The patronal feast at the side altar to the Dedication of the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem
One of the side chapels of the Annunciation Cathedral celebrates its patronal feast of the Dedication of the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem.
This feast was established in 335 AD to commemorate the dedication of the Church built by Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine the Great. It was located on Golgotha, the mountain of the Holy Land, and the place where the Savior was crucified. The feast is also frequently called as the fall season’s Pascha.
The tradition holds it to serve the Paschal cycle of services on this day at the churches consecrated to the Dedication of the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem and to use the Paschal greeting of “Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!”
The side chapel of the Dedication of the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem at the Diveyevo’s Annunciation Cathedral was consecrated on May 11, 2019, by Met. Georgiy of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas. Hegumenia Sergiya (Konkova) the abbess of the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery reminisced: “Father Seraphim was known to greet anyone with “My joy, Christ Is Risen!” Therefore, it was resolved to consecrate this side chapel to this feast.”
In the early hours of September 26, Paschal Vespers and Matins, paraklesis with the blessing water prayer service and the Divine Liturgy were celebrated at the side chapel of the Annunciation Cathedral.
Rev. Daniel Gatin celebrated the services. In his pastoral word, he wished the faithful to keep the paschal joy until the next feast of Christ’s Resurrection.