На праздник Троицы клирик Синодального Знаменского собора РПЦЗ перешел в Славянское Викариатство

Cleric of ROCOR Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign joins the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate

June 13, 2022

On June 12, the feast day of the Holy Trinity and second day of Holy Pentecost, the Divine Liturgy was served at St. John the Baptist and Forerunner Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY.  It was led by its Rector, Archpriest Alexander Belya, assisted by Protodeacons Peter Utkin and George Hero.

Among the clergy who served was Archpriest Eduard Chervinskiy, formerly a cleric of the ROCOR Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in Manhattan for many years.  On the eve of the feast of the Holy Pentecost he transferred to the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate of America.

On Holy Pentecost, the Church remembers the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles that occured ten days after the Ascension of the Savior, the 50th day after Pascha (the Resurrection of Christ).  Having received the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles began openly and fearlessly preaching the Gospel to different nations in their native languages and dialects.  This day, which  commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit and glorifies the Holy Trinity, is considered the foundation of the Church.

According to Orthodox Church liturgical practice, on Pentecost Sunday Vespers are served at the end of the Liturgy.   During this service the clergy and congregation kneel while prayers written by St. Basil the Great in the 4th century are read.  At the end of the service, Archpriest Alexander greeted the clergy and parishioners on the day of the Holy Trinity and Pentecost.

The day before Pentecost Sunday is the Saturday of Souls,which commemorates all departed Orthodox Christians.  On that day following Divine Liturgy a panihida for the dead, was served at St. John the Forerunner Cathedral in Brooklyn.  A new memorial table was consecrated.  Its construction was developed by the Warden of the Cathedral Ivan Belya, and is in the form of a three-dimensional metal structure, 2 meters wide and 4.2 meters high. The area where the candles are placed is covered with a large canopy crowned with a cross on top of a golden dome.