On July 18/31, His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, along with Hierodeacon Benedict, travelled from St John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery in Cobleskill, NY to the parish of St Seraphim of Sarov in Glen Allen, Virginia, just outside Richmond, to celebrate the feast of the uncovering of the relics of St Seraphim of Sarov.
That evening, Great Vespers with Liti were served, with His Eminence in attendance. Afterward, His Eminence hosted a question and answer period with the members of the parish. The following day, Divine Liturgy was served, with His Eminence in attendance. Serving from the parish of St Seraphim of Sarov were Fr Nicodemos Gayle, along with deacons Fr Andrew Wales and Fr Joseph Clatterbuck. Fr George Psaromatis from St Nicholas in Maryland, and Fr Andrew Frick from Holy Ascension in Fairfax, VA, travelled to the parish for the feast, along with many faithful from across the country. During the service, Alexis Arzuaga, from North Carolina, was made a subdeacon, and Michael Skvor, who lives locally, was tonsured a reader.
Following the Liturgy, a festive meal was served, with a brief talk by His Eminence.
May St Seraphim of Sarov intercede for us all!
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