Third-year Seminarian receives scholarship from the St. Alexander Nevky Parish Fund
On September 11, 2004, by invitation of the parish of St. Alexander Nevsky, Fr. Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov, Assistant Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, and Constantine Nogovitsyn, a third-year Seminarian at Holy Trinity Seminary, traveled to Lakewood, N.J. to the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral for the celebrations of the parish feast.
His Grace Bishop Gabriel officiated at All-night Vigil along with a number of guests all in attendance for the celebrations of St. Alexander Nevsky's memory. Among the guest were Igumen Afanasii (Mastalskii), Archpriest Boris Kizenko, Archpriest Lubo Miloshevich, Priest Leonid Goferman and Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk.
An all-male choir sang under the direction of Archpriest Serge Lukianov during All-night vigil, while during the Hierarchal Liturgy Andrei Burbelo directed the cathedral's choir. Bishop Gabriel was met before the Liturgy by the cathedral's starosta with the traditional bread and salt after which the rector Fr. Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov officially welcomed His Grace to the parish. Fr. Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, Archpriest Serge Lukianov, Protodeacon Joseph Jarostchuk, Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov and Deacon Nicholas Lukianov all served along the side of His Grace Bishop Gabriel during Divine Liturgy. At the end of the service, Subdeacon Alexander Lukianov of St. Alexander Nevsky parish, received a hierarchal gramota for his extensive service to the Church.
The cathedral's rector warmly invited all present to share a festive meal in the parish hall. After several speeches, Fr. Valery Lukianov officially announced this year's recipient of the St. Alexander Nevky Parish scholarship. Constantine Nogovistyn, a young seminarian from Ishim (Siberia) was chosen to receive a $1,500.00 scholarship towards his tuition. Constantine thanked the parish for their generosity and spoke about his life growing up in Siberia and his decision to become a seminarian. Afterwards, Fr. Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov addressed the congregation and remarked on the longstanding relationship between HTS and the St. Alexander Nevsky parish.
Addressing the congregation, Fr. Vladimir reminded all present that the parish's previous rector's (Archpriest Vasilii Boshchanovsky) textbook on Pastoral Theology is used at the Seminary to this day, that both the rector, Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov (class of 1975) and Archpriest Serge Lukianov (class of 1981) are graduates of Holy Trinity Seminary, Deacon Nicholas Lukianov is currently enrolled in the Seminary's certificate program, the cathedral's choir director Andrei Burbelo graduated from the Seminary's program in liturgical music and the magnificent cathedral is beautified by the labors of other graduates of Holy Trinity Seminary - the iconographer Hieromonk Andrei Erastov (class of 1982) with his apprentices and also the carver Archpriest Stefan Sabelnik (class of 1971). St. Alexander Nevsky parish has for years shown a keen awareness and understanding of the importance of the Seminary's mission and has also directly benefited from the fruits of theses labors. It is, therefore, not suprising, concluded Fr. Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov that the parish has continued to show such generosity over the years. Before concluding the day's events, a special collection for the needs of Holy Trinity Seminary was made as a result of which a check for $1,300.00 was given to the Seminary. Holy Trinity Seminary wishes to express its gratitude for the kindness and support of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, Archpriest Serge Lukianov, Deacon Nicholas Lukianov, the St. Alexander Nevsky parish and the St. Alexander Nevky Parish Fund.
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