In the summer of the year 2004
Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago & Detroit,
blessed the beginning of the new parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia (RÎCOR) in Ingham County, Michigan. The first service (a Moleben)
was held by the Priest Gregory Joyce, Rector of St. Vladimir Church in Dexter,
Michigan. Fr. Gregory will oversee our Mission until a permanent Rector can be
assigned. The service was held on the 1st of August, 2004 -- the day of the
250th anniversary of the birth of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and 101st anniversary
since the His earthly glorification.
are conducted according to the Old (Julian) Calendar and the traditional Russian (Jerusalem) Typikon
in two languages -- Church-Slavonic and English. We are striving in
our parish to follow the Orthodox Apostolic
Only now after more then five years
since Mission inception in December 2009 we were able to acquire the real
estate property with the building suitable for the
Our parish is small and grows slow.
And the main reason, of course, the absence of our own priest, and before -
luck of the own building for the Church. And even now when we do have
the land and the building, we need to do a lot of work in order to repair it
and make it usable for the Divine Services. We are already used to feel
like "Fr. Seraphim's orphans", and the difficulties that our small parish has
to live through teach us humility, love, and careful attention to each other.
We already have an Iconostasis that we
have inherited from the Mission in Ohio state. The deal is "simple" - to
turn the acquired building into the Church! :-)
Erection of the Christ's Church is the MUTUAL DEAL, indeed. And if you
have a good intention to participate in this deal and to work for God's Glory,
we, of course, will be very glad to ask for the reward for your help in our
prayers in the Mission. Especially we are asking for your attentive
prayers for us and our young parish.
Glory to God for everything!
Warden of the Mission, subdeacon
10 of September 2010.