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From the desk of Fr.Nazari
Christ is Risen!
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
by God’s mercy we successfully ended our lenten journey and entered into the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First of all I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and for your participation in the lenten and paschal services, and for your spiritual and material support of our parish. I want to thank the choir for preparing a beautiful repertoire for all the services, making them truly joyous and bringing heaven closer to us while bringing us closer to heaven.
I thank the flower ladies for decorating the temple and once again making our Church “Bearing life and more fruitful than Paradise, brighter than any royal chamber”. I want to thank the sisterhood for organizing the church cleaning, and all the clergy and the altar servers who came to pray with us during Great Lent, the sacrament of Holy Unction, Palm Sunday, and the Paschal services.
Now as we are entering into the summer season and our liturgical calendar will be somewhat lighter, I plan to dedicate a lot of my attention to our Centennial Project, the continuation of the iconographic decoration of our main temple, and St. Herman’s Chapel under the belltower. On
May 24th the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the expansion of our church building. I specifically ask all of you to pray for the success of this hearing, so we can continue with our Centennial Project. This is a very important step which will allow us to move forward.
As for the iconographic development, just in time for the Archbishop’s visit on Palm Sunday, our beloved iconographer Marina Smetanina finished her work in the sanctuary. Everyone who was able to see these new additions (including His Eminence) was amazed by the beauty of our current altar, making it into a real Heaven on Earth. In the last issue of the Bulletin we included the schematics of future murals that we would like to put on the eastern wall over the iconostasis with the Holy Trinity in the middle, surrounded by clouds of the Holy Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament. This composition will serve as a visual extension of the iconostasis, completing the Theological revelation of the creation and salvation of humankind at the pre-eternal council of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit through Holy Patriarchs, prophets and all the way to the present when the Body and Blood of our Savor Jesus Christ is presented to us through the Heavenly Gates at every Divine Liturgy. The iconography of the temple is not only important from an esthetical point of view, but more importantly for our mystical experience of the sacramental life of the Holy Church through removal by icons and iconographic compositions, of the physical barriers of time and space, and introduction of us faithful to the mystical reality of the age to come. Please consider supporting us in this endeavor.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, again I want to draw your attention to the increasing number of new people in our Parish. Not all of them are familiar of our customs and ways, therefore once again I ask you to be patient and hospitable, making people welcome, assisting them if they don’t know how we are accustomed to doing things in our parish.
As I have said many times, strive to see the image of our Lord in every human being. Please lend your attention to the attached documents: one is about our code of conduct, and another is about church etiquette. Please listen to my announcements at the end of every Divine Liturgy for upcoming services. Check our bulletin boards for schedules and projects.
Last but not least, I want to thank Julia Hanzii and our Parochial School teachers and parents for their assistance for the Paschal celebration. I also want to thank Ekaterina Solovskaya and the Cathedral Children’s Choir for their additional beautification of our services, and the Little Sisterhood for their assistance with Church decoration and collections. I hope all of our parishioners – in fact I encourage you to do so – will also offer their thanks to our kids for their active participation in the spiritual life of our community. May God bless all of us!
Archpriest Nazari Polataiko
On Sunday, March 13, the first Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Archpriest Daniel Andrejuk, Dean of the Representation Church of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr in Moscow, was invited, as it is customary, to the concelebration at Christ the Savior Cathedral presided by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon took the opportunity of this invitation to have Father Daniel personally deliver a letter to officials within the Moscow Patriarchate for His Holiness imploring him to do what he can to end the war in Ukraine and the suffering and death of countless victims. In his message, His Beatitude further conveyed to Patriarch Kirill that the Orthodox Church in America has prayed fervently for a cessation of the hostilities against Ukraine since their onset.