On the weekend of December 5-6, His Grace Bishop Luke traveled with the Jordanville Pochaev Icon and the Seminary Choir, under the direction of Deacon Nicholas Kotar, to St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell (Lakewood), NJ at the invitation of the rector, Archpriest Serge Lukianov.
This weekend also celebrated the memory of the cathedral’s patron saint; the Holy Right-Believing Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, in monasticism Alexis. He is known universally as the quintessential warrior saint. All Night Vigil took place on Saturday evening beginning at 5:00 pm with the greeting of the Pochaev Icon. The entrance and greeting of His Grace, Bishop Luke began at 9:00 am on Sunday morning. In addition, seminary Dean Nicolas Schidlovsky, Priest Ephraim Willmarth, Registrar and Director of Admissions, and Deacon Michael Pavuk, Director of Development were part of the delegation from Jordanville at the Divine Services.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, Bishop Luke awarded Fr. Anthony Williams (HTS class of 2013) the right to wear the nabedrennik.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Bishop Luke greeted the clergy and parishioners with their patronal feast, and noted the importance of helping one's neighbor, especially during the days of the Nativity Fast. As Christ the Savior said: Inasmuch as you help your neighbor, you have helped Me: "For I was a hungered, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me" (Matthew 25: 35-36).
Fr. Serge, cathedral rector, thanked Bishop Luke for traveling to the parish with the Pochaev Icon and the seminary choir. Fr Serge also thanked Fr. Nicholas Kotar for directing the choir, and the singers for their beautiful singing, and presented seminary dean Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky with a check for $10,000 to benefit the seminary.
The parish sisterhood organized a luncheon for the clergy and faithful in the parish hall, during which the seminarians were all presents gifts. We express sincere gratitude to Fr Serge and the parish for their continued love and support of the seminary.