Images of my parish church: Washington’s St Nicholas Cathedral

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Taken in December 2011 shortly after my chrismation.

St Nicholas in Spring 2011

The Cathedral bell tower (kampan, in Russian, from the Italian ‘campanile’) dates to 1988, commemorating the one thousandth anniversary of the Christianization of Russia. Bell-ringing in Russia is an ancient and highly refined art, traditionally passed down through certain families of deacons or priests.

Cathedral herb and flower gardens and the parish office (left).

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Taken during a Saturday vigil, autumn 2011.

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Standing with Metropolitan Jonah and a friend outside the Cathedral, March 2011.

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The Cathedral decorated for the Feast of the Nativity – Christmas 2011.

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Taken during a Fall 2011 Saturday vigil.

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After the same vigil.

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Photo by Scott Speck.

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Photo by Scott Speck.

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Photo by Scott Speck.

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Metropolitan Jonah presides at the Liturgy commemorating Saint Nicholas on his Julian Calendar feast, Monday, December 19, 2011.

Another picture taken during the same Liturgy. My godfather and friend Mikhail (Misha) stands in the white shirt toward the back. I love the way the light reflects on the wall icons in this picture.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah blesses the faithful during the Liturgy of the Nativity (Christmas) on Sunday, December 25, 2011. Photo by Yuri Gripas.

Metropolitan Jonah, Father Valery, and Deacon Blagoje presenting the holy gifts (before their consecration) to the congregation at the Julian calendar observation of the Nativity Liturgy on January 7, 2012. Photo by Yuri Gripas.

Metropolitan Jonah blesses the faithful at the Julian calendar observation of the Nativity during the Christmas Liturgy on January 7, 2012. Photo by Yuri Gripas.

Metropolitan Jonah standing outside the iconostasis at the Julian calendar observation of the Nativity Liturgy on January 7, 2012. Photo by Yuri Gripas.

Metropolitan Jonah leads the Cathedral’s congregation in the kneeling prayers at the Great Vespers of Pentecost.

Clergy kneeling in the altar area at the Great Vespers on Pentecost. From left: Fr. Vladimir, Deacon Blagoje, and, at the Royal Doors, Fr. Valery and His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah.

This is a very beautiful photo which shows the deep faithfulness and piety of the Cathedral’s congregation.

Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the Primatial Cathedral of Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

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