Please Remember in Your Prayers

Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Priest Gregory and    Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith; Tayisia Solvieva; Lubov Pavuk; Michael Kavulich; Leonid, Zoya

 

 

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20th Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 3

October 1/14, 2018

 

The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary; Apostle Ananias of the Seventy (1st c.); Venerable Romanus the Melodist of Constantinople (556); Venerable Sabbas, abbot of Vishera (Novgorod) (1461); Martyr Domninus of Thessalonica (4th c.); Martyr Michael, abbot in Armenia, and 36 Fathers with him (790); Miracle of the Pillar with the Robe of the Lord at Mtskheta (330) (Georgia); Synaxis of the Saints of Moldova; Hieromartyr Alexis priest (1918); Hieromartyr Michael priest (1920); Hieromartyrs Alexander, Gregory, Nicholas priests, Martyr John (1937). Liublinsk, Pskov-Protection, Kasperovsk, Brailovsk, Gerbovetsk and Barsk Icons of the Mother of God.

 

 

 

Today’s Scriptural Readings:      

Galatians 1: 11-19  /  Luke 6: 31-31

Hebrews 9: 1-7   /   Luke 10:38-42; 11: 27-28

Fr. John’s Sermons (Video): Click here  

 

 

We magnify Thee, O Most Holy Virgin, and we do homage Thy precious Veil, 

for Saint Andrew saw Thee in the sky interceding Christ for us

 

We are at peace with Him, and we are so through virtue, much more will He be at peace with us. For He Who so loved us, as to show favor to us even against our will, will He not, if He sees us hastening toward Him, Himself yet much more exhibit His love toward us?    St. John Chrysostom

 

This  Week’s  Liturgical  Calendar

Saturday, October 20th 

No Services Scheduled

Sunday, October 21st – 9:00 AM

Divine Liturgy in Church

 

 

Divine Services at Holy Trinity are live-streamed at 

https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons

 

 

Special Petitions for the Unity of the Orthodox Church

Again we pray to the Lord and our Savior to preserve the Orthodox Church abiding in the whole world in unity and right belief, and to grant her peace and tranquility, love and consent, let us all say, Lord, hearken and have mercy.

 

Again we pray to look upon the Holy Orthodox Church with the goodness of heart and with mercy, and to preserve her from divisions and schisms, from hostility and disorder, so her unity will not be diminished or shaken, but Thine Thrice-Holy name be glorified in her, let us all say, Lord, hearken and have mercy.

 

 

 

 

 

Russian Festival 2018 – October 19, 20, 21

www.russfest.org 

 

FINAL  WEEK  OF  PREPARATIONS: October 14-19

Sunday, Oct. 14th – After Liturgy

1. Russian Tea Balls

2. Set-up Hall interior – need many volunteers

Monday, Oct. 15th

Installation of tent

Wednesday, Oct. 17th

Starting at 8 AM – All Day/Evening

Cooking various foods / Tent / Misc.

Need volunteers to set up security fences

Thursday, Oct. 18th

Starting at 8 AM – All Day/Evening

Cooking various foods throughout the morning / FINAL SET-UP: Hall and Tent – Afternoon/Evening

Friday, Oct. 19th

Festival Opens at 11 AM

ALL booths must be ready to serve by 10:30 AM

General questions, call Art Lisowsky 410-206-0073 artsky@juno.com

For Info on cooking call Albert Blaszak: 410-799-3226 or alb42@verizon.net.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to register their work times at http://www.russfest.org/volunteer.htm. This link will take you to an online registration site. For those without internet access contact Natalie Burbelo 443-567-6031 nbsf49@verizon.net. Arrange your schedules as early as possible.

      

Festival Desserts Table We need donations of desserts to supply our desserts table. This year we ask your help to increase both the quantity and variety of items. We need your ideas on what new dessert items we can offer this year. Please contact Tania Masiuk for more information: 410-987-4850.

 

Facebook: Holy-Trinity-Russian-Festival – “Like us” & “Share”  Are you on Facebook?:  Go to our Facebook page (Holy-Trinity-Russian-Festival) “Like us” and “Share” the page. This will help us advertise the event. Pass it along to your friends as well.

 

Post-Festival Clean-up – Sunday evening we need volunteers who are well rested to help us clean up the hall at the conclusion of the festival. We especially ask those who aren’t volunteering much during the festival hours. Please contact Natalie Burbelo 443-567-6031 nbsf49@verizon.net. 

