Bishop Peter visits Holy Virgin Protection Church in Goshen, Indiana
His Grace Bishop Peter visited Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church in Goshen, Indiana on October 19, the Sunday following parish's patronal feast. The parish youth met Vladyka with rose petals; he was formally greeted with bread and salt by the parish warden, Wladimir Ride. With the assistance of choir director Carol Surgant, who came from St. Louis, Missouri, the parish choir sang the responses for the hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Around 100 of the faithful filled the church. Bishop Peter gave a highly instructive homily on the Apostle Thomas, whose feast day it was.
At the end of the liturgy, the parish venerated for the first time the icon it had ordered which contains relics recently donated to the parish: St. Theodosius of Chernigov, St. Innocent of Chersones, St. Jonah of Odessa and St. Lawrence of Chernigov. The icon is the work of Reader Paul Drozdowski.
Having venerated the newly-blessed icon, everyone kissed the cross and recieved Vladyka's blessing. A wonderful festal meal prepared by the sisterhood was held in the parish hall. After the meal, the parish rector, Rev. Daniel Marshall, thanked His Grace for making the effort to visit the parish, despite his busy schedule. He also thanked Deacon Alexander Kichakov, Reader Andrei Urtiew, Reader Nicholas Hantel, and Reader Timothy Tadros for their participation which made the beautiful hierarchical service possible. The parish Russian Dancers concluded the festivities with a performance.