Sources tell me that Fr Sergius Bowyer said that St T’s might have liturgy outside at the bell tower like the old days at the Pilgrimage. Perspirin’ minds wanna know… is he trying to get back the Hunkies who’ve stopped coming? Y’ know… selling only cheap-ass carnival food at the event hasn’t helped attendance… people don’t want deep-fried pickles or Italian sausages… they want kielbasa, galoompkies, and pierogies (American Slavonian misspelling intentional… spiedies from Sharkey’s would be welcome, too)! Hey, this IS the Valley, after all…
In related news, the buzz has it that now ex-Deacon Michael Pasonick is out of the slam (he got nicked for bribery), he wants to be reinstated as a deacon. Talk has it that beaucoup bucks are involved… not only does he want the deposition from the diaconate lifted, he wants to be ordained to the priesthood, too! Hmm… is this brazen ex-con gonna serve at the Memorial Day shindig? Things are certainly not boring in the slo-mo disintegration of the OCA…
Here’s the official listing for the Memorial Day Pilgrimage at St T‘s (there’s an article for the monastery in the Russian Wikipedia, but NOT in the English one… it looks like SVS/Syosset is trying to whitewash history):
Monday, May 27, 2013
- 07.30 Divine Liturgy, Monastery Church
- 10.00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
- 12.00 Veteran’s Pannikhida and Memorial Service, All Saints Bell Tower
- 13.30 Akathist to St Aleksei Tóth in the Monastery Church (NB: The Russian Wikipedia article is more complete than the English one is… shame on the OCA)
- 14.30 Molieben to the Most Holy Theotokos and Anointing of the Sick,
Infirm, and all Pilgrims at the Monastery Bell Tower
- 16.00 Vespers and Matins in the Monastery Church
All times are Eastern Daylight Time
For the entire schedule of the weekend, click here. God willing, it’ll be better than the last couple of times. Of course, the question remains… is Mollard going to allow Feodosy and JP to serve with him? Is Mollard going to have some sort of role for his sugar daddy Herman? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…
Got this in from the Cabinet:
JP MIGHT be invited to serve with Tikhon Mollard this weekend at St Nicholas Cathedral in DC. Fr John Perich thinks it’ll increase their attendance (and fatten the kollekta) because JP’s lot then won’t go to St John ROCOR parish. It might also be seen as a gesture of goodwill and reconciliation. Remember, he might be invited, it’s not a wrap at present. JP loves the attention and he doesn’t have to do anything.
Of course, there’s nothing up on oca.org… did you expect competent and timely reporting from Ginny Nieuwsma? Silly wabbit… it’s the usual pabulum from Syosset. You pays your money and takes your choice on this one. As for me, it does sound like the kind of California New Age goofy shit that Mollard likes to pull. I’ve heard various rumbles that Mollard wants to serve with Feodosy and Herman on Memorial Day at St T‘s (and some sources claim that Mollard wants to pull off a trifecta, serving with JP, Herman, and Feodosy). Bozhe! Will the wild shit never end?
If this isn’t proof that we need to rip up the Tomos and go home to the Centre, you’re a VERY slow learner…
I got this from a Cabinet member:
Metropolitan Herman told close friends that his ban from St Tikhon’s Monastery was lifted. He was informed of this decision at a meeting at his home attended by Metropolitan Tikhon, Bishop Michael Dahulich, and Abbot Sergius Boyer last Thursday, 7 March. Apparently, it’s entirely up to him whether to attend services at the monastery church. This Sunday, 10 March, however, Herman attended liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre PA, which has been his custom in the recent past.
Of course, the decision was taken secretly and not announced publicly, it’s the OCA, after all. Such secrecy is one of the reasons why the OCA has no cred. Another is its cowardice in dealing with clerical miscreants such as Bobby K and Ray Velencia. For instance, would the RCs allow a suspended priest to wear clericals or make a deposed priest a “parish administrator” (with a larger salary than most priests)? I think NOT… and until such shit stops, the OCA will lack any sort of “oomph” whatsoever.