UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
St. Nicholas Parish, Charlottesville, Virginia Celebrates Patron Feast Day
On Sunday, December 2, 2012, the UOC of USA parish in Charlottesville (Greenwood), Virginia under the patronage of St. Nicholas of Myra, welcomed His Eminence, Metropolitan-Elect Antony, for its patronal feast. Founded as a Mission effort in 1998, and Consecrated as a Parish in 2009, the Parish has recently completed an interior renovation designed by skilled members of the Parish family to increase the size of the nave, in order to accommodate the increasing numbers of faithful congregants and visitors. The weekend’s activities began with an historic, long-awaited visit by His Eminence to Southwest Virginia on Saturday and culminated in Sunday’s Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. It was with hearts full of a special spirit of thanksgiving and welcome that the traditional gifts of bread and salt were presented by Parish board chair, Ms. Cynthia Patzig and vice chair, Mr. Donald McKay, with Elena Gavrilovic representing the parish youth in an offering of flowers. The Metropolitan-Elect admitted his great love and solicitude for the Parish that he always visits with joy. V. Rev. Robert Holet, the parish pastor, welcomed His Eminence with the traditional presentation of the altar cross, noting the joy of the Parish in the announcement of the election of His Eminence to serve as Metropolitan of the UOC of USA. The clergy, including visiting Deacon Andriy Matlack, were assisted by parish Subdeacon James Guba, subdeacons/seminarians Ioan Mazur and Yurij Andreiko from St. Sophia Seminary, and altar servers Vladimir Gavrilovic and Cyrus Frost from St. Nicholas parish.