The faithful community of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos, NM, rejoiced as they welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Daniel for his highly anticipated annual Archpastoral Visit this past weekend. The visit, which took place from July 21-23, was a joyous occasion filled with heartfelt prayer, spiritual enrichment, and a deep sense of unity.
During his stay, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, the esteemed spiritual leader of the Western Eparchy, led a series of inspiring events that brought joy to the congregation and left a lasting impact on all in attendance. The visit commenced with a warm and traditional reception, where parishioners, clergy, and community members came together to extend their heartfelt greetings to the Archbishop and offer him bread and salt.
Throughout the weekend, the itinerary included several divine liturgies, prayer services, and intimate gatherings where His Eminence engaged in discussions with parishioners and shared his profound insights on matters of faith, community, and personal growth. The Archbishop's messages were filled with compassion and wisdom, resonating deeply with those in attendance and reaffirming the enduring values of the Orthodox faith.
Father Theophan, the priest of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church, expressed his gratitude for the uplifting visit, stating, "We are truly blessed to have had His Eminence Archbishop Daniel with us this weekend. His presence has brought us renewed spiritual strength and encouragement to continue living our faith in service to others. The love and support shown by our parishioners and the wider community have made this a truly memorable experience."
The Archpastoral Visit included an evening at the Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond with the mobile chapel of the church which provided a unique opportunity for locals to interact with Archbishop Daniel, seeking his blessings and guidance. Through these personal exchanges, many individuals found solace and inspiration in the Archbishop's words, leaving the visit with a renewed commitment to their faith and community. The mobile chapel of Saint Job is a regular fixture at the Friday night concerts. Last year, during the whole series, over 500 people visited the chapel during the concerts.
The annual visit of Archbishop Daniel to Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church has become a cherished tradition that unites the congregation and fosters a deep sense of spiritual family among the faithful. The community looks forward to continuing this tradition in the years to come and building upon the spiritual foundation strengthened during this year's visit.
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos, NM, remains committed to living and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, offering a welcoming space for all seeking spiritual nourishment, healing, and wholeness.