As the culmination of their first or second year at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (HTOS), students Ivan Gryaznov, Mykola Ivanchuk, Evan Nalitov, James Racz, and Lazarus Sparandera, accompanied by two professors, Deacon Andrei Psarev and Dr. Vitaly Permiakov, drove four hours to New York City on Friday May 11, for Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary's annual field trip. Always an eagerly anticipated excursion, this trip not only supplements our Seminary's history courses with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but also extends our spiritual mission through an evening with Bishop Nicholas.
When they arrived at the top of one of Manhattan's highest hills, the seminarians were impressed immediately by the Synod's location on East 93rd Street in the heart of the Upper East Side. Bishop Nicholas himself greeted them and conducted the group on a tour of this historic landmark, leading them through the Chapel of St. Sergius of Radonezh with its miraculous icon of "The Joy of All who Sorrow" and into the Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign. After blessing the seminarians with the Kurst-Root Icon, Bishop Nicholas invited them into his personal living room for fellowship and pastoral advice. The evening ended with everyone going out to dinner.
The next morning the HTOS seminarians headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then its annex at “The Cloisters” on the Hudson River. In keeping with an annual tradition, Deacon Evan Freeman, a doctoral candidate in Byzantine Art at Yale University and a Lecturer in Liturgical Art at St Vladimir’s Seminary, met the seminarians in the Met's Byzantine art section for a private tour. Afterward the students were able to explore the museum on their own
After Great Vespers, dinner, and fellowship at St. Vladimir's Seminary, the HTOS seminarians returned to campus on Saturday night, sharing enthusiastically their experiences with other students.
We thank God the Holy Trinity for an educational, spiritually edifying, and fun trip to the Big Apple!