Here are a few photos from our church as we moved through Holy Week to the fullness of Great and Holy Pascha!
Thank you to all who assisted in preparing, celebrating, singing responses, serving, and cleaning!
In the Risen Lord,
Archpriest Steven Voytovich
(Photos of Paschal Services, Reader Peter Romanovsky)
(Photos of Bright Monday procession, John Kruchok)
Archpriest Michael, Rector of Holy Transfiguration Church, retired from active ministry as 2018 drew to a close. Father Michael and Matushka Lydia served Holy Transfiguration Church with dedication and love for 38 years! The parish community hosted a celebratory luncheon on Nov. 11th. These photos were taken during Fr. Michael's last Sunday Divine Liturgy as Rector, on December 30th. The parish is grateful that Protodeacon Paul Nimchek came to serve with Fr. Michael, from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Terryville.
Fr. Michael will remain attached to Holy Transfiguration Church in retirement, and Mat. Lydia continues to serve as Choir Director and Church School Coordinator.
(Photos taken by Peter Romanovsky)
Stremsky Family Benefit ConcertThe Stremsky family returned for the second consecutive year to perform a benefit concert at Holy Transfiguration. Father Nicholas and Matushka Galina are parents of largest family in Russia.
Feast of TransfigurationIn celebration of their parish feast, the faithful of Holy Transfiguration went on procession and held a benefit breakfast for the Mosher family following the Divine Liturgy.
Parish Life, Spring '04Spring was a busy time at Holy Transfiguration including a meeting of the OCA Humanitarian Aid Committee, students being recognized for their participation in the lenten read-a-thon, a molieben service, and the close of church school.
Bridegroom MatinsThe clergy and faithful of the Connecticut Deanery joined to celebrate the Bridegroom Matins of Holy Monday on April 4, 2004 at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in New Haven.
The Holy Transfiguration Church Community actively prepared for the Pentecost Feast on multiple levels. These levels included the church itself through iconography underway and preparations for the feast, and the parish pastor and faithful through a very meaningful retreat! Please see the gallery of photos to reflect this preparation.
Archpriest Theodore Jurewicz, and his son John Jurewicz, arrived at Holy Transfiguration Church on Monday, June 3rd and will be with us through most of this month. John has become an accomplished icongrapher in working with his father. They have been working to complete iconography in the church that has been underway now for literally decades! It is nothing short of incredible to see their work take more definitive shape each day!
On Saturday, June 15th, Fr. Steven and parish faithful welcomed Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery. He led a retreat entitled, "Acquiring the Mind of Christ". Fr. Sergius shared that any effort to ascend spiritual heights is accompanied by descent into spiritual struggle. Referencing corporate worship (daily services) Fr. Sergius indicated this being half the effort of transformation, with the other half reflected in personal prayer of each of the faithful. Of the latter, Fr. Sergius spoke of relationship with Christ as even more important than the rule of prayer, inviting retreat partipants to enter into the inner movement of their heart in calling out to God. He quoted many fathers, including St. John Climacus in sharing that "prayer is converse and union with God". Later in the retreat Fr. Sergius shared a sample rule of prayer that includes actions, prayer, reading, to involve all aspects of our being in prayer.
Following the retreat, those gathered celebrated the Vigil for Pentecost. Archimandrite Sergius stayed to join in the celebration of the Litya during Vespers. With all of these active preparations, the celebration of the Festal services was even more full! Thanks be to God for Fr. Sergius being with us, and may this retreat day bear fruit through the Grace of the Holy Spirit!
(Photos by John Kruchok)
Russian Children's ChoirWith fifty-three children, Father Nicholas and Matushka Galina Stremsky are parents of the largest family in Russia. The family lives in the city of Saraktash on the edge of the Urals, in central Russia. On November 3, 2003, Father Nicholas and eleven children from their family choir visited New Haven, sang for our parish and many visitors, and charmed everyone.