful celebration. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov headed the Divine Liturgy at our temple. Following the Gospel reading Fr. Igor preached the following homily in Russian:

“Дорогие братия и сестры! Сегодня св. Евангелие рассказывает нам о том, как Господь наш Иисус Христос призвал Своих первых учеников, святых апостолов Петра, Иакова и Иоанна. Иное Евангелие могло бы нам еще сказать о том, что с Петром, самым первым из учеников, Спаситель призвал и его брата, св. ап. Андрея, которого мы в честь этого называем Первозванным. Подобное сегоднешнему было евангельское чтение во 2-ю Неделю по Пятидесятнице. Оно было из Евангелия от Матфея и также повествовало о призвании первых апостолов Христовых. Сегоднешнее же чтение из благовествования св. Луки отличается тем, что раскрывает перед нами огромное различие, которое существует между Богом и человеком.”
“Господь наш Иисус Христос является Богом, хотя Он и пришел в мiр как Сын Человеческий. Как Бог Он пришел в мiр спасти человека. В сегодняшнем евангельском рассказе Он проповедовал людям с лодки, принадлежавшей Симону Петру. Потом Господь повелел Петру отплыть на глубину и закинуть сети для лова. Св. Отцы говорят, что это повеление означало коренной перелом в жизни св. Петра. Но для Симона Петра того времени, времени описанного в сегоднешнем евангельском чтении, это казалось странной и бесплодной затеей. Как опытный рыбак, он знал и был уверен в том, что делать это бессмысленно. И он высказал Иисусу свои мысли, сказав: «Наставник! Мы трудились всю ночь и ничего не поймали» (Лк. 5, 5). Св. Петр оценивал ситуацию по-человечески, и как человек был прав. Еще раз пробовать ловить рыбу после бесплодных попыток на протяженни целой ночи казалось напрасным. Но у Господа нашего Иисуса Христа было иное понимание, иное видение. И мы знаем, что чудесный богатый улов рыбы, который последовал за попыткой Петра, доказал, что Иисус был прав, а Петр – нет. Бог может видеть вещи по-иному.”
“Но как человек, св. Петр проявил послушание Богу. Почитая Христа как своего Наставника, он выполнил Его повеление. Даже будучи несгласен с Иисусом, он сказал: «Но по Твоему слову закину сеть» (Лк. 5, 5). Хотя Петр не верил в успех, он все-таки подчинился воле Христа. И когда он увидел, что Иисус – не только Учитель или Наставник, но Кто-то высший этого, он назвал Его «Господом». Петр припал к коленям Иисуса и сказал: «Выйди от меня, Господи! Потому что я человек грешный» (Лк. 5, 8). В этом восклицании мы слышим страх человека предстоящего перед Богом. Петр выражает человеческий страх перед Божественным, невозможность объять своим умом величие Бога, осознание различия между человеком и Богом. Петр также признает свое собственное недостоинство и греховность.”
“Сегодняшнее евангельское чтение, дорогие братия и сестры, учит и нас понимать нашу собственную греховность и проявлять смирение перед Богом. Но оно учит нас также видеть как порой различным бывает наше понимание вещей от видения этих вещей Богом. И если мы увидим это различие, то будем еще больше ощущать свое несовершенство перед Божиим величием, свою недальновидность перед Божиим всевидением и мудростью.”
“Такое может случаться в нашей жизни, когда мы считаем что-либо странным и невозможным, но позже, по воле Божией, оно вдруг становится вполне возможным и совершается. Например, сегодня мы вспоминаем Зачатие святого пророка, Предтечи и Крестителя Иоанна. Его родители, священник Захария и его супруга, Елисавета, были уже в пожилом возрасте и не ожидали иметь детей. Но вот, архангел Гавриил явился Захарии во время служения во Храме и благовестил рождение сына – Предтечи Христа. Захария не поверил и засомневался, за что был поражен немотой до времени рождения и наречения сына. У Бога Свои замыслы, отличные от нашего понимания.”
“Подобным же образом многие верующие здесь, в эмиграции еще 20-25 лет назад думали, что существование наших приходов здесь будет недолгим, так как старые эмигранты уходили в иной мiр, а их дети и внуки не оставались в Православной Церкви. Но вот, приехали новые эмигранты и наши приходы вновь полны верующих.”
“Поэтому, дорогие во Христе братия и сестры, доверимся Господу Богу и Его совершенному видению вещей! Давайте стремиться к возрастанию в духовной жизни, несмотря на нашу неуверенность в собственных силах. Послушаем, что велит нам Господь наш Иисус Христос и выполним Его волю, осознавая свое несовершенство перед Ним. При этом, пусть не забываются нами и обнадеживающие слова Спасителя, сказанные Петру: «Не бойся» (Лк. 5, 10). Нам не нужно бояться, если мы творим добро, делаем что-либо благое в жизни с помощью Божественной благодати Господа нашого Иисуса Христа, единого Источника помощи и чудес. Он – единый, Кто может осуществить вещи, которые мы считаем невозможными. Через Его Божественную силу и мы можем быть удостоены принять участие в Его чудесных свершениях, увидеть великие дела Божии на себе и насладиться их последствиями вместе с Ним. И дай Бог нам достойно последовать за Христом, слушаться Его повелений и быть благословенными Его Божественными делами навеки.”

