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Protodeacon Peter Markevich

Lecturer in liturgics


My love for the Liturgical traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church was inculcated from a very young age. My mother, an alto, would regularly bring me with her to the choir loft of our parish until I was old enough to serve in the altar. From the age of seven, I also began to sing in the St. Cyril and Methodius Youth Choir at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco. I would continue to sing in church throughout my youth under the direction of V.V. Krassovsky, A.V. Rudenko, and others. These years of active participation both in the altar and on kliros served as a foundation for the more formal education I received at Holy Trinity Seminary when I enrolled upon completion of my university education.


In Jordanville, one quickly learns that the liturgical life of a typical parish offers only the tip of the iceberg. While easily overwhelming, the monastery’s dedication to life of active prayer offers the seminarian an opportunity to develop a holistic view of the typicon that encompasses the entirety of our life as Christians.


In addition to teaching at HTOS, I serve as the marketing and sales manager of Holy Trinity Publications, which seeks to make the heritage of Orthodox Russia accessible to all today who seek to live a life of faithfulness to God within His Holy Church. Among my duties there is the management of the web publication, Orthodox Life.


Educational Background


B.S., Political Science and Economics, University of California Davis, 2009

B.Th., Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, 2013


Teaching Interests


Liturgical Traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

Liturgical Theology

Ancient Liturgies of the Orthodox Church


Current Projects and Research Interests


My B.Th. Thesis consisted of a study of the Dogmatic and Soteriological teachings contained in the services of the Sunday Octoechos. I have a long-standing aim to expand and develop this work into a longer monograph.


An additional research interest of mine, though not primarily liturgical in nature, is the Archpriest George Cheremeteff, one of my maternal great-grandfathers. He began his life as the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Russia, served in the cavalier guard before and during the Russian Civil War, and reposed in 1971 as a priest in London.


Recent Courses


LITURG 241 Dogmatic Theology

LITURG 242 Liturgical Theology


Selected Publications


Rejoice, Undoubted Boast of the Faithful!” Orthodox Life (2017).


Keeping Watch by Night: Services of the Nativity Fast,” Orthodox Life (2016).


(translator) D.P. Anashkin, “The Real Rasputin?: A Look at His Admirers’ Revisionist History”, Orthodox Life (2017).

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