July 11, 2012
Mayfield, PA: Bishop George led the Patronal Feast Day of St. John
the Baptist Cathedral
Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of July, on the feast of the
Nativity of St. John the Forerunner,
St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA celebrated its
patronal feast day. That evening saw the greeting of the Bishop –
His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield, Vicar of the Eastern American
Diocese, Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery, and cathedral rector.
His Grace was co-served at the All-Night Vigil by cathedral dean
Archpriest John Sorochka, who was celebrating his namesday, and
Archpriest Vladimir Fetcho (rector of St. Nicholas Church in
The following morning, the Bishop was greeted before the main
entrance to the cathedral, after which the festal Liturgy began.
Bishop George was co-served by Fr. John, Archpriest David Hritcko
(rector of St. Basil the Great Church in Simpson, PA), Archpriest
Basil Micek (rector of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Scranton, PA),
Fr. Vladimir, Archpriest Elias Krenitsky (retired cleric of St.
Michael the Archangel Church in Old Forge, PA), Archpriest Michael
Lepa (cleric of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery in South Canaan,
PA), Abbot German (Ciuba; rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Old
Forge, PA), Archpriest Petre Kruashvili (rector of St. Grigol of
Khandzta Church in Somerville, NJ), and parish protodeacons Stephen
Howanetz and Gregory Petrochko. Also praying in church was
Archpriest Alexander Atty (dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological
Seminary in South Canaan, PA.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, a short moleben was served to the
Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of the Lord John. After the
service, everyone proceeded across the street, where a bountiful
lenten luncheon was provided in the parish hall.
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