May 14, 2016
Staten Island, NY: Bishop Jerome celebrates Liturgy in Church of our
Lady "Unexpected Joy"
Bright Friday, May 6, the feast day of the Holy Great-Martyr &
Trophy-Bearer George, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, visited the
Church of our Lady "Unexpected Joy" on Staten Island, NY, and
celebrated the Divine Liturgy there.
His Grace was co-served by Archpriests Alexander Belya (dean of New
York City), George Kallaur (parish rector), and Petro Zgoba (parish
cleric), Priest Nikolai Gulin (cleric of St. Stephen Cathedral OCA
in Philadelphia, PA), Protodeacons Paul Wolkow and Eugene Kallaur
(clerics of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY), and
Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of Nativity of the Mother of God Church
at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY).
Upon conclusion of the service, Bishop Jerome spoke to the faithful
about the martyric struggle of St. George, and his significance for
the Orthodox Church, drawing their attention to the opening words of
the Great-Martyr’s kontakion: "Cultivated by God…"
On behalf of the clergy and parishioners of St. John the Baptist
Cathedral in Brooklyn and the whole New York Deanery, as well as
from his family and himself personally, Fr. Alexander congratulated
Fr. George on the occasion of his namesday, wishing him God’s aid
and the prayerful intercessions of the Holy Great-Martyr George in
his difficult pastoral service.
After Liturgy, a bountiful luncheon was served for the clergy and
parishioners in the rectory.
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