During preparation for Holy Communion the choir beautifully performed the hymns in honor of the Theotokos.

After the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector preached a brief sermon in English conveying the main ideas of his Russian homily. He also thanked the parishioners for their labors to prepare for the Bishop’s visit a week before and for a nice welcoming of His Grace. Further Fr. Igor congratulated our Warden and Choir Director, Olga Roussanow for being elected a full member of the Bishop’s Council of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.

Following the Rector’s sermon and speech our Sacristan Andrew Malyshew congratulated Fr. Igor on the occasion of his past name day. Traditional Polychronion (“Mnogaia leta!”) was proclaimed. Fr. Igor expressed his gratitude to the parishioners for their greetings.

Our celebration continued at the trapeza table where the Rector and parishioners enjoyed delicious meals and an interesting conversation.

The XIV General Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes

 

On Monday, September 30, the XIV General Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA began its work under the chairmanship of Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of Patriarchal Parishes. This gathering took place at the Antiochian Village near Ligonier, PA, a spiritual center of the  Archdiocese of the Antiochian Patriarchate in North America.

Our parish of St. George the Great Martyr sent two delegates to the Convocation: our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov and our Warden and Choir Director, Olga Roussanow. Fr. Igor as the Chancellor of Patriarchal Parishes was primarily responsible for preparation of that gathering along with the members of Pre-Convocation Committee.

Convocation began on Monday evening with the Prayer service at St. Peter and Paul Chapel, headed by Bishop Matthew, co-served by Archpriest Igor Tarasov and Archpriest Alexander Golubov, cleric of the New York Cathedral.  A Litia to commemorate the deceased clergy and lay people of our Parishes was also performed.

After the service, Bishop Matthew greeted those present and wished everyone successful and productive work.  The delegates expressed a wish to ask for a blessing from His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’, and adopted the text of a telegram that was sent to His Holiness.
Bishop Matthew presented to the participants of the Convocation the candidates to serve as co-chairmen, recording secretaries and heads of the committees, which were approved by vote. Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA presented the schedule of the Convocation and the procedure for its holding.

The gathering was attended by over 50 clergy and laity, who represent 27 out of the 33 Patriarchal Parishes in the United States and Mexico. At the invitation of Bishop Matthew, the Convocation was attended by Priest Dimitry Nedostupenko, Secretary  of the Sourozh  Diocese and Priest John Kazadoev, cleric of that diocese.

The second day of the Convocation, October 1, began with the report of His Grace, Bishop Matthew.
In his speech, the Archpastor presented actual statistics on the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States, conducted a comparative analysis of the changes that have occurred since the last General Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA in 2014, and spoke about the most significant events in the church life. After his report, Bishop Matthew answered numerous questions from those present.

