A Celebratory Sunday
Sunday, September 2nd, 2018, was an especially festive day at the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh on the grounds of the Tolstoy Foundation. The day began in the morning with the concelebration of the Divine Liturgy. The service was led by Archbishop Andronik of Syracuse and St. Nicholas and by Archbishop Sofroniy of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia, in concelebration with Archpriests Gregory Kotlaroff and Nikita Grigoriev and Hegumen Ignatiy (Krutkov).
After the Liturgy, at 1pm, a joyful and much anticipated event took place - the Wedding of Daniil and Ksenya. It should be noted that this wedding was preceded by thorough and comprehensive preparation. In June 2018, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Archbishop Andronik performed the Sacrament of Baptism of Mario, with the baptismal name of Daniil, in the waters of the river Jordan. The future couple, accompanied by relatives and friends, then sought blessings for their marriage in Cana of Galilee, at the Holy Sepulcher and in other holy places.
The Sacrament of Marriage was jointly performed by Mitered Archpriest Gregory Kotlaroff, Archpriest Nikita Grigoriev and Priest Dmitry Dobronravov, in the presence of a large group of worshipers gathered from different parts of the world. Both the requisite service by our venerable priests and the magnificent singing of the choir were conducted in three languages - Church Slavonic, English and Spanish. The particularly joyous and very touching atmosphere in the church made this an unforgettable event. We wish Daniil and Ksenya great family happiness, and "many, many years and many, many children", as Fr. Gregory expressed it after the Marriage!