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.
The services 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 traditions...
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 future
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.