Treasurer of the Patriarchal Parishes, Panagiotis Billis reported on the financial affairs.  After discussion his report was approved by the delegates.

Then the delegates listened to the presentations prepared for the Convocation. The list of those presentations was as follows:
- Priest John Kazadoev, cleric of the Diocese of Sourozh: “Me, Myself and Christ – the Search Nowadays”.
- Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Rector of St. George Church in Bayside and Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes: “An Overview of the Rules on Receiving Holy Communion”.
- Priest Stephen Kaznica, Rector of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Passaic, NJ: “Restoration of a Canonical Form of Parish Administration”.
- Joseph Trindal : “Developing Sustainable Preparedness to Active Assault Situations”.

Following the presentations Head of the Nominations Committee, Archpriest Timothy Barna, introduced to the participants the candidates to become members of the Bishop’s Council nominated by the parishes.  Following the discussion of the candidates, it was proposed to have a vote on them on the next day after the Liturgy.

On Wednesday, October 2, on the final day of the Convocation, Bishop Matthew celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Peter and Paul Chapel of the Antiochian Village.  He was co-served by our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes, as well as priests who are members of the Bishop’s Council, Deans, and Priest Dimitry Nedostupenko, Secretary of the Sourozh Diocese. The deacon’s rank was headed by Protodeacon Igor Panachev, cleric of St.Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York.

During the Liturgy, Bishop Matthew ordained Reader Oleg Serebryanov to the rank of subdeacon to Our Lady of Kazan Church in Spokane, WA.  The altar server of the same church, Dionysius Butt, after being made a reader and a subdeacon, was ordained a deacon.

After Holy Communion the Archpastor, clergy and laymen venerated the Holy Cross.

His Grace cordially greeted the participants in the Liturgy, and congratulated Archpriest Igor Tarasov and Protodeacon Igor Panachev on the occasion of their name day, the memory of St. Igor of Chernigov.  The Archpastor awarded them with Bishop’s Recognition Certificates (Gramotas) for their diligent service to the Church.

Following a breakfast the delegates convened for the continuation of the Convocation work. They listened to the last presentation prepared by Hieromonk Tikhon (Pashkov), Rector of Our Lady of Kazan Church in Spokane, WA titled “The Monastery Renewal and Revival of Monastic Life in the Patriarchal Parishes”.

Then an interesting discussion followed regarding our plans to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Patriarchal Parishes in the year 2020. A Preparation Committee had been elected and certain ideas regarding that celebration were discussed.

After lunch the elections to the Bishop’s Council took place. While waiting for the results of the elections the delegates had an opportunity to listen to the additional report made by Abbot Nicodemus (Balyasnikov), Secretary of the Patriarchal Parishes regarding St. Nicholas Cathedral’s ministry among the youth and people addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Following that interesting presentation the election results were announced by Archpriest Timothy Barna, head of the Nomination Committee of the Convocation. The newly elected members were confirmed by the Bishop who expressed his wishes of God’s help in their future work. Our Parish should be proud that our Warden, Olga Roussanow was elected a full member of the Council while before she served as an alternate member.

At the end of the Convocation the participants headed by His Grace visited the grave of St. Raphael of Brooklyn located at the Antiochian Village. A short Prayer service to give thanks to the Lord for the completion of the gathering was held there. His Grace, Bishop Matthew expressed his gratitude to the participants and wished all of them a safe trip home.

Those who wished to stay at the hospitable Antiochian Village remained there until the next morning and had a chance to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial located not far from the spiritual center.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

 

On Sunday, September 29 our Parish family held celebration of the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. The Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy in our temple.

After the Gospel lesson he preached a homily in Russian concerning the meaning of the Savior’s sacrifice on the Cross. It is not easy to comprehend by our limited human mind why we are venerating the Cross, a tool of execution and torture. St. Paul also wrote that the preaching of the Cross is a stumbling block for the Jews and foolishness for the Greeks (1 Cor. 1, 21) but for us it is God’s power and God’s wisdom.
God’s power is manifested in the Cross because through the Cross the Lord opened paradise for us. And God’s wisdom was shown through the Cross because the Lord did not command us from heavens what to do but descended to us, took upon Himself our sufferings and redeemed us.
Therefore, preaching of the Cross is our way to eternal life. And if we venerate the Cross of Christ, we answer to the highest love of God towards us.

