Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
An Important Event of a Half Century Ago
Original Photo of Holy Trinity Monastery taken by Paul McLaughlin in the 1940s.
Source: Richfield Springs Mercury, August 30, 1956, page 4.
ORTHODOX SEMINARY WILL
The Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary of Jordanville will receive the power of conferring the degree of bachelor of theology at special ceremonies on Sunday, September 2nd.
The ceremony of presentation of the new charter is planned for the afternoon. Dr. Frank P. Graves, for many years New York State Commissioner of Education, will present the charter in the cathedral of the Holy Trinity Monastery. Also participating in the ceremonies will be Dr. Frederick Morse, representing the state Board of Regents.
The ceremony will be witnessed by professors, distinguished guests and representatives of several different colleges, according to Nicholas Alexander, dean of the Seminary. They will form a procession in colorful academic garb at the end of the Divine Liturgy, which will be conducted by bishops and clergy of the Monastery as well as rectors of adjacent Russian Orthodox Churches in Utica, Syracuse, Albany and Schenectady.
The program will start on Saturday when the Holy Icon of the Holy Virgin of Pochiev will arrive from New York. There will be a procession at 2 to meet the Holy Icon at the border line of Jordanville and carry it to the Cathedral. Various church services and ceremonies are planned for Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
A buffet lunch will be served on the lawn of the Monastery at the conclusion of the presentation ceremonies. More than 1,000 guests are expected to partake of Russian borshch, kasha (cabbage, vegetable soup and buckwheat cereals), potatoes and other vegetables, three kinds of milk, cold boiled and sour, and dark rye Monastery bread.