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.

May 7, Victory Day Commemoration


We have received a blessing from Fr. Aidan to commemorate Victory Day (9 May) on Sunday 7 May.

We shall gather together after trapeza to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, in which many of our great-grandparents, grandparents, and other relatives participated, and in which some of them gave their lives, along with millions of others who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For many of us, it is a very important day full of tears, sorrow, remembrance, and contemplation of the great sacrifices made. World War II was a global tragedy that should never be forgotten. We will try to explain a lot in English, as Fr. Aidan has requested.

The program will occur right after the meal after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday the 7th of May. It will be targeted mostly for children, but the older generation will have something for their heart as well.

Our children will perform songs and poems. If your child wants to recite a poem or sing a song, it’s more than welcomed. Please contact Elena Aleshina ( in advance so that she can add you to the program.

Please send pictures for the memorial wall to Elena Aleshina along with some information about the person, 3 or 4 sentences: Name, Info about their service in WWII, Honors/Rewards, etc.

Please, join us!

St George’s ribbons will be distributed with Father’s blessing from the bookstore near the candles starting Sunday April 30. Please stop by and pick up one as a free gift.


Update: May 7, 2017

Last year, the theme of our celebration was to recognize all our grand parents and great grandparents who contributed to the victory over the Nazis in World War II.  This year, we tried to tell our children about the Leningrad siege and read letters that were sent by soldiers to their families during the war.  Next year, we will begin to talk about the major battles.  We want our children to know about their history and how great was the sacrifice and the victory.

Thank you to everyone who shared their experiences today, and joined us in commemoration and celebration.  Especially thank you to our children who did so well in their performances and participation.

Elena Aleshina

2017 Victory Day Commemoration