NEW BRITAIN — Metropolitan Tikhon, head of the Orthodox Church in America, will visit the city Oct. 12 and 13 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
The Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 305 Washington St., will celebrate the centennial of the laying of the cornerstone the church moved to its
current location from a previous building on Beatty Street. Father David Koles, who has been pastor at the church since March 2006, said 120 adults and 14 children regularly attend services at the church, which has remained largely unchanged since except for minor structural renovations.
On the first day of celebration, Koles will be joined by Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and Archbishop Nikon, of Boston and the Diocese of New England. They will conduct the Great Vespers ceremony at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner.
The following day, the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be read at 9 a.m., with the archbishop, present and former rectors at the church, and guest clergy greeting the primate. The guests include Father Sergei Kuharsky, rector from 1956 to 1964, Father Sergei Bounteneff, rector from 1977 to 1989, Father John Kretar, chancellor of the Diocese of New England,
Father Antony Gori, Father Steven Voytovich and Father
At the conclusion of the service, there will be a procession around the church with prayers and a blessing of the grounds with holy water. Following the procession, a coffee hour will held at the church followed by a banquet at the Hartford Marriott Farmington at 15 Farm Springs Rd. There, the Yale Russian Male Chorus will sing 100 years of liturgical music in honor of the occasion. Some of the songs will be sung in English, while others will be sung in Old Slavic, the language originally used at the church before 1960.
Koles said he was definitely looking forward to the anniversary celebration.
“This is a wonderful occasion,” he said. “We’re celebrating being here on Washington Street and a part of this community for 100 years. We’re looking forward to being a shining light of Christ for the next 100 years.”
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IF YOU GO
What: 100 year anniversary celebration of Laying of the Cornerstone
Where: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 305 Washington St., New Britain, Hartford Marriott Farmington at 15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington.
When: Great Vespers Ceremony Oct. 12 at 5 p.m., Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Procession Oct. 13 at 9 p.m., banquet Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Who: Primate Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop Nikon, of Boston and the Diocese of New England.