Alumnus Archpriest Sergei Glagolev Receives Miter, and Recognition at Music Conference

Mat. Deborah Belonick

Our alumnus, Father Sergei Glagolev (Class of 1949), on Pentecost, June 4, 2017, was elevated to the dignity of Mitered Archpriest by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America. The elevation occurred during the Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow, Long Island, a parish in which Fr. Sergei at one time had served as pastor.

Father Sergei—a graduate not only of our Seminary but also of New York University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music—is best known for spreading God’s Word throughout North America via his liturgical music settings in the English language—a radical idea in the mid-twentieth century, when he began this ministry!

He coupled his musical ministry with his work as the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Lorain, Ohio, and St. Innocent Church, Encino-Tarzana, California; and then as Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco; and finally as pastor of Holy Trinity Church. He also gave presentations at numerous workshops and conferences throughout North America for decades, and taught at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, as Lecturer in Liturgical Music.

Another one of our seminary alumni, David Lucs, recently gave a presentation about Fr. Sergei’s life and work in the field of liturgical music, titled, “Blessed are the people who know the Festal Shout,”  at the Seventh International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, organized by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) and held at the University of Eastern Finland, School of Theology, in Joensuu, June 6–11, 2017. Watch a YouTube video of that Mr. Lucs presentation here.

Axios, and many years, Fr. Sergei!

[The Home Page photo of Fr. Sergei with Fr. Ivan Moody, chairman of ISOCM, was taken recently on our seminary campus by Mary Honoré.]