Eis Polla Eti Despota! - 08/21/11

It was a joyous experience for all of us when His Grace Bishop MICHAEL spent the weekend worshiping with the faithful and friends of our parish. Bishop Michael’s presence and inspired words of wisdom brought peace and consolation to those who attended the Great Vespers on Saturday evening and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning on the weekend of August 20th and 21st 2011.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy held on Sunday morning was truly a spiritually enriching event. Bishop Michael and Father Igor Kseniuk, Rector of the parish were joined by Archdeacon Michael Suvak of the Holy Protection Cathedral in New York, NY and visiting Sub-Deacon Alexander Vlachos of Christ the Savior Church in Paramus, NJ. Serving in the Altar were also Reader Stephen Wasilewski, President of the Parish Council, Philip Benda and Maxim Kseniuk. During the service Bishop Michael presented an award of Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to parish Rector, Fr. Igor – the nabedrenik (the Thigh-Shield) – in recognition of his deep commitment to Christ and dedicated service to His holy Church. Service was abundantly beautified by inspirational singing of our parish choir under the direction of Matushka Anna Kseniuk.

The Liturgy was followed by a luncheon in the church hall, during which the faithful had opportunities to speak with our beloved spiritual shepherd and archpastor, His Grace Bishop Michael, and receive his blessing. In recognition of the excellent work being undertaken across the diocese and to support Vladika’s Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors fund, a check was presented to Bishop Michael on behalf of the Parish Council by Vice President Reader Christopher Bygonaise. The weekend was one filled with spiritual joy, enrichment, and cherished fellowship. We wish Bishop Michael Many Years! Eis Polla Eti Despota!