St. Nicholas Parish celebrates first Liturgy in New Church

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney, TX received approval for the construction of a "living fence" to fulfill the last of the city's building ordinances on Tuesday, June 8th. The "fence," consisting of 88 "Nellie R. Stevens" Hollies, was planted on June 9th and 10th, and the parish received an occupancy permit on June 11th, after a 2-year building process. Our thanks and prayers go out to all of those who have assisted us in this endeavor whether by prayer, encouragement, or financial support. Our first Vigil and Liturgy were served on the weekend of June 12th and 13th. The services in honor of the New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke were served by our rector, Priest Seraphim Holland, assisted by Deacon Nicholas Park and accompanied by the beautiful and prayerful singing of our parish choir under the direction of Genevieve Park. Many of our parishioners came together to give thanks to God on this day, and we shared a common meal together after the service, as is our custom. In all respects, this was a truly festive time for our parish.

Pictures of the First Liturgy in the temple can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/saint-nicholas/sets/72157624278380102/

We still need financial assistance, as we incurred a number of short- and long-term debts in the final stages of the project. Please visit our web page if you are able to help.


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