АКСІОС: 30-ти ліття священства протоієрея Тодора Мазура
The message of the Gospel of Christ is ALWAYS alive throughout centuries. Clergy and people of God preach the living message of Love of our Savior through their daily lives and actions. Generations of bishops, priest and deacons continually serve the Altar of the Almighty God with the profound call to repentance and aspiration towards perfection.
Over the weekend of July 23-24, 2022 the local community of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, NY gathered together with the clergy and faithful from the entire borough of New York for the prayerful celebration of the 30th anniversary of Holy Priesthood of Very Rev. Fr. Todor Mazur, who is a true example of selfless dedication to the living presence of Christ in the lives of his parishioners and all people of God – the day that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church honors the life of Venerable Anthony of the Monastery of Kyiv Caves.
This dedication was truly recognized by the brother clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA that joined His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel in honoring Fr. Todor: Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Muzychka, pastor of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York, NY; Very Rev. Fr. Ioan Proteasa, pastor of St. Andrei Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Jamaica, NY; Rev. Fr. Daniel Bilan of the Romanian Orthodox Church; Rev. Fr. Myroslav Schirta of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bayonne, NJ; Rev. Fr. Vasyl Dovgan of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Troy, NY; Very Rev. Fr. Vasyl Pasakas of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in South Plainfield, NJ; Rev. Fr. Ivan Tchopko of the Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Bound Brook, NJ; Rev. Fr. James Cairns of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Carteret, NJ; Rev. Fr. Myroslav Mykytyuk of the Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Bound Brook, NJ; Deacon Adrian Mazur of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York, NY.
At the entrance to the cathedral temple, the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA were greeted by the representatives of the cathedral’s parish board of administration and the children of Holy Trinity School of Religion and Ukrainian Studies. Traditional flowers and loaves of bread and salt – the symbols of hospitality, were presented to the hierarchs.
At the Small Entrance of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, speaking on behalf of the Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA, presented Fr. Todor with the ecclesiastical miter – an award for the dedicated service in the life of the cathedral family for the past 28 years and 30th anniversary of the Holy Priesthood.
During the liturgical service, the hierarchs offered special prayerful petitions for the nation – the people of Ukraine, as they continue to defend their land against the unjustified aggression of Russia.
Numerous faithful approached the Holy Chalice and partook in the Holy Mystery of Eucharist.
The day concluded with the festive luncheon, prepared in honor of Fr. Todor. A treat to all in attendance was a visit of the National Artist of Ukraine Ivo Bobul, who presented to Fr. Todor and all in attendance a wreath of Ukrainian songs, honoring the ministry of priesthood and memorializing the sacrifices of the Ukrainian men and women, as they continue to fight against Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Many blessed years, dear Fr. Todor! Thank you for your love, care and prayers on behalf of our cathedral community and the greater Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.