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Russian Orthodox Church in Washington DC
By: Masha Persanova


Walking along the Massachusetts Avenue, admiring numerous mansions-embassies and private homes, I was very happy to see a magnificent building of St. Nicholas Cathedral. Originally from I haven’t been to Russian Orthodox churches since came to , so I was excited to come in.  Inside the Church is absolutely beautiful, it’s bright and colorful, the ceiling and every wall are hand painted with Bible and Russian saints.

St Nicholas is the Cathedral of His Beatitude Herman, Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America and of the Orthodox Church in . The service in church is every Sunday and it’s called The Divine Liturgy and usually starts at 9 a.m.


The Cathedral was founded in 1930 as the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas; the parish was originally located in Riggs Place in Northwest Washington, DC. The first pastor was Reverend John Dorosh. In 1935 the parish moved to Church Street, just a few blocks from Riggs Place.

In 1938, Father Paul Lutov replaced the retiring Reverend Dorosh. Father Lutov helped to introduce English into parish services to ensure that the Word of God could be understood by everyone.

The parish had grown to 100 members by about 1950. In 1951 Metropolitan Leonty blessed the newly purchased site at Massachusetts Avenue and Edmunds Street, the current location.


Russian Orthodox Church is famous with clergy Choir. St. Nicolas has always had a very active Choir. In 1996 Professor Sergey Boldireff joined the choir and led it to a visible role. In 2003, the choir released its latest CD “This is the Day”. In June of 2005, the Cathedral welcomed Ken Kasovac as the new Music Director.

The St. Nicolas Sunday School was first organized in 1950 and continues today with an enrollment about 25-30 children. Sunday School is held in the parish annex immediately following the English Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings from Labor Day through Memorial Day.

Some of the information for this article was obtained from http://www.stnicholasdc.org

 

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