Archipastoral Visit to the Church of St. Tikhon and New Martyrs of Russia, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada November 19-20, 2016.

24 November 2016

By the Grace of God, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada visited the Church of St. Tikhon and New Martyrs of Russia, Cambridge, to partake in the celebration of their parish feast. The parish feast day is on the weekend closest to the commemoration of the election of St. Tikhon as Patriarch on November 18th (new style) in 1917. With great anticipation the parishioners awaited for the arrival of their Archbishop for the All-night vigil service, and again, many parishioners and out-of-town guests greeted the Archbishop for Divine Liturgy the following day. During the Divine Liturgy, subdeacon Sergey Gusakov from Montreal was ordained as a deacon. Co-celebrating with the Archbishop were the rector of the church priest Evgeniy Shchukin, protopriest Vyacheslav Davidenko from Toronto and protodeacon Vasiliy Milonow from Ottawa.

Following Divine Liturgy, the sisterhood of the Church warmly invited guests for a festive dinner in the parish hall. The children of the parish school put on a wise and wonderful short play, and other parishioners treated guests with musical performances.
Archbishop Gabriel congratulated the parish with their Feastday, and wished them further growth – it has been less that two years that the parish has its own Church building. A tremendous amount of work has been done by the hands of the parishioners, including the iconostasis and even the icons. Several members of the parish received celebratory letters from the Archbishop.

The parish exists for 15 years, and prior to having their own priest, was often visited by and spiritually served by the reposed father Mikhail Luboshchinsky, and then by father Vyacheslav Davidenko. The parish has a school for children, active sisterhood and regular spiritual talks for adults and youth. The church spiritually serves those in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford and other nearby towns and cities.

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