The choir prayerfully performed hymns of the Exaltation of the Cross before Holy Communion.

After the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector and the altar servers performed glorification of the feast and veneration of the Cross in the middle of the church. Then Fr. Igor preached a short sermon in English. He also greeted our parishioner, Lyudmila Galtseva on the occasion of her name day. Traditional Polychronion (Mnogaia leta!) was performed.

Bishop’s Visitation to our Parish

 

On Saturday, September 28, the eve of the observed feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA visited our St. George Church, where he led Great Vespers and Litia being co-served by our Rector and Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.

At the end of the service Bishop Matthew was greeted by Fr. Igor, who on behalf of the parish thanked him for the visit and assured His Grace of fervent prayers of the faithful of the parish. Bishop Matthew then congratulated those gathered with the ongoing feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and in memory of the hierarchical service in St. George Church presented the parishioners with small icons of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.

Following the service His Grace, the Rector and our parishioners enjoyed a delicious supper prepared by our wonderful cooks and a nice conversation.

Sunday before the Exaltation. Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God

 

On September 22, on the Sunday before the Exaltation, our parish had a beautiful celebration. In addition we observed feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God transferred to Sunday. The Divine Liturgy in our temple was served by the Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.

After the Gospel lesson he preached a homily in Russian. The Rector pointed out that the holy parents of the Theotokos, Joachim and Anna, are an example of living a devout and righteous life without an immediate or fast-coming reward from God. Sometimes people tend to think that if they are good Christians and keep the Commandments, God should bless them all the time and reward them for their pious life. Very often it is not working that way. It is important to understand that God will certainly bless us for our fidelity and devotion, but it is not going to happen right away. It is crucial that it will happen and affect our eternal life.

The choir beautifully performed the hymns of the Nativity of the Theotokos during preparation for Holy Communion.

Following the Liturgy dismissal the Rector and the altar servers performed the rite of glorification in front of the festal icon singing the troparion, kontakion and magnification of the feast. Then the Rector preached a brief sermon in English addressing the ideas of his Russian homily and made some announcements.

His Grace, Bishop Matthew is going to visit our Parish


Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. George Church!

Our Archpastor, the Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes, Most Rev. MATTHEW, Bishop of Sourozh, is going to visit our Parish on Saturday, September 28.
His Grace will head our Great Vespers service at 6 PM.
Following the service our parishioners will have an opportunity to welcome the Bishop in our small community.

Дорогие прихожане и друзья храма святого великомученика и Победоносца Георгия!

Наш архипастырь, Временно Управляющий Патриаршими приходами в США, Преосвященнейший МАТФЕЙ, Епископ Сурожский посетит наш приход в субботу, 28 сентября.
Его Преосвященство возглавит служение Великой вечерни в 18 часов.
После службы наши прихожане будут иметь возможность приветствовать архиерея в нашей небольшой общине.

13th Sunday after Pentecost. Beheading of St. John the Baptist

 

On September 15, on the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, St. George Parish held a nice celebration. In addition to the Sunday observance we celebrated feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist that had been transferred to that day. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy. After the readings from the Scripture he preached the following homily in English:

