Parish feast in Montreal

09:06 AM

This year, the parish feast of St. Nicholas’ Cathedral in Montreal, celebrated on “Winter St. Nicholas”, December 6/19, fell on Sunday. Guests from the other parishes of our diocese arrived for the all-night vigil on Saturday: for Polyeleos, His Grace, Gabriel, Bishop of Montreal and Canada, was followed not only by the cathedral clergy: the sacristan, protopriest George Lagodich and priest Michael Metni, but also by priest Viatcheslav Davidenko (Trinity cathedral, Toronto, Ontario) and priest Alexey Pjawka (Protection Memorial church, Ottawa, Ontario).

His Grace, Vladyka Gabriel served the Divine Liturgy, along with the above mentioned clergy, together with protodeacon Vasili Milonow, cathedral deacon Boris Sidorenko, and deacon Eugene Schukin, who was ordained to the priesthood after the Great Entrance. Fr. Eugene will have the task of caring for the recently established community of St. Tikhon, the Patriarch of Moscow, the Confessor, in Kitchener, Ontario.

The services were held with a large number of people attending: there were not only local parishioners, but also those, who came to the cathedral in order to share the feast with the Montreal parishioners. The cathedral choir, under the direction of Michael Kreiger-Voinovsky, sang beautifully and movingly.

Priest Viatcheslav Davidenko preached a sermon, and after the dismissal, Vladyka Gabriel address the flock with his archpastoral greeting. After the prayer service before the church icon with the relics of St. Nicholas, and after the chanting of many years, all present were invited to a meal, prepared by the cathedral sisterhood, which is long famous for its hospitality.

Here are some photos from the event in Montreal.