 

Russian Festival Attire:  All volunteers working at the festival will be required to wear either an official Russian Festival T-Shirt or traditional Russian Folk-style clothing – shirt, blouse, dress, etc. For more information contact Michael Mickel.

 

Remember…head coverings needed. All who are serving or working with food are required to wear head coverings – hair net, head scarf or hat/cap. No exceptions. Consult with your booth captain on the appropriate choice for your booth.

 

Please help us to cover the costs of our annual festival. Donations of any size are very much appreciated. May God bless you for your sincere generosity.  Please call Michael Mickel 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net or Albert Blaszak 410-799-3226 or alb42@verizon.net.

 


Russian Festival Sponsorship List – 2018

ü $ 50 

Rice    Luidmila Karnup

  ü $ 300

Wine   Yelena & Vadim Radchenko

ü $ 60 

String Beans   Alexandra Shultiyeva       

$ 300

Wine

ü $ 70 

Red Beets Patricia Gaines

ü $ 300 

Vodka – ½ of costs  Michael Bosse

ü $ 75 

Russian Candy  Marinich Children

ü $ 300 

Vodka – ½ of costs Cy & Sue Reshetiloff

ü $ 75 

Butter  Irene Rossi

ü $ 350 

Russian Beer –  Victor & Jill Marinich

ü $ 100 

Cabbage   Yelena Shultiyeva       

$ 350 

Russian Beer – ½ of costs

  ü $ 100 

Coffee Supplies   Marie Vass

ü $ 350 

Kolbasa – ½ of costs  Roger & Ellen Miller

  ü $ 100 

Potatoes Oleg Marinich

$ 350 

Kolbasa – ½ of costs

ü $ 100 

Sour Cream  Elizabeth Sanovich

$ 400 

Russian Ads

ü $ 150 

Eggs Andrei & Natalie Burbelo

ü $ 400 

Newspaper Ads  Thomas Berry

  ü $ 175 

Salmon   Rusana Rassokhina

$ 400 

Newspaper Ads

ü $ 175 

Sauerkraut  Yelena & Lidia Mazchenko

ü $ 400 

Electronic Ads  Natallia Makarava

  ü $ 175 

Chicken – ½ of costs  Roger & Ellen Miller

ü $ 500 

Security Lisowsky Family

ü $ 200 

Turkey/Ham Materewicz/Sierakowski Families

  ü $ 500 

Security Lisowsky Family

ü $ 200 

Cleaning Supplies  Drew & Adele Pastor

$ 500 

Beef

ü $ 200 

Chicken – ½ of costs Rita & Richard Herber

ü $ 600 

Bread    ½ of costs  Thomas Berry

$ 200 

Butter – ½ of costs

  ü $ 600 

Bread – ½ of costs  Vlad & Natasha Volkov

ü $ 300 

Entertainment Catalin & Anca Frujinoiu

ü $ 600 

Wash Balalaika Soc.   Russ & Pat Disharoon

$ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs

$ 600 

Wash Balalaika Soc. – ½ 

 $ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs

ü $ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs  Drew & Adele Pastor

$ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs

$ 300 

Paper Goods – ½ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs 

$ 300 

Paper Goods – ½ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs

$ 300 

Decorations

ü $ 900

Icon of St. Seraphim of Uglich   Anonymous

$ 300 

Flour – ½ of costs

ü$ 1,000 

Stage – ½ of costs   Bonnie Duke

$ 300 

Flour – ½ of costs

$ 1,000 

Stage – ½ of costs

 

 



Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara

October 14-20:  Candles offered by the Bakie Family for the health/salvation of the servant of God: Anthony. A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week. Schedule your candle offering with Vadim Radchenko 410-465-6172. Thank you.

 

Memory Eternal: +Mary Johnson

We are saddened to announce the repose of +Mary Johnson, who was a life-long member of our parish and our Sisterhood – she was 90 years old. We offer her family our sincere condolences. Visitation at Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie: Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM; Panikhida at 8:00 PM. Funeral Service in Church on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 11:30 AM. Interment at MD Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville. 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner – Sunday, November 11th

On Sunday, November 11th after Divine Liturgy our parish will conduct a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie…the works. All the gross proceeds of the dinner will go to support the work of our charity committee. Mark your calendars!

