The feast of the Three Hierarchs, Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, is the feast of our Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary. More information about this feast can be found on the seminary website and facebook page.
However, since the monastery and the seminary are tightly bound together, especially liturgically, it is also a feast of the monastery. His Grace Bishop Luke, our rector and abbot was joined by His Eminence, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, who presided at the services on this occasion. Vladyka Gabriel has always been a great supporter of the monastery as well as the seminary.
As is traditional, the clergy and choir used the Church Greek language for a number of hymns and prayers, to bring home the Byzantine background of our Church as well as our services. The saints, themselves, of course, were active in Church life during the foundations of the Byzantine empire.
After the Divine Liturgy, concelebrated by both hierarchs along with a number of monastery clergy and guest clergy, graduates of the seminary, the usual festal lunch was served, and promptly following was a celebratory tea in the seminary hall, prepared by the Dean of Students, Hieromonk Theodore with the seminarians. This year, due to the fact that Vladyka Gabriel had to hurry back to New York, the tea was relatively brief, but he as well as the Dean, Nicolas Shidlovksy and the Director of Development, Deacon Michael Pavuk, gave short speeches in which the present developments of the Seminary were discussed as well as encouragement from Vladyka Gabriel to continue in education and effort for the salvation of souls and the good of our Holy Church.