THE GRECO-RUSSIAN CHURCH.
Bishop Vladimir Consecrates the New Edifice to St. Basil the Great.
Yesterday, in the Russian Church calendar being the feast of the Virgin Mary, Bishop Vladimir, of the Greco-Russian Church of this city, solemnly consecrated his recently rebuilt edifice to sacred purposes. The church hereafter will be known as "St. Basil the Great," being dedicated to the honor of that saint, who in A. D. 370 was the Bishop of Cæsarea, and later Archbishop of Cappadocia, one of the most formidable of the leaders in the celebrated Arian controversy, and more celebrated as having wrought the reformation in the monastic orders of the East.
The dedication ceremonies began at 6:30 in the morning by the solemnization of the holy service as presented by the orthodox liturgy. The services were given entirely in the Russian language that being the ordained language for such occasions and were conducted with all the pomp and splendor of the ancient ritual. After the sacrifice, which was made by the Bishop at an altar, under which were placed the bones of martyrs, the church was anointed with the holy oils, sprinkled with the blessed water, and solemnly declared forever devoted to the Holy God.
At 9 oclock the grand high mass of dedication was celebrated by the Bishop, assisted by the Greek Archpriest Cannelli and Father Sebastian and Paul as Deacon and Subdeacon, respectively. The services were also held in the Russian language, the mass sung being by Bordynanski, the chief of the imperial choir, during the rendition of which several ancient musical hymnal selections from the Greek of Chrysostom and Damalkter were given with impressive effect.
After the sacrifice the Bishop thanked the various Russians, Greeks and Slavonians in this city, who had so generously contributed to the erection of the edifice.
He exhorted them to sink all recollections of present or past feuds.
At the conclusion of his remarks, the congregation filed past the prelate, each performing the very ancient custom of kissing the golden cross and breaking the bread of life and peace.
The new church, which has just been completed at great expense, is built after the ancient style of the early Grecian Basilicas, and is adorned with several graceful towers and belfrys. The interior is an exact counterpart of the places of worship of the early centuries, the walls and altars being profusely decorated with pictures, statues and golden stuccoes.
The Daily Examiner, San Francisco, Monday Morning, October 14, 1889