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Bishop Michael Celebrates Patronal Feast with East Meadow Faithful
Visit coincides with community’s temple anniversary celebration

East Meadow, NY –His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York was warmly welcomed by the clergy and faithful of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church here, to celebrate 50 years of worship in the present church building on June 2-3, 2012. The weekend festivities coincided with the parish’s patronal feast of Pentecost, and included the special liturgical blessings and recognition for service to Christ’s holy church.

The very busy weekend included the celebration of the festal all-night vigil on Saturday, and the hierarchical divine liturgy on Sunday with the tonsuring of three new readers for the parish, followed by the vespers for Pentecost, and an outdoor BBQ banquet.

“It was a great blessing to have Bishop Michael join us on this special occasion,” said Father Martin Kraus, rector of Holy Trinity. “He offered words of gratitude for those members of our parish who made it possible to have such a beautiful temple, and encouraged us to continue their efforts to share the Good News and be witnesses and servants to those around us.”

The church structure, built in 1962 while Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak was rector, replaced the original church from the parish’s founding in 1924. Father Daniel joined Bishop Michael, Father Martin for the weekend celebration, along with Father Sergei Glagolev, another former priest of the parish, Father Seraphim Joa, a son of the parish and recent graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and Dn John Diamantis, also attached to Holy Trinity.

While sharing his memories during the festive banquet, Father Daniel said, “We had simply outgrown the original church. So we took the natural steps to have a larger church in which to worship and additional space downstairs for fellowship and education afterwards.”

Bishop Michael noted in his homily that Solomon’s temple was built to particular specifications to be a house worthy of God, and the same can be said for Holy Trinity Church. But, he added, what makes it truly God’s home is when the people of God fill the church and worship our Lord, “This magnificent building is a testament to the love and dedication of the benefactors of Holy Trinity who were committed to God. It is up to us to have the same commitment today, and share our story with those we know, inviting them to share the beauty of our worship and experience of Jesus Christ.”

As part of the special anniversary celebration, His Grace presented diocesan citations to parishioners who were instrumental in the development and construction of the present church building five decades ago, including Walter Palchik, Ken Ripplett, Charles Minchik, John & Virginia Jerosh, Fred & Edna Fetkowitz, and Alexandra Dowbak. Their efforts not only provided a church building for Holy Trinity in East Meadow, but also inspired the next generation to support subsequent missions which were established elsewhere on Long Island. In recognition of the ‘next generation’ carrying on the tradition of selfless service for the church, two additional long-time parishioners, Dennis Kurtz and Loraine Babaian, also received citations from Bishop Michael.

Prior to the start of the divine liturgy, His Grace tonsured Dr. Nicholas Reeves, parish choir director, George Zabierowski, and Martin Kraus as readers. During the Little Entrance, His Grace bestowed the Gold Cross on Father Martin Kraus for his years of service and pastoral dedication to the mission of the church and diocese.

During the banquet, guests had the opportunity to review archival memorabilia which was made available, and included photos and keepsakes which parishioners had brought in. An on-line photo gallery is now available here on the parish website, featuring images dating back to the original church, along with others of the ground breaking by His Grace, Bishop Irinej in 1961, construction, and consecration in 1962.

According to a Newsday clipping from December 14, 1961 featuring a photo of Father Daniel with William Jubak of the building committee, the cost of the building was under $200,000. Father Martin noted, “While the financial value of the building is significantly more today, in spiritual terms our church is priceless.”

Photos from the Pentecost weekend celebration are available here.

 

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