On Wednesday, October 2, on the final day of the Convocation, Bishop Matthew celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Peter and Paul Chapel of the Antiochian Village. He was co-served by Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes, as well as priests who are members of the Bishop’s Council, Deans, and Priest Dimitry Nedostupenko, Secretary of the Sourozh Diocese. Deacons was led by Protodeacon Igor Panachev, cleric of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York.
During the Liturgy, Bishop Matthew ordained Reader Oleg Serebryanov to the rank of subdeacon for Our Lady of Kazan Church in Spokane, WA. The altar server of the same church, Dionysius Butt, after being made a reader and a subdeacon, was ordained a deacon.
After Holy Communion the Archpastor, clergy and laymen venerated the Holy Cross.
His Grace cordially greeted the participants in the Liturgy, and congratulated Archpriest Igor Tarasov and Protodeacon Igor Panachev on the occasion of their name day, the memory of St. Igor of Chernigov. Bishop Matthew presented them with Gramotas for their diligent service to the Church.
Following breakfast the delegates convened for the continuation of the Convocation. They heard the last presentation prepared by Hieromonk Tikhon (Pashkov), Rector of Our Lady of Kazan Church in Spokane, WA titled “The Monastery Renewal and Revival of Monastic Life in the Patriarchal Parishes”.
An interesting discussion then followed regarding plans to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Patriarchal Parishes in the year 2020. An Organization Committee had been elected and certain ideas regarding that celebration were discussed.
After lunch, elections to the Bishop’s Council took place. While waiting for the results of the elections the delegates had an opportunity to listen to an additional report by Abbot Nicodemus (Balyasnikov), Secretary of the Patriarchal Parishes regarding St. Nicholas Cathedral’s ministry among the youth and people addicted to alcohol and drugs.
Following that interesting presentation the election results were announced by Archpriest Timothy Barna, head of the Nomination Committee. The newly elected members were confirmed by the Bishop who expressed his wishes of God’s help in their future work.
At the end of the Convocation, the participants, led by His Grace, visited the grave of St. Raphael of Brooklyn located at the Antiochian Village. A short moleben to give thanks to the Lord for the completion of the gathering was held there. Bishop Matthew expressed his gratitude to the participants and wished all of them a safe trip home.
Those who wished to stay at the hospitable Antiochian Village remained there until the next morning and had a chance to visit a memorial in honor of the Flight 93 Victims.