St. Vladimir Orthodox Christian Church - Trenton, New Jersey

812 Grand Street; Trenton, NJ 08610

St. Vladimir Feast Day 2024

Feast Day Celebration - 2024 - 07/14/2024

St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Trenton, NJ celebrated their Feast Day Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16 with a special visit from His Eminence, Archbishop Michael (Dahulich), Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.

Children greeted him with smiles and while throwing rose petals, escorted him to the Temple.  There he was greeted in the traditional manner; with flowers, salt and bread.  V. Rev. Volodymyr Chaikivskyi, Rector,  Rev. Bohdan Chaikivskyi and V. Rev. Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus offered words of welcome and joy.

A hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served, during which Fr. Bohdan was awarded the Nabedrennik.  A Nabedrennik is a stiffened square cloth worn on the left side via a long loop of cloth placed over the right shoulder.  This is a cleric award so is not worn by all priests. 

After the service, a banquet was served in honor of our patron saint, St. Vladimir, and in honor of our beloved Archbishop's visit.

Many years to all!

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Fr. Paul Celebrates 102nd Birthday

On July 2, 2024 Fr. Paul Shafran reached another milestone - his 102nd birthday. 

Sunday, June 30, 2024 Fr. Paul served Divine Liturgy with Fr. Volodymyr Chaikivskyi, Rector, and Fr. Bohdan Chaikivskyi. Following Liturgy Fr. Paul and family, granddaughter Marissa, daughters Nina and Paula, and son-in-law Ludwig, joined the parish to celebrate this momentous event with a delicious luncheon and cake accompanied by a festive rendition of Happy Birthday and Many Years!

On the "official" day, Fr. Paul and Matushka Mary enjoyed the celebration at home with family. 

God is indeed good!


Agape Vespers
Agape Vespers
Agape Vespers
Fun at Our Pascha Picnic!
Fun at Our Pascha Picnic!
Fun at Our Pascha Picnic!
Holy Pascha!

On Sunday morning, Vespers were celebrated, baskets were blessed and everyone enjoyed delicious food and fellowship at our annual Pascha Picnic.

Not even the rain could dampen our joyous spirits!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!


Holy Pascha-Vepers, Blessing of Baskets & Parish Picnic Photos

Easter Egg Hunt!

All of our youngest parishioners had fun finding surprise filled eggs to fill their baskets : )

Happy Easter!

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Our Light Shines in the Darkness!
Our Light Shines in the Darkness!
Our Light Shines in the Darkness!
Holy Saturday

We celebrate our risen Lord as we accept the light of Christ and form a midnight procession around the church declaring, "Christ is Risen from the Dead...."

We re-enter the church exclaiming "Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!" and hear the sermon of St. John Chrysostom to prepare for the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

"O Christ, Great and Most Holy Pascha. O Wisdom, Word and Power of God, grant that we may more perfectly partake of Thee in the never-ending day of The Kingdom."

                         -Ninth Ode, Paschal Canon


Holy Saturday-Procession, Paschal Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Baskets Photos

Holy Friday

On Great and Holy Friday we commemorate the death of Christ on the Cross.

This is the culmination of the observance of

His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins.


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Reading the Gospels
Reading the Gospels
Reading the Gospels
Holy Thursday-12 Passion Gospels

We learn of God's love for us through the Last Supper of Christ, where he established the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Our new commandment is to "love one another."

Holy Thursday-12 Passion Gospels 2024 Photos


Being Blessed with Holy Oil
Being Blessed with Holy Oil
Being Blessed with Holy Oil
Holy Wednesday-Holy Unction

The Sacrament of Holy Unction (oil) is offered for the healing of soul and body and for the forgiveness of sins.

Holy Wednesday-Holy Unction 2024 Photos

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.

"Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"


Palm Sunday 2024 Photos


Palm Sunday Icons
Palm Sunday Icons
Palm Sunday Icons
Traditional Palms & Pussy Willows
Traditional Palms & Pussy Willows
Traditional Palms & Pussy Willows

More Palm Sunday Photos!

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Veneration of The Holy Cross Lenten Sunday

On the third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, we commemorate the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This was a beautiful day at St. Vladimir as we also had the opportunity to host afternoon Mission Vespers and a delicious Potluck Supper.

Our parish had many visiting priests and parishioners from other churches in attendance. Open the link below to see the photos!


Veneration of The Cross & Mission Vespers Photos

Matushka Mary Shafran celebrates...99 years!


Matushka Mary celebrated her 99th birthday on March 3rd surrounded by family and friends.


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