Recently the monastery held its annual Labor Day pilgrimage in honor of the patron saint of the printing brotherhood, St. Job of Pochaev, but the real feast day of the saint, patron saint also of the basement church of the cathedral is held on August 28 (old style). In recent years, seminary classes commence for the fall semester the beginning of September according to the civil calendar, so the church was filled with seminarians, including many new students.
His Grace, Bishop Luke, presided at the services, which included a moleben and Cross Procession around the cathedral after the Divine Liturgy. In his sermon, Igumen Theophylact pointed out the intimate ties between our monastery and its missionary work with St. Job and his struggles to preserve Orthodoxy in 17thcentury Volynia with the Pochaev monastery as the hub of his printing work. Also, very obvious are the ties between what is going on today in present-day Ukraine and Kievan Rus’ of the time of St. Job.
May God help us to carry on the legacy of the Venerable Job Wonderworker of Pochaev, and through his prayers may he preserve the faithful in Ukraine within the canonical church.