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Church Construction 1954

The construction of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Vancouver

Строительство Свято-Воскресенского Православного Храма в Ванкувере

The original Holy Resurrection Church in Vancouver, B.C. had to be demolished in order to build a new bridge, and the Russian Orthodox Society of Vancouver started work on a new church. The cornerstone was laid on 27 December 1953 by the Most Rev. Nikon, Bishop of Toronto and Canada, and the Most Rev. John, Bishop of San Francisco.

In the spring of 1954 the new church building and church hall were completed, and on 8 May Archpriest Peter Kurzemnek, the rector, conducted the minor dedication in honor of the Holy Resurrection of Christ. The Great Dedication was conducted on 11 July 1954 by His Eminence Metropolitan Leonty, assisted by His Grace Bishop Nikon, archpriest Peter Kurzemnek, archpriest Paul Jeromsky of Seattle and other clergy from cities in western Canada and the USA.

The persons who contributed the most to the construction of the new Holy Resurrection church and church hall are: archpriest Peter Kurzemnek, rector; E. P. Rozvaliaeff, warden; Council of the Russian Orthodox Society: M. S. Sergeyeff – president; E. A. Andreyeff – vice-president; I. A. Vishniakoff – treasurer; A. Ya. Adamovich – custodian; B. I. Shevelyoff – secretary; Building Commission: A. M. Borimovich, K. F. Gorenko, N. P. Khrennikoff, P. S. Babich, N. F. Ivaschenko, A. A. Kochkanoff, E. A. Fetisoff, N. P. Abramoff, K. O. Diyeff.

The new Holy Resurrection Church is built in Russian style with three domes, of which the middle one has windows; it accommodates up to 450 people standing. The Church Hall has a big upper hall with a stage, a lower (dining) hall with a kitchen, a library, a Council meeting room and other rooms. The total construction cost was close to $70,000.

На стройплощадке: J.P.Murphy, M.S.Sergeieff (Sergy), N.Abramov, N.F.Evaschenko (Evans)

Metropolitan Leonty celebrates the Divine Liturgy at the Consecration of the church.

Metropolitan Leonty, Bishop Nikon and clergy celebrate the Liturgy

His Beatitude Leonty makes a speech

Завершенная церковь в 1954 году. Completed Church in 1954.

Мемориальная доска у входа в Собор