This year our parish observes the 75th Anniversary of its founding. We do more than observing this significant milestone – we celebrate it with joy and thanksgiving to God. On Sunday, October 22, on the Feast of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the Divine Liturgy will be concelebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of New York and New Jersey. The greeting of the bishops as they enter the church will be at 9:30 am. Please do not be late!
The liturgy will be followed by a festive anniversary lunch at the Sea Cliff Manor on Bryant Avenue, within walking distance of our church. See information on the response card. Please respond no later than October 1.
I wish to emphasize the importance of your full participation in the Liturgy and the anniversary lunch. On the day we celebrate our 75th anniversary as a parish, let us come together as a community of faith and mutual love. The two dimensions of the day are deeply connected. The Divine Liturgy brings us together in the Holy Eucharist, gathered around our bishops to give thanksgiving to God for 75 years of Christian ministry. The anniversary lunch brings us together in joyful fellowship. May the celebration of our 75th anniversary open for us the future of our mission and ministry as an Orthodox Christian community.
With love in Christ,
Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky
On November 8th Bishop Michael made his annual visit to our church. This was once again an important occasion for our bishop to meet us and for us to meet the bishop.
By decision of the Holy Synod, Bishop Michael bestowed special honors – elevated of Fr. Leonid to the rank of protopresbyter and awarded Fr. John Bartholomew with the jewelled cross.
This year our parish family celebrated several anniversaries. In July a festive reception in the parish hall and the church grounds marked 40 years since Fr. Leonid and Mimi, and their then small children Sonya and Masha, arrived to begin their service in Sea Cliff. On August 31st Mimi offered a reception to the whole parish after Liturgy to mark the 45th anniversary of Fr. Leonid and Mimi marriage. In November will be the 45th anniversary of Fr. Leonid ordination to the holy priesthood. Thus the visit of Bishop Michael completed the circle of anniversaries.
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Dear Parish Council members and Trustees:
You have been informed and reminded – by letter and e-mail – that on Saturday, November 8, Bishop Michael will celebrate Liturgy in our church.
On this occasion, he will read a prayer elevating me to the rank of Protopresbyter. This rare honor is granted to me by decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops.
Our Bishop will also award Fr. John Bartholomew the right to wear a jeweled cross.
Your attendance and participation is important! Please come to church by 9:30 a.m., at which time our Bishop will enter the church in preparation for the service. After vesting in the sanctuary, we will begin the Liturgy in the middle of the church. The prayers for Fr. John and me are read at the very beginning of the Liturgy.
We will have guest clergy from our sister churches in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
After the Liturgy we will hold a reception in the parish hall and church garden.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky
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