Patronal Feast of St. John Monastery 2021, Clergy Conference, and Priestly Ordination

By the Grace of God, the gathering of the clergy of our Eparchial Synod took place last week, from Wednesday June 17/30, to Friday June 19/July 2. On Friday evening a vigil service was conducted in honour of St. John which started at 6:15PM, and ended around 1AM. In the morning a Hierarchical Liturgy was served by His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius, together with Bishop Auxentios, and Bishop Maximos. The Reverend Nectarios Pittos was ordained to the priesthood.

Since many clergy could not travel, they were able to connect through the Internet for the deliberations of the clergy conference.

Both Metropolitans Photios and Moses could not travel. The Canadian border was still closed, so many faithful were not able to visit.

The feast was well attended by a few hundred people from all over the United States of America, many of whom stayed until the end of the vigil service.

The faithful were very happy to have received such rich blessings on the feast of St. John of San Francisco.

Pictures of the Feast (Note: link will take you off of our site):

https://dchatzis.smugmug.com/2021-Saint-John-Feast-day-photos/n-5vpPN4

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