The Divine Liturgy that followed the greeting was truly uplifting. Fr. Borislav Kroner, Pastor of St Luke’s UOC, Fr. Yuriy Kasyanov, Pastor of Holy Trinity in Buffalo, NY, Fr. Ivan Semko from St’s Peter and Paul in Herkimer, NY, Fr. Ihor Krekhovetsky, Pastor of Stain Mary Protectress in Rochester NY, Fr. Ivan Synevskyy of St. John the Baptist in Johnson City NY, newly ordained Fr. Deacon Andiry Matlak, Seminarians and altar servants gathered around the Holy Altar as His Grace Bishop Daniel sent up His Archpastoral prayers for all the clergy and the people and all those who have been effected by hurricane Sandy. In the sermon His Grace talked about the importance of doing good works for ones neighbor and community and warned against selfishness that is unfortunately wide spread in these troubled times.
Divine Liturgy was followed by the blessing of the newly restored Church Hall, which suffered a tragic roof collapse two years ago. His Grace thanked all the people who worked so hard in the construction of the hall, breezeway and new pavilion especially recognizing the efforts of Peter Tymchenko, Gregory Zownirenko and Valentina Zownirenko by presenting them with hramota’s for their work in the reconstruction project.