On January 31st, on the 35th Sunday after Pentecost, we had a nice liturgical celebration at St. George Church. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy. Following the Gospel lesson he preached a homily in English.
In his homily the Rector spoke about eternal life and reflected upon different ideas a Christian mind can have about it. Since the Gospel lesson was telling a story of a young ruler who asked Jesus how to enter into eternal life (Lk. 18, 18-27), such an important subject was appropriate for the sermon.
After the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector congratulated our young parishioner Anton Malyshew, as well as his stepmother Maria Malyshew on the occasion of their name days (January 30 and 31). Traditional Polychronion was sung.
Following the Liturgy we had an opportunity to listen to a brief speech of a missionary priest, Archimandrite Juvenal (Repass) who was present in our temple and prayed at the Divine Liturgy. After the service ha told about his missionary work in Guatemala and invited parishioners to make charitable donations for that noble cause.