The additional services of the weekend were also a fulfilling addition to our parish life. Joining together to begin Saturday’s meetings with a peaceful morning prayers service helped everyone to focus on the goals of the day. Ending the day with Vespers was also a beautiful experience; voices from all over the country joined together to praise God! Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning was uplifting in many ways. The choir sang beautifully, again strengthened by the voices of our visitors. The children of our parish had special roles for the day, throwing petals, greeting His Grace Bishop DANIEL as he entered amidst flurries of snow, and serving at the altar. We were happy to be joined by Seminarian Yurii Andreiko and visiting clergy Rev. Fr. Robert Popichak and his family. During the sermon, His Grace Bishop DANIEL discussed the ever changing idea of “normal” in our society and a reality in which violence, greed, and apathy seem to be ever increasing. He explained that while it is difficult for any individual to combat all of these problems, simply adjusting to this new “normal” is not an option. He challenged us to identify ways to show more kindness, humility, and compassion, and to act as witnesses of what an individual can accomplish when working for the glory of God.