Seminary Marks Patronal Feastday
Holy Trinity Seminary marked the commemoration of its patron saints, the Three Hierarchs, on Saturday, February 11, with festive services and a reception. Continuing a tradition renewed last year, a portion of both services was read in Greek. The use of Greek in these services serves as a reminder that the theological and liturgical legacy treasured by the Russian Orthodox Church is an inheritance from the Byzantine Church, as exemplified by the Seminary's patron saints, St John Chrysostome, St Basil the Great, and St. John Chrysostom.
The Seminary was pleased to welcome His Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland, who concelebrated with His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, during the Vigil and Divine Liturgy. During the Small Entrance at the Liturgy, Metropolitan Laurus awarded Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky) the right to wear the Gold Cross in recognition of his many labors, which include heading the Holy Trinity Seminary and Monastery choir and teaching church music in Seminary. Hieromonk Roman is himself a graduate of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (class of 1984). During the reception following the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Laurus awarded Alexis Pjawka, a fouth-year student, the Holy Trinity Seminary Scholarship in recognition of scholastic and disciplinary excellence.