Orthodox Greeks Observe the Anniversary.




The North American Church’s First Century.


The one-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Orthodox Greek church in North America was celebrated yesterday at the Greek church on the corner of Montgomery avenue and Powell street. The celebration commenced the previous evening and will be concluded to-day.

Both the interior and exterior of the church were appropriately decorated, the latter with flags and the former with flowers and foliage. The Greek Society attended the morning services in a body with banners, and invested with full regalia. The members were received at the door by Bishop Nicolas, Bishop of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, who bestowed upon them his blessing. The church was crowded with Russians, Greeks and Slavonians, the various Consuls and Vice-Consuls being present.

The morning celebration consisted of a mass and grand liturgy. Two sermons were preached, the first by Father Nicolas Greenkevitch, who spoke on the noble and devoted life of Monk Gherman of Alaska.

The second sermon was by Bishop Nicolas, who gave an interesting history of the Russian church from the time of its establishment in Alaska up to the time it was placed on a sound footing in this city. He told how, since his arrival here, six or seven new missions bad been established in Eastern cities, and said that only recently he had received applications from two Eastern cities asking permission to join the church.

After the service a bountiful luncheon was served at the clergy house. Among the honored guests was Bishop William Ford Nichols of the Episcopal church, who read a formal congratulation upon the work of the Greek church.

There were evening services at the church at 7:30 o’clock, and these were followed by a children’s entertainment which was very largely attended. Altogether the celebration was entirely harmonious and successful in every way.

The Morning Call [San Francisco], Monday, October 8, 1894, p. 8:5.

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 2, No. 2, October 1994.