Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 21, 2017 “Show What You Learned” Celebration

With Fr. Aidan’s blessing, we had our “Show What You Learned” end of the year tournament today. It was organized for the younger kids of the parish but all students who wanted to participate in the tournament were welcomed to take the challenge. We had two games and a treasure hunt. Kids, teachers, and parents all had a lot of fun celebrating what the children learned.

Special thank you to the teachers Olga Belavusava and Lilia Hidalgo who gave their time and energy in helping to organize this event. Also deep gratitude to the parents (Yulia Melnichuk, Marina Matsiukhova, Anna Kashkina, and Diana) who helped with crafts and food, as well as all the parents who supported the event.

Congratulations to our winners!

Maria Kashkina — 1st place

Evan Matsiukhov — 2nd place

Timothy Matsiukhov — 3rd place

Among the older participants Yaroslav Melnichuk and Michael Aleshin earned honorable mentions!

Congratulations to all our students for their hard work and achievements during this year’s Sunday School.

2017 Show What You Learned Celebration


Arrival of Holy Fire and Visit from Archbishop Peter

Fr. Deacon Nicholas Park of St. Nicholas Church (McKinney-Dallas) arrives at Holy Protection (Pflugerville-Austin, Texas) with the Holy Fire from Jerusalem, Sunday, May 14, 8:40 a.m. Fr. Aidan (Keller) comes out of the altar to greet the Holy Light. Servers Nicholas and Justin are also shown, and a portion of guest server Demetry.

And thank you, Fr. Seraphim Holland, for letting us borrow your deacon for our Hierarchical Liturgy with Abp. Peter of Chicago and Mid-America (ROCOR).

The Holy Light or Blessed Fire of Jerusalem, displayed for veneration and for access by the faithful, May 14, 8:45 a.m.  This perpetual flame will remain in the church.  From now on, every candle and every lampada will be lit exclusively from the Holy Fire. CHRIST IS RISEN! XB!

Arrival of Holy Fire from Jerusalem

The welcoming committee, so to speak: from left to right: Vlada Melnichuk, Yaroslav, Julia Melnichuk, starosta Sergei Larin, treasurer Julia Gavrilova. The Archbishop is greeted with the traditional bread and salt. The little cup in the top of the bread contains the salt.

The greeting inside the church at the door. From left to right, Fr. Christopher Allen (Sts. Joachim and Anna, San Antonio); Fr. Aidan (Keller), rector of Holy Protection; server Justin Haynes, server Nicholas Falkowski; Vladyka. In the back are visible Andrew (choir director) and Katherine McGinnis.

Entrance prayers led by Vladyka Peter. Fr. Deacon Nicholas Park; ‘subdeacon’ Justin; Vladyka, Fr. Hieromonk Aidan, rector; server Vladimir; Fr. Christopher Allen; ‘subdeacon’ Chris Falkowski (John); and Fr. Cassian Sibley.

Archbishop Peter's Visit May 2017

May 13-14, Archbishop Peter visits our Parish

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Christ is risen!

We are blessed that Archbishop Peter will visit our parish for Vespers May 13 (6 p.m.) and for Liturgy May 14 (9 a.m.). We welcome all to come and celebrate with us. We also ask those who are able, to bring a dish for the potluck Trapeza following Liturgy on Sunday. Please contact Lara Mokhov-Alferova at or (512) 803-7667, to let her know what you will be bringing.
Also, when Father Deacon Nicholas arrives from Dallas on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., he will bring the Holy Light, that is, the Holy Fire of Jerusalem. This will be put into a lampada in the church, in front of an Icon of the Resurrection. Anyone may take the Holy Light home, but this should be done only if you have a secure lantern or lampada to carry the Light in your car. A thin candle put in the cup holder (drink holder) is not suitable.
May 14 is also Mothers Day and we will be honoring all mothers in the parish at the Liturgy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and Godmothers out there!
Most of all, let’s praise our great and holy mother, the Theotokos, who in Christ is truly our mother and the Mother of the Church!

Let’s prepare ourselves for these great blessings by cleaning our hearts from sins, judgment, anger, and depression. Dear ones, God is with us!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Aidan
(512) 915-0667

PS: Please note that the Vigil for Ascension on Wed., May 24, is canceled. Fr.Aidan will be out of town.