Fr. Justin visits Sydney, Australia:
In the Diocese of Australia, the main celebration of the commemoration
of All Saints Who Have Shone forth in the Russian Land took place in
the bishop's chapel, in Croydon (a suburb of Sydney).
The all-night vigil was served by Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney, Australia
and New Zealand, in concelebration with Archpriests Michael Li and Michael
Boikov, the Priests George Lapardin, Justin Kang and James Carles, and
the Deacons Nicholas Triantafillidis and Alexander Boikov. The service
was chanted by the parish choir, under the direction of Elena Kudrina,
and also by a male choir under the direction of Archpriest Michael Boikov
and Deacon Vadim Gan. At the conclusion of the vigil, the male choir
descended into the middle of the church, "Jordanville-style,"
to chant "To thee, the champion leader..."
At the beginning of the Liturgy, Archbishop Hilarion was met with solemnity.
The clergy (among them Fr. John Stukach) went to the episcopal residence,
and singing the troparion of the chapel accompanied the hierarch to
the church. At the Little Entrance, the Priest Justin Kang, a missionary
in Korea and cleric of the Australian Diocese, was awarded the right
to wear the kamilavka for his missionary labors over the course of seventeen
years (see photo below).
<Fr. Justin Kang (left) and His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion (right)>
In view of the fact that the Cathedral Church of SS Peter
and Paul is being remodeled (for the 50th anniversary of the founding
of the parish), many cathedral parishioners attended the service for
All Saints of Russia at the bishop's chapel. There were visitors even
from as far away as San Francisco. At the Litany of Fervent Supplication
a petition was offered up for Archpriest Gabriel Makarov, who is traveling
with a large group of the faithful on pilgrimage to the holy places
Several other Sydney clergymen managed to arrive by the end of the
Liturgy: the Priest Vladimir Tsukanov from Kentlyn and Protodeacon Herman
Polorotov from Fairfield.
After the conclusion of the Liturgy and the service of supplication
with procession, Archbishop Hilarion congratulated the Priest Justin
Kang on his award and described to all present the difficulties which
Fr. Justin has had to confront in his labors. A plate collection was
immediately taken up for the needs of the Ecclesiastical Mission in
Afterwards, a banquet was served. Because of the large
number of people in attendance, awnings were set up, so that everyone
could partake of the festive meal. After the banquet, Archpriest Michael
Boikov spoke about his recent trip to Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville,
and the guest clergy greeted the clergy and parishioners of the episcopal
chapel on their parish feastday. The banquet concluded with thanksgiving
to the Lord God and the chanting of "Many years" to the members
of the sisterhood who had prepared the meal.