“Dear brothers and sisters! Today’s Gospel lesson tells us a parable about vineyard and about evil vinedressers (Mt. 21, 33-42). The story was addressed to the leaders of the Jews, to those who did not accept Jesus as their Messiah and who wished to destroy Him.”
“The meaning of this parable is quite simple. The landowner is God the Father. He planted a vineyard which is Israel, the holy nation of God. The vinedressers are the leaders entrusted with the care of God’s people. According to the parable they did not wish to give the owner His share of grapes. God sent His servants to them. Those servants are the Prophets, sent by God in the times of the Old Testament to proclaim His will. The vinedressers beat and killed the servants. The Jewish leaders persecuted the Prophets and really killed some of them.”
“Today we observe Beheading of St. John the Baptist. He was one of those servants whom God was sending to His chosen people. The fate of the Holy Forerunner John was the same as of the other Prophets.”
“Since those servants of God were mistreated and not listened, God sent His onlybegotten Son. The Jewish leaders might honor the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. But in their envy and impiety they murdered the Son as well. He was led out of the holy city of Jerusalem and crucified, just as the landowner’s son in the parable was cast out of the vineyard and killed.”
“Thinking of that parable and about the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist we may reflect upon the prophetic mission of the Holy Church and its servants. “A servant is not greater than his master”, says the Lord (Jn. 15, 20). Being servants of the Lord, the bishops and priests may share the same destiny as our Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified. And moreover, they can share the same destiny as the Prophets, as St. John the Baptist.”
“A Prophet is not someone who sees the future and predicts it. He is a man of God who proclaims God’s will to the people. St. John the Baptist taught the people to repent because the Messiah was coming. He also boldly said to the king that he was breaking the Commandments. Same thing happens to the good and conscientious priests if they teach the faithful appropriately. People may like it or not, but the servants of the Church are called to preach to them.”
“If people listen to the Church and its servants, they become blessed. If not, they may be condemned. In the course of history many priests were persecuted for their service to the Church and faithful. Nowadays they are often not persecuted but ignored.”
“It is our duty to listen to the servants of God and thus to listen to Christ Himself. Thus we could become good vinedressers who would render the Master the fruits in their seasons (Mt. 21, 41).”

After the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector preached a sermon in Russian explaining the main ideas of his English homily. He also congratulated our parishioner Moses Dunetz on the occasion of his past name day. Traditional Polychronion (“Mnogaia leta!”) was proclaimed.

After the liturgical service the Rector and parishioners enjoyed delicious meals and a nice company at the trapeza table.

 

12th Sunday after Pentecost

 

On September 8, on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, as well as feast of the Encounter of the Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir, we had a nice celebration at our parish temple. The Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy.

After the Gospel lesson the Rector preached a homily in Russian. He was interpreting the assigned reading from the Gospel of Matthew (Mt. 19, 16-26). He pointed out that the first important thing for our salvation is to keep the Commandments. This is sufficient to enter the Kingdom of God, as our Lord stated. Only if we are not breaking the God’s law, we may consider more heroic ways of piety. Some people wish to be very advanced in their devotions but forget to do the basics of spiritual life – to keep the Commandments. On the other way, our sinful nature makes us very unsuccessful in keeping the God’s law. All of us violate it, at least sometimes. Thus we cannot be saved without divine grace. This is why the Lord says: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mt. 19, 26). We cannot be saved without God and His help.

At the Litany of Fervent Supplication the Rector added a petition for health and recovery of our parishioner Raisa who had been hospitalized that morning.

The choir nicely performed hymns dedicated to the Mother of God and Her Icon of Vladimir during preparation for Holy Communion.

11th Sunday after Pentecost

 

On September 1, on the 11th Sunday after Pentecost St. George Parish family had a beautiful celebration at our temple. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy. After the Gospel lesson he preached a homily in Russian and English languages. An English version of that homily is as follows:

