The next morning began with the traditional “bread and salt” greeting of the bishop by the laity of the parish. Jr. UOL Convention singing sensation, Betsy Abrahamson greeted him with flowers and Christine Charest presented him a beautiful and colorful decorated sweet bread. After the visiting seminarians had vested the bishop with full pomp and ceremony in the center of the Church, two of the parish's subdeacons, Paul Cherkas and Joshua Bourgery, led Michael Abrahamson and Nicholas Perkins forward. +Antony tonsured Nicholas as a reader for the parish and Michael, who is enrolled in a diaconal training program, to the subdeaconate. This is a great honor and, along with the many children present at the service, helps ensure the future health and vigor of the community. Later, during the “Little Entrance” of the Divine Liturgy, +Antony presented Fr. Anthony with the first award of the priesthood, the nabedrinnik (shield).
The Hierachical Divine Liturgy was beautiful. Deacon John Charest has a deep voice, which complemented both the wonderful choir, under the direction of Dinna Eichorn, and the baritone of the second deacon, Vasyl Dovhan. At the end of the Liturgy, Metropolitan-elect Antony thanked the choir for their excellent work. He noted that the St. Michael's choir is always a joy to serve with because they sound so beautiful and are always so well prepared for the extra rigors of the hierarchical services.