An Island of Holy Russia in Exile
June 3 - June 30, 2011

On June 3rd, 2011, a photo exhibition opened in the Solzhenitsyn Library of the Russian Diaspora, devoted to the history of Holy Trinity Monastery and Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, N.Y. At the opening ceremony Mr. Viktor Aleksandrovich Moskvin, the director of the Library, mentioned that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia played a very important part in preserving the traditions of the Russian spiritual heritage.

Archpriest Vladimir Tsurikov, Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary thanked the organizers of the exhibition for their hospitality. He further said that “from the very beginning the Monastery became a place of pilgrimage and a spiritual refuge for the Russian Orthodox people outside of Russia. Later it developed into a spiritual center and a place where relics as well as spiritual and historical artifacts were kept.” Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky) called the it “the Lavra of the Russian Diaspora”. The monastery has preserved Russian Orthodox and cultural traditions for more than half a century.

Some of the guests who had visited the Monastery shared their memories with those assembled. Archpriest Vladimir Vorobiev, rector of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities, Maksim Dmitrievch Shostakovich, world famous conductor and pianist, Aleksei Olegovich Rodzianko, member of the Congress of Russian Americans, Sergei Vladimirovich Mironenko, director of the Russian State Archives – all shared their memories with great warmth and gratitude.

The ceremony also included the presentation of «Troitskoe Nasledie» (Holy Trinity Heritage), which is published by Holy Trinity Seminary. Fr. Vladimir introduced the guests to the journal, which publishes historical and archival materials related to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad as well as focusing on contemporary issues and topics of the Russian Church.

Viktor Aleskandrovich Moskvin praised the exhibition and informed the guests about further plans to show it in other Russian cities and possibly other countries – Ukraine and Serbia. The exhibition will be held in the Solzhenitsyn Library of the Russian Diaspora until June 30, 2011.