At least 2,000 worshipers and sightseers so jammed the building that, with the heat of hundreds of burning candles, three women fainted just before the consecration of the new bishop.
THE SAINT PAUL GLOBE — Minnesota
March 14, 1904
NEW RUSSIAN BISHOP
Pastor of Brooklyn Church Consecrated in New York.
NEW YORK, March 13.—In accordance with the decision of the holy synod at St. Petersburg, a third bishop was added today to the Russian orthodox church in America, when Raphael Hawaweeny, archimandrite, pastor of the Syrian Arabic Church of St. Nicholas, of Brooklyn, became bishop Raphael, the first of his faith to be consecrated in America.
At least 2,000 worshipers and sightseers so jammed the building that, with the heat of hundreds of burning tapers, three women fainted just before the actual consecration of the new bishop.
Bishop Tikhon, of North America, and Bishop Innocent, of Alaska, attired in robes heavy with gold and silver designs in needle work, and wearing their mitres of gold studded with jewels, sat together upon a throne facing the altar. To the right, representing the czar, head of the church, were A. N. Bobroff, secretary of the imperial Russian embassy, and Count Nicholas de Lodygensky, consul general at New York.
Previous to the reading of the gospels, Archimandrites Toth and Turkeevitch, wearing the imperial orders of St. Vladimir and St. Ann, led the nominated bishop to the enthroned bishops. They, taking him by the hands, led him to the holy table through the royal gates to the inner temple. There he knelt while the bishops placed their hands upon his head and invoked the holy ghost to descend and bless him.
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