Following the presentations, His Eminence congratulated the Parish on its 55th Anniversary; Fr. Georgiy Tyapko, in turn, congratulated Metropolitan Antony on his Enthronement as the 4th Metropolitan of the UOC of the USA and as the Church’s Prime Hierarch and thanked him for coming, communicating the Parish’s pride to be a part of the bigger family of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Everyone in attendance was invited to take a group picture with Metropolitan Antony, as well as other photo opportunities.
The gathering proceeded downstairs to Hall. After everyone was seated, His Eminence was welcomed with the traditional bread-and-salt, after which he was given a hand-embroidered rushnyk (towel) and watercolor rendering of the historic parish building as gifts.
The Sisterhood prepared a buffet of customary Ukrainian delicacies. After serving 135 meals, the repast was followed by a concert showcasing local Ukrainian youths, including the Parish’s own Kane Kozaks & Kozachka (extreme martial arts, Ukrainian-style), Zhuravlyky (‘Little Cranes’ Ukrainian children’s folk dance group), and budding teen vocalists.