Archbishop Nikon’s Visit

21 Sep
Archbishop Nikon giving the homily

Archbishop Nikon giving the homily

Great Entrance with Sub-deacons Nektary Lukianov and Paul Tvardzik

The weekend of September 20–21, we had the honor and pleasure of welcoming our bishop to our parish. His Eminence, The Most Reverend Nikon, archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese
(Orthodox Church in America) not only celebrated both the services of Vespers and Divine Liturgy with

Visiting with church school children

Visiting with church school children

us but also cordially conversed with the Parish Council, church school children, and many parishioners.

His visit brought to my mind the words of St. Ignatius of Antioch [AD 110]:

Follow your bishop, every one of you, as obediently as Jesus Christ followed the Father. Obey your clergy too as you would the apostles; give your deacons the same reverence that you would to a command of God. Make sure that no step affecting the Church is ever taken by anyone without the bishop’s sanction. The sole Eucharist you should consider valid is one that is celebrated by the bishop himself, or by some person authorized by him. Where the bishop is to be seen, there let all his people be; just as, wherever Jesus Christ is present, there is the Catholic Church (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2).

Indeed, when His Eminence visited, and especially when he served

Dn. Gregory Curran reading the Gospel

Dn. Gregory Curran reading the Gospel

the Divine Liturgy, I witnessed the

Vladyka Nikon and Fr. Steven Belonick, Rector

Vladyka Nikon and Fr. Steven Belonick, Rector

fulness of the Church before my eyes: bishop, priest, deacons, sub-deacons, and the laity formed a cohesive body, reflecting the image of the Great Shepherd, with His apostles, ministers, and sheep. The presence of Archbishop Nikon among us truly reminded us of how our Church was meant to be structured, from the time of the apostles.

Many Years!

Many Years!

We thank him for being in our midst—serving, preaching, listening, counseling, and caring. And, we wish him, as our Shepherd and Master, “Many Years!” or “Eis Polla Eti Dhespota!” as the original Greek phrase proclaims.

Photos: Richard Kendall and Chris Savisky, parishioners

 

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