 

Fall Fun Day – Saturday, November 3rd – Mark your calendars

Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church will host a Fall Fun Day on Saturday, November 3rd  beginning at 1:00 PM at our Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery (6480 Elibank Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075). All Baltimore area Orthodox Sunday School students and families are invited. The day will feature games and activities for kids of all ages. Families are asked to bring a garnish dish, snacks, desserts, cider, and hot chocolate to share. The event will conclude at 5:00 PM with Vespers in our Chapel. RSVP to Roxann Ashworth Roxann@cablespeed.com.

 

Birthday / Anniversary Celebrations:  October 14-28

We offer our best wishes and birthday congratulations to Samantha Tate (10/15); Natalie Blaszak and Ksenia McKenzie (10/17); Maddie Foss (10/18); Tony Bakie (10/19); Andrei Burbelo (10/28); and wedding anniversary congratulations to Victor & Jill Marinich (10/24) and Rdr. Joseph & Amy-Catherine McCusker (10/24). May God bless them with health, prosperity and many years. To include your birthdays/anniversaries contact Fr. John.

 

Cleaning Group – Group #5 /  Join a Group – Help your brothers and sisters

Group #5 will clean this week October 15-19: Larisa Hidar, Valentina Bosaya,

Lidia & Aleksei Potapov. This group needs more members. Any volunteers??

 

Phase II of Restorations

In addition to your prayers, we sincerely need your generous donations. This Phase II of our restoration project will cost approximately $300,000. Please consider making a donation to cover the cost of particular elements of the project. Make a donation in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving to God for His Blessings. To make a donation please contact Vadim Radchenko at 410-465-6172 vradchenko@comcast.net. For information of the progress of the restoration work, please contact Michael Mickel 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net. We sincerely appreciate your kind generosity and sincere dedication to our parish. Thank you. May God bless you.

 

Pantocrator (Christ the Lawgiver in the center of ceiling)               $40,000

Marble faux finish             $10,000

Four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)             (each)    $9,000

New lettering/trim               $5,000

Border/Trim throughout the church                                                     $28,000

15 Large Stars  (each)            $100

Symbols around Christ (Eagle, Man, Lion, Ox)                   (each)    $1,000

25 Medium Stars  (each)          $50

Two Seraphim (angels around Christ)                                    (each)       $500

20 Small Stars  (each)              $25

 

 

 

Submit your 2018 Pledge

Please be generous as the Lord is generous to you. Our church cannot operate without your financial contributions. Our parish will grow only through your prayers, work and generous sacrifice.

 

He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.   (2 Corinthians 9:6)

 

Please Remember in Your Prayers…

Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Priest Gregory and    Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith; Tayisia Solvieva; Lubov Pavuk; Michael Kavulich; Leonid, Zoya

 

Next Council Meeting: Wednesday, November 7th – 7:00 PM in the Church Hall

 

Fr. John Vass, Pastor  443-527-7067

Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop:                       410-563-0472

Victor Marinich, Council President:                443-512-0985

Vadim Radchenko, Vice President:             410-465-6172

Andrei Burbelo,  Recording Secretary:          443-567-6031

Albert Blaszak, Treasurer:                           410-799-3226

Monika Handley, Stewardship Chair:            410-263-5758

Vacant Member-At-Large:                                                       

Natallia Makarava Sisterhood President:      443-625-8470

Michael Mickel, Cemetery Manager:           410-666-2870

 

 

The Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

 

The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: "Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together, Since for our sake she prays to the Eternal God!" 

 

This miraculous appearance of the Mother of God occurred in the mid-tenth century in Constantinople, in the Blachernae church where her robe, veil, and part of her belt were preserved after being transferred from Palestine in the fifth century. 

 

On Sunday, October 1, during the All Night Vigil, when the church was overflowing with those at prayer, the Fool-for-Christ St Andrew (October 2), at the fourth hour, lifted up his eyes towards the heavens and beheld our most Holy Lady Theotokos coming through the air, resplendent with heavenly light and surrounded by an assembly of the Saints. St John the Baptist and the holy Apostle John the Theologian accompanied the Queen of Heaven. On bended knees the Most Holy Virgin tearfully prayed for Christians for a long time. Then, coming near the Bishop's Throne, she continued her prayer. 

