On May 6, on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman our Parish family had a beautiful celebration. On that day the Church commemorates Holy Great Victorious Martyr George. This is a Patronal feast of our Parish.
Our festal celebration was headed by our Archpastor, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk. His Grace arrived after the reading of the Third Hour and was greeted by our Parish Warden Olga Roussanow at the entrance to the temple. Bishop John entered the church where he was met by the Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.
During the Sixth Hour the Bishop was vesting in the altar. Then the Divine Liturgy had begun. It was concelebrated by our Rector, as well as by Archpriest Lawrence Bacik, Rector of St. Elias Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, and by Deacon Alexey Golubov, cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral. Two other cathedral clerics, Archpriest Yaroslav Lutoshkin and Priest Mark Rashkov were praying during the Liturgy and assisting in the altar.
Following the Liturgy dismissal the Bishop along with the serving clergy came out of the sanctuary to the middle of the temple and performed the rite of glorification singing the troparia, the kontakion and the magnification in honor of St. George.
At the end of the Liturgy His Grace had a speech. He congratulated the Rector and parishioners on the joyful Patronal feast of St. George. As a response to the Bishop’s speech Archpriest Igor Tarasov greeted His Grace in our temple.
After the liturgical service the celebration of our Patronal feast continued at the trapeza table where His Grace, the clergy, our parishioners and guests together enjoyed very delicious food and a nice company.