OCA parishes celebrate a century and more of existence (+VIDEO)

Jersey City, New Jersey and Broadview Heights, Ohio, November 15, 2022

Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City. Photo: peterpaul.church Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City. Photo: peterpaul.church   

At least two parishes in the Orthodox Church in America have celebrated major milestones recently.

On Sunday, October 30, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City, New Jersey, celebrated its 115th anniversary with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, and a host of local and visiting clergy, the cathedral reports.

The Archbishop was greeted at the church with bread and salt by the parish president and flowers, candles, and incense made by the Church school children. In turn, he presented a gramota award to the parish and to Very Reverend John Kluchko for the 60th anniversary of his priesthood.

The parish was incorporated on October 7, 1907, and on October 24, St. Alexander Hotovitsky celebrated the first Divine Liturgy.

Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights. Photo: domoca.org Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights. Photo: domoca.org   

And over the weekend of November 4-6, Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio, celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The church site reads:

In 1922, without a building to call their own, a group of faithful Orthodox began holding services at a local YMCA, St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox church on East 36th and ultimately until 1926, in a vacant building on the property of the old Second Presbyterian Church on East 30th St. From these humble beginnings, through the purchase of land on Union Avenue to building and opening of a sister parish in Maple Heights, and finally to the purchase of property and building of our current Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights, we have a lot to celebrate and to be thankful for!

The anniversary weekend was highlighted by the presence of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington and All America and Canada and His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of Chicago and the Midwest.

Photo: 100.stmichaelscleveland.org Photo: 100.stmichaelscleveland.org     

On Friday, November 4, a welcome dinner was held in downtown Cleveland in honor of Met. Tikhon and Abp. Daniel. The next day, the hierarchs concelebrated the Divine Liturgy for the 100th anniversary of the parish, followed by a banquet attended by local and visiting clergy and faithful.

Great Vespers was celebrated on Saturday evening, and the next morning, Abp. Daniel again celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the church, followed by a procession and the commemorative planting of a tree and time capsule.

The weekend concluded with a family brunch with games and activities for the parish youth.

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John D11/17/2022 11:54 pm
Uhhh, It wasn't the OCA back then. They got their start in 1970...back then it was The Russian Church Abroad. See: A HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN CHURCH ABROAD AND THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE AMERICAN METROPOLIA'S AUTOCEPHALY Original Title: The History of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States Published By: St. Nectarios Press, 9223-20th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98115 Libraryof Congress Catalog Number: 72-79507 ISBN 0-913026-04-2 http://rocorhistoryhtm.blogspot.ca/2011/03/chapterv-ought-metropolia-to-have.html A History of the Russian Church Abroad Book Review by Fr. Seraphim Rose Unrewritten History of ROCOR 1917-1971 https://readerdanielsharing.blogspot.com/2018/05/book-review-by-fr-hieromonk-seraphim.html note: "Metropolia" was the old name of the OCA (Orthodox Church of America today, 2014, under OCA Primate Tikhon Mollard) Orthodox Word #44 May/June 1972 Book Review by Fr. Seraphim Rose A History of the Russian Church Abroad edited by Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Boston. St. Nectarios Orthodox Church, Seattle, 1972. 209 pp. It is doubtless symptomatic of the state of Orthodoxy today that this important book which reflects the mature Orthodox thought of one part of Orthodoxy in America should be precisely about Orthodox immaturity of a much larger part of Orthodoxy in America. Until the last decade or so the development of what it is perhaps still too early to call American Orthodoxy had been largely unconscious, as it indeed remains in the majority of those who call themselves "Orthodox" today. But, as the history of Orthodoxy in America has made abundantly clear, "unconscious" Orthodoxy is but a step on the road to the abandonment of Orthodoxy altogether. With some of the Orthodox "jurisdictions," which neither in externals nor in faith have any close resemblance to genuine Orthodoxy, this is more than obvious. But with one of the American "jurisdictions," the American Metropolia, the unconsciousness of its Orthodoxy is not so readily apparent. Its piety, at least in the older generation of Russian priests, is closer to the Orthodox model; some of its churches lack pews and have a more traditional appearance; no open heresy is taught by its hierarchs; and the "theologians" of its Academy enjoy a world-wide reputation for supposedly Orthodox thought. But if one looks very closely one finds that all this is but a shell within which the kernel of Orthodoxy is very dubious indeed. In order to expose the true nature of the Metropolia's Orthodoxy, a crisis was needed – some major Orthodox (or anti-Orthodox) event in the response to which it could be seen how really Orthodox the Metropolia was. Such a crisis was provided in the "autocephaly" offered by the Moscow Patriarchate to the Metropolia and accepted by the latter in 1970. The present book is an examination of the background of the "autocephaly" scandal, and it is a very thorough one, investigating, chiefly from leading Russian sources and one important French work (in addition to Metropolia sources), the whole church situation of the Russian diaspora since 1917 and the causes for the several schisms from the Russian Church Abroad; the church situation in America; the readiness (or rather, the woeful lack thereof) of the Metropolia for autocephaly; the situation of the Moscow Patriarchate and the possibility of dealing with her as with a genuine Orthodox Church; and the gross inaccuracies and contradictions in the Metropolia's propaganda against the Russian Church Abroad and in favor of the "autocephaly" – which, as the book points out, is actually the fourth "autocephaly" that the Metropolia has tried to proclaim since 1924. The result of this investigation, as the title indicates, is actually in essence a history of the Russian Church Abroad and gives by far the best picture to date in English of the reasons for the Russian "jurisdictional" disputes which, while confusing to many who do not know the full picture, are really basically simple and ...
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