Пасхальное послание прот. Александра Анчутина
Возлюбленные о Господе отцы, братья, и сестры!
Очень часто наша жизнь переполняется заботами и обязанностями, и мы забываем о самых важных, главных вещах. Это случается в нашей духовной жизни, тоже. Но вдруг, наступает момент, и все эти несущественные вещи отпадают и у нас возникает возможность сконцентрировать наш ум и наше сердце на самом важном.
В эту Пасху, Господь посылает нам такую возможность. Нынешняя эпидемия является для многих из нас первым переживанием в котором наша жизнь затронута до такой степени, что буквально все изменено - наша обыденная жизнь, наши отношения с ближними, наша работа, обыкновенные выражения нашей веры, и участие в жизни Церкви в эти самые святые дни. И мы лишены почти всего, что для нас связано с празднованием Пасхи. Но, если мы действительно вдумаемся в эту реяльность, то мы поймем, что, с отнятием всего второстепенного с которым Пасха типично сопряжена, у нас остается только самая сущность, истинное значение Праздника праздников. Победы Христа над адом, прощения надъ грехомъ, жизни над смертью.
Мы можем сосредоточиться на этой Истине и до самой глубины понять и пережить основательный смысл Христовых Страстей и Его окончательной победы. Таким образом, Пасхальная радость может быть для нас гораздо более глубокой и многозначительной, чем в другие годы, когда она затемняется менее важными заботами.
Именно это я желаю вам в этом году – понять, что эта Пасха, такая необыкновенная, и кажущаяся такой печальной, въ действительности может быть самой глубоко полноценной которую мы когда-либо пережили. Всё, что у нас есть, это сам Праздник, и сам Праздник – это ВСЁ.
Да пребудет свет этой Пасхи с нами навсегда.
Протоиерей Александр Анчутин
19-го апреля, 2020 г.
Easter Epistle of Rev. Alexandre Antchoutine
Christ is Risen!
Beloved Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters in the Lord!
Very often our lives get so busy with commitments and obligations that we lose track of the most important, central things. It can be this way in our spiritual life, as well. But then, something happens to strip away all of the non-essential things and we have the opportunity to re-focus our hearts and minds on what is truly important.
God has sent us such an opportunity this Pascha. The current epidemic represents for many of us the first experience in which our lives are so profoundly affected as to change virtually everything – our daily lives, our interactions with those close to us, our jobs, and the usual expressions of our faith and participation in the life of the Church during these holiest days. And so many of the things we associate with Pascha are also taken from us. Yet, if we really consider the implications of this reality, we can understand that, with all of the peripheral things that Pascha typically means for us stripped away, we are left with the essence – the true meaning of the Feast of Feasts. The victory of Christ over hell, of forgiveness over sin, of life over death.
We can focus on this Truth and truly comprehend and experience the central meaning of Christ's Passion and ultimate Victory. And in this way, the joy of Pascha can be far more profound and meaningful than in other years, when it can be obscured by less important concerns.
This is what I wish you this year – to understand that this Pascha, so unusual and seemingly sad, can actually be the most deeply fulfilling one we have ever experienced. The only thing we have is the Feast itself, and the Feast itself is EVERYTHING.
May the light of this Pascha remain with us forever.
Truly, He is risen!
Archpriest Alexandre Antchoutine
Pascha of the Lord
April 19, 2020
Welcome to our parish!
In 1949, Prince Serge Beloselsky-Belozersky and his wife Florence donated funds for the purchase of a small property to be used as a home for the aged in Glen Cove on Long Island. Dimitry D. Mitkevich, who was appointed director of the home, purchased five more such buildings in the area for a similar purpose with funds donated by Prince Beloselsky. The Prince established an organization – the Russian-American Aid Society – to manage the properties.
Russian émigrés, many of whom had fled the horrors of the USSR, and survived revolution, wars, and dislocation, found comfort in the homes established by Prince Beloselsky.
In 1950, the Prince set up a small church in the basement of the building and regular services commenced. The first rector was Priest Michael Korchak- Sivitsky. Soon after, the church was moved out of the basement into a remodeled garage that was situated behind the home. The parish grew quickly with the influx of many émigrés arriving after the Second World War to Glen Cove and neighboring Sea Cliff.
On November 26, 1951, the church was fully consecrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Anastassy and it soon became an important center of émigré life. Protopriest Daniel Dumsky became the second rector of the parish in 1951.
Four years later, another church, dedicated to St. Seraphim of Sarov, was built in the neighboring town of Sea Cliff. Father Daniel was transferred to that parish and the Synod appointed Priest Emmanuel Essensky in his place. Father Emmanuel was rector until his tonsure and consecration as Bishop Constantine in 1968. He was a master wood carver and his carvings adorn both the interior and exterior of the church. He built and decorated with carvings a new iconostasis (altar screen), a chandelier and many icon cases. The architect Valentine Glinin, a parishioner, crafted two shingled onion domes, and in time, the place of worship took on the appearance of an inviting Russian village church.
After Bishop Constantine’s departure, Father Michael Korchak-Sivitsky was again appointed rector; he was succeeded after his repose in 1978 by Protopriest Alexander Kovalev, then by Priests Serge Klestov, Mark Burachek, Victor Ivanov and Priestmonk Andrew (Kostadis). Since 2004, Father Alexandre Antchoutine has served as rector. Gabriel G. Temidis was the church warden (starosta) from 1971 until his retirement in 2012 when his son, Andre Temidis took over in his place. The responsibilities of warden are now performed by a council of several parishioners.
In 1996 the nearby parish of St. Sergius of Radonezh was joined with the parish. Today, the parish, now named Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and St. Sergius, continues to grow and develop thanks to the good works of its pastor, its congregation and the arrival of new émigrés from Russia.
In 2004, construction of a large Parish Hall was completed. Soon after, a parish school was established.
The church contains several sacred objects worth noting: an icon of the Mother of God that has miraculously renewed itself, and the relics of the Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon and of many saints of the Kiev-Caves Lavra. In our church can also be found the skufya (cap) of St. Metrophanes, Bishop of Voronezh, a piece of the vestments of St. Joasaph of Belgorod taken from his relics, and many rare and beautiful old icons.
The services at our parish are conducted in Church Slavonic, but while we are a traditional, Russian Orthodox parish, today our Church is home to Orthodox believers of many ethnic backgrounds and all are welcome. Please visit us, come to one of our services, and experience the Ancient Faith.