Friday, Septemeber 15
On Friday evening, September 15, a concert entitled "Bells, Choirs & Resounding Virtuosity" was held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown, NY, beginning the celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY.
The concert was attended by Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America & New York, Metropolitan Saba of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, seminary rector Bishop Luke of Syracuse, clergy, alumni, students and guests.
Seminary dean Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky greeted all those in attendance, thanking them for their unwavering support of Holy Trinity Seminary during this jubilee year.
Opening the concert was a selection of liturgical music by the Osanna Chamber Ensemble under the direction of John Arlievsky. Timothy Morrow then provided a riveting engagement of reflections from Russia, France, and North America on the piano. The seminary choir, under the direction of Deacon Nicholas Kotar, concluded the evening with harmonious singing of liturgical music from the Divine Liturgy. The evening was adorned by a special recording of the bells of Holy Trinity Monastery by Readers John Keller, Nicholas Pavuk, and Yevgraf Jakimowicz.
The choristers were lauded by thunderous applause from the audience at the end of the evening.
Saturday, Septemeber 16
On Saturday, September 16, the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY continued with an academic theological conference entitled "The Orthodox Christian Seminary in the 21st Century." Gathering in the Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov Hall, the visiting hierarchs, clergy, alumni, students, and guests greeted the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America & New York. The day’s proceedings were held under the aegis of the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora ‒ the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
Seminary rector Bishop Luke of Syracuse welcomed the assembly and began his keynote address "Holy Trinity Seminary and the Theological Schools of Prerevolutionary Russia: Similarities & Differences."
Various theological lectures were presented throughout the day by seminary faculty and guest lecturers. The purpose of the program was to encourage broad knowledge of everything that prepared the way for today’s Orthodox seminary program, and how this may be interpreted for the benefit of contemporary pastoral objectives.
Attendees were served a traditional monastic luncheon in the monastery refectory, after which all were able to visit the bookstore and pray in the cathedral and at the graves of the departed First Hierarchs of the Russian Church Abroad and monastery brethren.
In the late afternoon, all were able to visit the onsite Russian History Museum and the new "Mysteries and Odysseys" exhibit.
Before the start of the All-Night Vigil, the hierarchs, clergy, and faithful triumphantly greeted the Kursk Root and myrrh-streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos. The resurrectional Vigil was then served in the monastery’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
Sunday Septemeber 17
On Sunday, September 17, the feast of Holy Prophet Moses the God-seer, the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Seminary concluded with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Jordanville, NY.
Liturgy was celebrated by Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America & New York, co-served by:
- Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada
- Archbishop Iriney of Ottawa & Canada (OCA)
- Bishop Isihije of Valjevo (Serbian Patriarchate)
- Bishop Irinej of Eastern America (Serbian Patriarchate)
- Bishop Irenei of London & Western Europe
- Bishop Luke of Syracuse, vicar of the Eastern American Diocese
- Bishop Job of Stuttgart, vicar of the Diocese of Germany, and
- Bishop Jerome (Shaw)
Concelebrating with the hierarchs were more than 50 diocesan and guest clergy.
Liturgy was held under the aegis of the wonderworking Kursk Root and myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icons of the Mother of God.
An expanded seminary choir sang marvelously under the direction of Deacon Nicholas Kotar. The cathedral was filled to capacity with faithful, many praying outdoors and in the lower church of St. Job of Pochaev, where a live feed was set up.
Before Holy Communion, Archpriest Peter Perekrestov (dean of Joy of all who Sorrow Cathedral in San Francisco, CA) delivered a sermon on the Sunday Gospel reading.
Upon conclusion of Liturgy, a short moleben was served to the Most Holy Theotokos.
In his remarks, the First Hierarch greeted all those assembled with the diamond anniversary of the seminary. He stressed the important example the memory of the reposed elders of the seminary set for all, including Archbishop Averky (Taushev; +1976), Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko; +1960), and Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla; +2008). He expressed his support to seminary rector Bishop Luke of Syracuse and ensured him of the prayers of the entire Church Abroad.
A diocesan gramota was presented to monastery laborer Marian Peko in honor of 30 years of dedicated service to the monastery and seminary.
Bishop Isihije of Valjevo then read aloud greetings of His Holiness, Patriarch Porfirije of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which underlined the inseparable relationship of the Russian Church Abroad and the Church of Serbia.
Archpriest Igor Vyzhanov (rector of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City) relayed the congratulations of His Eminence Anthony, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.
After a fraternal meal in the monastery refectory, a group photograph of all attendees was taken in front of the cathedral.
A festal banquet was held later that evening in Cooperstown’s historic Otesaga Hotel, where interaction and congratulatory addresses continued through the evening. A Synodal gramota was presented to Bishop Luke, Dean Nicolas Schidlovsky, and the faculty of Holy Trinity Seminary on the occasion of the jubilee.