 

After completing her prayer she took her veil and spread it over the people praying in church, protecting them from enemies both visible and invisible. The Most Holy Lady Theotokos was resplendent with heavenly glory, and the protecting veil in her hands gleamed "more than the rays of the sun." St Andrew gazed trembling at the miraculous vision and he asked his disciple, the blessed Epiphanius standing beside him, "Do you see, brother, the Holy Theotokos, praying for all the world?" Epiphanius answered, "I do see and I am in awe." 

 

The Ever-Blessed Mother of God implored the Lord Jesus Christ to accept the prayers of all the people calling on His Most Holy Name, and to respond speedily to her intercession, "O Heavenly King, accept all those who pray to You and call on my name for help. Do not let them not go away from my icon unheard." 

 

Sts Andrew and Epiphanius were worthy to see the Mother of God at prayer, and "for a long time observed the Protecting Veil spread over the people and shining with flashes of glory. As long as the Most Holy Theotokos was there, the Protecting Veil was also visible, but with her departure it also became invisible. After taking it with her, she left behind the grace of her visitation." 

 

At the Blachernae church, the memory of the miraculous appearance of the Mother of God was remembered. In the fourteenth century, the Russian pilgrim and clerk Alexander, saw in the church an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos praying for the world, depicting St Andrew in contemplation of her. 

 

The Primary Chronicle of St Nestor reflects that the protective intercession of the Mother of God was needed because an attack of a large pagan Russian fleet under the leadership of Askole and Dir. The feast celebrates the divine destruction of the fleet which threatened Constantinople itself, sometime in the years 864-867 or according to the Russian historian Vasiliev, on June 18, 860. Ironically, this Feast is considered important by the Slavic Churches but not by the Greeks. 

 

            The Primary Chronicle of St Nestor also notes the miraculous deliverance followed an all-night Vigil and the dipping of the garment of the Mother of God into the waters of the sea at the Blachernae church but does not mention Sts Andrew and Epiphanius and their vision of the Mother of God at prayer. These latter elements, and the beginnings of the celebrating of the Feast of the Protection, seem to postdate St Nestor and the Chronicle. A further historical complication might be noted under (October 2) dating St Andrew's death to the year 936.

 

The year of death might not be quite reliable, or the assertion that he survived to a ripe old age after the vision of his youth, or that his vision involved some later pagan Russian raid which met with the same fate. The suggestion that St Andrew was a Slav (or a Scythian according to other sources, such as S. V. Bulgakov) is interesting, but not necessarily accurate. The extent of Slavic expansion and repopulation into Greece is the topic of scholarly disputes. 

 

In the PROLOGUE, a Russian book of the twelfth century, a description of the establishment of the special Feast marking this event states, "For when we heard, we realized how wondrous and merciful was the vision... and it transpired that Your holy Protection should not remain without festal celebration, O Ever-Blessed One!" 

 

Therefore, in the festal celebration of the Protection of the Mother of God, the Russian Church sings, "With the choirs of the Angels, O Sovereign Lady, with the venerable and glorious prophets, with the First-Ranked Apostles and with the Hieromartyrs and Hierarchs, pray for us sinners, glorifying the Feast of your Protection in the Russian Land." Moreover, it would seem that St Andrew, contemplating the miraculous vision was a Slav, was taken captive, and became the slave of the local inhabitant of Constantinople named Theognostus. 

 

On the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we implore the defense and assistance of the Queen of Heaven, "Remember us in your prayers, O Lady Virgin Mother of God, that we not perish by the increase of our sins. Protect us from every evil and from grievous woes, for in you do we hope, and venerating the Feast of your Veil, we magnify you."  Courtesy of www.oca.org 

 

 

Hieromartyr Seraphim of Uglich

2018 Russian Festival Patron Saint

 

The Holy Martyr Archbishop Seraphim of Uglich was a hierarch of the Church of Russia during the early twentieth century, a missionary under St. Tikhon of Moscow to the Alaskan people, and a stalwart defender of Orthodox Christianity against the persecutions of the Bolshevik government of Russia.

 

Semyon Nikolayevich Samoilovich was born July 19 of either 1881, 1882. or 1885 (sources differ) into a family of a parish priest in Poltava province of Russia. After attending local schools, Semyon enrolled in the Poltava Theological Seminary from which he graduated in 1902. After graduation Semyon was sent as a missionary to the Diocese of Aleutian Island and North America as teacher under the diocesan bishop Tikhon (Bellavin).

