On Sunday, August 6, Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov visited St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Edwardsville, PA. By the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia (OCA), Fr. Igor was invited to serve there on that day.
St. John the Baptist is an old parish founded in the 19th century by the first immigrants from Ukraine. Now, due to demographic changes, that community became much smaller although it has a large and beautiful temple.
On August 6, according to the new calendar, the said parish celebrated feast of the Transfiguration. Fr. Igor headed the Divine Liturgy being co-served by Archpriest Michael Evans, cleric of St. John’s Church. After the Gospel lesson Archpriest Igor preached a homily about the celebrated feast. Following the Ambo prayer he performed traditional blessing of fruits. At the end of the service Fr. Igor greeted the faithful on the occasion of the feast and was invited for the coffee hour at the parish hall.