Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of April, the Sunday of St. John
Climacus, His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield, vicar of the Eastern
American Diocese, paid an archpastoral visit to
St. John the Wonderworker Church in Framingham, MA. On Sunday
morning, His Grace celebrated the Divine Liturgy, co-served by
rector Priest Vadim Pismenny, Protodeacon Alexander Jarostchuk
(cleric of Holy Epiphany Church in Boston, MA), and Hierodeacon
Anatoly (Zilin; cleric of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville).
Many parishioners and parish guests were present at the Liturgy.
In his sermon, His Grace called upon all present – laymen, clergy,
and monastics – to read "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" by St. John
Climacus, as an important patristic labor that can provide much
After the service, the rector, greeting Bishop George, noted that
the latter is the first bishop to celebrate the Liturgy in St.
John’s Church. Fr. Vadim also congratulated His Grace on his recent
60th birthday, as well as with his receiving the Order of St.
Seraphim of Sarov, 2nd Class, bestowed upon him at the Sobor of
Bishops in Moscow.
In turn, Bishop George thanked parishioners for their prayers and
warm reception and called upon them to continue donating generously
to the construction of a new church.
After the Liturgy, His Grace conversed with parishioners and the
clerics over the course of a Lenten luncheon prepared by the parish
After a break, the Rite of Holy Unction was served at 4:00 PM.
Despite the long hierarchal Liturgy that preceded it, many of the
faithful, parishioners and guests, remained for the service. Deacon
Alexander Doohovskoy (cleric of St. Xenia’s Church in Methuen, MA)
joined the above-mentioned clerics.
In his sermon, Bishop George highlighted the penitential nature of
this sacrament, and himself asked forgiveness of those present.
After the completion of the rite and spending some time with the
faithful, His Grace departed for home, to Holy Cross Monastery.
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