CANADIAN DIOCESE: September 17, 2018
St Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood in Canada prayerfully marks its first anniversary
On the eve of the celebration of the Translation of the Relics of St Alexander Nevsky, September 12, 2018, the brotherhood founded in his name at Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God Church in Jackson Point, Ontario, celebrated the first anniversary of its founding, participating in a moleben and offering a festive luncheon for all the parishioners.
Established with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, the brotherhood soon united parishioners who carry out religious and social service. In particular, the group organized a collection of money and dry goods for the local needy. A large amount of fresh produce, rice, fish and canned goods, pasta and dry breakfasts were donated to Georgina Community Food Pantry.
In accordance with tradition, on the eve of the Nativity of Christ and the Pascha of Christ, parish rector Fr Maxim Abroskin and representatives of St Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood visit first responders in the York region: police, firemen and paramedics. They thank them for their selfless service and bring holiday foods.
The brotherhood will soon begin helping Fr Maxim teach the Law of God at the reopening Sunday school for children aged 4-12.
The brotherhood is also participating in the renovation of the church and its grounds, wherever manpower is needed. Still, the most important aspect of their activity is the prayerful participation of the brethren at divine services, including serving as acolytes.