 

During his time in Alaska, Fr. Seraphim took a number of assignments for which the dates are not clear. For a while he taught at the school in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands, then at Silka in 1905. In late 1906. he was assigned to the Nugeka mission before returning to Sitka to teach Scriptures and theology at the seminary during 1907 and 1908. By 1908, Fr. Seraphim's health began to be affected by the harsh Alaskan climate, and he returned to Russia.

 

His early years after returning to Russia are unclear as sources differ as to his assignments. One line has Fr. Seraphim, in turn, assigned in 1908 as an assistant to the Yaroslavl diocesan mission, followed by an assignment to the Alexandrosky Theological Seminary in 1909 later at the Mogilev Bratsk and Tolga Yaroslavl monasteries, before an assignment as abbot at the Uglich Alexandrosky monastery. 

 

The other thread has Fr. Seraphim assigned as abbot of the Tolga Monastery, a few miles north of Yaroslavl, by Archbishop Tikhon, who was Archbishop of Yaroslavl, after his return from North America in 1907. At Tolga, Fr. Seraphim led the preparations for the six hundredth anniversary of the monastery in August 1914 and established a school for beekeeping for the orphan children cared for by the monastery. After the start of World War I, at Tolga, Fr. Seraphim's efforts were erecting hospital wards and assisting Archbishop Agathahgelus govern the diocese. After defending the monastery against the Bolsheviks at Tolga, Fr. Seraphim was transferred to Uglich as abbot of the Protection Monastery. Following either thread, Fr. Seraphim was elevated to the dignity of archimandrite while in Uglich. 

 

On February 2, 1920, he was consecrated Bishop of Uglich, vicar to the Yaroslavl Diocese, by Patriarch Tikhon. During the following years Bishop Seraphim became involved in the chaos in which the Church was placed by the persecutions of Bolsheviks. In 1922, Bishop Seraphim was arrested and imprisoned for the first time by the Bolshevik authorities for “anti-government” activities. He was released after a term in prison and, in 1924, he was elevated to archbishop. In 1925, he was appointed administrator of the Diocese of Yaroslavl. After the death of Patriarch Tikhon in 1925. the Church was thrown into complete chaos as the Bolsheviks championed the hierarchy of the heretical "Living Church'' in their attempt to destroy the Church. Leadership of the Church became uncertain with the systematic arrest of the hierarchs named by the patriarch at the eve of his death.

 

During this period, from November 30, 1926 to March 27, 1927, Archbishop Seraphim became the "Substitute of the Patriarchal Locum Tenens" while Metropolitan Sergius was in prison. During this time Archbishop Seraphim was approached by the Bolsheviks to form a new Synod, providing him with a list of hierarchs they wanted, but he refused the list and gave them a list of his own. The Bolsheviks retaliated by removing him from office. At the same time, they released from prison Metropolitan Sergius, who took Archbishop Seraphim's place.

 

Realizing that the Bolsheviks had systematically imprisoned those hierarchs who had been named as successors by Patriarch Tikhon and his successors, Archbishop Seraphim when questioned by their persecutors as who would head the Church if he was imprisoned, he responded, "The Lord Jesus Christ Himself."

 

His interrogator, not understanding, questioned that all the ruling bishops had left lists of substitutes. To which Archbishop Seraphim responded, "Well, I myself have left the Church to the Lord God, and I have done this on purpose. Let it be known to the whole world how freely Orthodox Christians are living in a free government."

 

In July 1927, Metropolitan Sergius capitulated to the Bolsheviks and issued his "declaration" submitting to the government. The Synod that he formed was found to be those hierarchs on the list the government presented to Archbishop Seraphim. On January 24, 1928, Archbishop Seraphim together with Metropolitan Agathangel of Yaroslavl, Metropolitan Joseph of Petrograd, Archbishop Barlaam of Perm, and Bishop Eugene of Rostov issued an epistle strongly rejecting the declaration.

 

Archbishop Seraphim was then arrested and sent into exile to Mogilev. In 1929, he was sentenced to five years at the old Solovki monastery and condemned to work at hard labor. During this time, he fell from a ladder and became disabled. But these persecutions could not break his indomitable will. After his "release" in 1930, sources vary on his life. In May 1932, he was reported as exiled to the region of Komi. In 1934, he is reported to have been sent in exile for five years in the Kemerovo camps in Siberia. Some sources noted his execution in 1937 (reportedly on November 4 or 9), while others just note he did not return from exile.

 

O Most Holy Trinity, Our God, Glory to Thee!