consectration of a church – the inside view

Another youtube find for those who don’t get to see the “behind the scenes”. Rarely do many people get to see a consecration of a church. For information read through the following english version of the consecration service.

From the eadiocese website:

Published on Jul 25, 2013

Великое освящение Ольгинского храма – Джексон, шт. Нью-Джерси США

In 2013, the Eastern American Diocese commemorates the 75th anniversary of the founding of St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ. The church was founded in 1938, with the laying of the cornerstone taking place in 1940. Throughout the long years, during which the majestic Memorial Church was being built, the divine serves were held in the relatively humble lower church named in honor of the Holy Equal-of-the-Apostles Grand Princess Olga — foremother of the Russian princes and the first among them to accept Orthodoxy. This year, in honor of the Memorial Church’s jubilee, as well as the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, gave his blessing to perform the Great Consecration of the lower church.

On Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th of July, on the very feast day of St. Olga, Metropolitan Hilarion visited Jackson and led the divine services (Metropolitan Hilarion is also the rector of the Memorial Church.) On Wednesday morning, after the greeting of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God — Protectress of the Russian Diaspora — the rite of the Great Consecration was performed, followed by the Divine Liturgy.