On Saturday February 16 the clergy of the Atlantic States Deanery celebrated Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Reading, PA. The service was led by the Atlantic States Dean, Archpriest John Vass, rector of Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD, and co-served by Hieromonk Sylvester (Kozhin; parish rector), Archpriest Basil Micek (rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Scranton, PA), Archpriest Michael Lepa, (interim rector of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes Barre, PA), Archpriest Alexey Bocharnikov (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Chester, PA), Protodeacon Gregory Chwastiak, Deacon Michael Bishop (cleric of Holy Trinity) and Deacon Michael Sidorochev (cleric of St. Nicholas). The choir beautifully sang in both English and Slavonic while the church was filled with parishioners and guests.
At the conclusion of the service, Fr. John gave a sermon on the significance of the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple. Afterwards, he greeted the concelebrating clergy and graciously thanked the choir for singing.
Following the Divine Service, a bountiful and delicious luncheon was served in the church hall generously coordinated by the parishioners.
After lunch the clergy of the deanery gathered for a meeting to discuss pastoral and administrative issues facing the parishes. Also participating in the meeting were Priest Gregory Winsky (rector of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Philadelphia, PA), Deacon Michael Ardan (cleric of St. Michael Church) and a some parishioners of the Reading parish. Many topics of importance to the deanery were discussed. Likewise, some discussion focused on preparations for the next Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes. The meeting was fruitful, and all were encouraged by the dialog and ideas presented.
The deanery sincerely thanks St. Nicholas Church for hosting the service and meeting.
Archpriest John Vass & Timothy Micek
(courtesy of Timothy Micek)