greetings from norwich - Holy New Martyrs of Russia ! we're about to do the same thing, so if you are given an "office" for this purpose please forward it on to me. We're about to break ground next month.
Hope to run into you again soon. I'm still trying to put together an English Choir Workshop - probably not until our building is completed next spring.....please pray for us, Father Basil Grisel
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Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 1:09 PM
Subject: [ustav] Blessing a Church Hall
Our parish has begun the construction of a new hall/building. So far, there's just a hole in the ground, but our bishop will visit to lay the cornerstone in a few weeks.
I'm wondering if people have any advice regarding an appropriate moleben or other service for the event. At this point we're considering a moleben for the beginning of any good activity (not sure how that's translated -- "Moleben k nachalu vsiakago dobrago dela" in Slavonic), along with the blessing of the cornerstone with holy water.
In the Jordanville Trebnik, there are services/prayers, to be read at the groundbreaking of a new church, or a house, but neither of those seems appropriate, the church for obvious reasons, and the house, because the prayers make it clear that the building is to be used as a dwelling.
So what I'm asking is, does anyone know of an office or service to bless the construction of a generic building? If such a thing does not exist, what recommendations have ye for our particular need?
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