Sunday, February 13, 2005

True Orthodox News: Metropolitan Valentine Serves Divine Liturgy in Novaya Kupavna, Moscow Region, Where Rights of Free Russian Church are Threatened

(Vertograd : Novaya Kupavna, Moscow Region)

The First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, Metropolitan Valentine of Suzdal, served Divine Liturgy on February 6, the feast of St Xenia of Petersburg and the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia at the St Xenia Temple in Novaya Kupavna (Moscow Region), in honor of the parish feast. Concelebrating with the First Hierarch of the ROAC from the Churches of the Moscow Region of the Suzdal Diocese of ROAC were Archpriest Michael Ardov, the rector the New Martyrs Parish, Priest Andrei Valevskiy, the rector of the St Xenia parish and Protodeacon Sergius Slonov of Suzdal.

After the liturgy, which was chanted by the Suzdal chorus, a communal meal took place during which First Hierarch of the ROAC talked with the parishioners.

Divine services took place in the temporary chapel made in the Church-house. The community in Novaya Kupavna has been involved in legal proceedings for many years, due to Moscow's Noginsk regional administration attempting to destroy the community. The building of the Temple was stopped for this reason, the walls of which are already built.