Celebrations will be held in Australia to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, and of Australia and New Zealand, First Hierarch of ROCOR, a festive reception will be held on July 24, 2020, as part of the celebration of this jubilee.
The clergymen of the diocese are expected to be led by His Grace Bishop George of Canberra, Vicar of the diocese. Invited are AV Pavlovsky, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Australia, IN Arzhaev, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Sydney and other members of the diplomatic corps.
The organizers invited the Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia and New Zealand under the direction of Nektary Alexandrovich Kotlaroff, who will sing Russian hymns and patriotic songs. As noted by Mr. Valery Malinovsky, one of the organizers of the event, all the singers are descendants of Russian White emigres. The choristers preserve love for their Homeland, traditions and the culture of the Russian people.
The festive event will include an exhibit of historicas photographs of Emperor Nicholas II and the Royal Family, titled “The Romanovs—Imperial Service,” reflecting the epoch of the rule and personal podvig of the last Russian Sovereign, whose name is held sacred in the Russian ecclesiastical diaspora. The Russian Church Abroad glorified the members of the Tsar-Passion-Bearer Nicholas II in 1981.
The event will be hosted by the Queen Victoria Building, one of the most splendid edifices in all of Sydney.