“Today’s Gospel reading tells us a parable about a merciful king and an unmerciful lender. That lender himself owed the king a lot of money, and the king forgave his debt. But that lender did not wish to forgive a very small debt to his fellow servant.”
“This lesson makes us think that all of us are in debt to God. It was not up to us to be born and it was not up to us to receive different gifts or talents we have in our life. Everyone has his own mind, his own heart and we look at the world from our own perspective. But everyone is using what the Lord has given to him. And the Lord is merciful and condescending to us. He loves us so much that He overlooks our shortcomings and forgives our sins. And He took our transgressions upon Himself.”
“Sometimes we are evil and we should be punished for our evil deeds, but the Lord takes those sins upon Himself. Sometimes we are unfair and should be rewarded accordingly, but the Lord takes that responsibility upon Himself. Sometimes we are hypocritical, lying, deceiving and should be justly reprimanded, but the Lord forgives us and allows us to live and to enjoy another day. He is never demanding that we pay for all our misdeeds. He only demands that we should be merciful to each other as He is merciful to us. He wishes that we would forgive our debtors as He forgives us our debts.”
“Instead of doing what God wishes, we do the opposite. We do not forgive. We hold grudges. We want revenge. We demand the debts to be paid. Thus we block our way to God.”
“Today we are called to pray for the preservation of God’s creation, for the environment. It is a similar situation. God gave us this earth, the whole nature He created. He entrusted that to us. He granted it free of charge. We only need to take care of the nature, to cultivate the earth, to preserve the animals and plants. What do we do? We abuse it, we demand a lot from it; we destroy the animals and plants; we devour all the resources because of our greed and wickedness. God gave us for free and we demand a gain from it. Thus we are now being punished for that by natural disasters and polluted air, water and nature. We finally realized that and the Church wishes us to offer our prayers for the nature and preservation of God’s creation.”
“We are unmerciful and we block our way to God. That is why we need to hear the Holy Gospel that tells us a parable about an unmerciful lender. That story tells us that a man owed the king a lot of money, like millions of dollars. The king forgave that huge debt. But that man met his fellow servant who owed him a small amount, like fifty dollars, and did not want to want – not to forgive – he did not want to wait! He put that poor debtor in prison. The king found out about that and punished the wicked servant.”
“Thus, dear brothers and sisters, we heard a simple and very much comprehendible parable. We receive forgiveness from God free of charge. God forgives any our transgression or filthiness if we sincerely repent. But He asks one thing: He forgives us, so we could forgive others. Therefore, if we don’t forgive, if we are unmerciful, we will have to be punished. Today the Gospel says: “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him” (Mt. 18, 34). In our case, what kind of torturers we will face? We will face the demons in hell that will torment and torture us for our sins. This is a horrible perspective. This is a terrible thing. But the Lord delivers us from those torments of hell if we forgive others their trespasses.”
“Dear brothers and sisters! Let us pray that the all-compassionate Lord may be merciful to us again and to grant us a spirit of mercy and forgiveness, so we could forgive others their faults. May He grant us the spirit of care for God’s creation entrusted to us, so we could preserve the nature. May He bless us with those gifts, so we may be forgiven by Him Whom glory and honor forever!”

Since on the first Sunday of September the Russian Church holds a special day of prayer for the preservation of God’s creation, during the Litany of fervent supplication the Rector offered special petitions for that cause, as well s special prayer after that Litany.

The choir was prayerfully singing the hymns of the Dormition which postfeast was still celebrated.

After the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector offered a prayer for the schoolchildren who begin their new school year. He blessed our children and wished them a successful study and acquiring of knowledge.

Following the Liturgy the Rector performed the Baptism of an adult willing to join the Church.

After the services the Rector and parishioners enjoyed delicious meals and a nice company at the trapeza table.

 

Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

 

On August 28, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God we held a nice celebration at St. George Church. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy.

Following the Gospel lesson he preached a homily in Russian. This time the Rector dedicated his sermon to interpretation of the festal Troparion. That main hymn of the feast refers to the Most Holy Mother of God as the one who preserved virginity after giving birth do Christ and the one who did not leave the world after Her falling asleep.  Most Holy Theotokos passed from this life to life eternal and to Christ who Himself is the Life of the world. At the same time the Most Holy Theotokos is the Mother of Life, because She is the Mother of Christ. And She spares our souls from spiritual death.

The choir prayerfully performed hymns dedicated to the Most Holy Mother of God and Her Dormition during preparation for Holy Communion.

Following the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector and the altar server performed the rite of glorification singing the troparion, kontakion and magnification of the feast before the icon of the Dormition in the middle of the church. Then the Rector congratulated all the faithful on the feast.