The St. George parish in suburban Cincinnati kept the memory of its patron on the Great-Martyr’s recent feast day. His Eminence, Archbishop Peter made a pastoral visit to lead the community at the Divine Services.
The Holy, Great-Martyr and Trophy-Bearer George was fittingly hymned during Vigil, Blessing of Water, the hierarchical Divine Liturgy and festal procession. Archpriest Gregory Joyce, who came down from St. Vladimir parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan joined the parish clergy: priest Daniel Marshall, rector, priest Pavel Akmolin, and deacon Alexander Petrovsky. Monk Nicholas and Br. Michael from the Hermitage of the Holy Cross served in the altar, joining in the subdeaconing with Gabriel Sander and helping the other parish altar servers. Under the direction of Dr. Kurt Sander, the parish choir greatly beautified the services.
After the spiritual feast, the warmth of the services transferred to the parish hall, where the sisterhood offered a festal banquet and parishioners lingered, soaking in the joy of the day. As usual, Head Sister Helen Kaminsky had organized a tasty, filling meal.
For over a decade, the St. George parish has held an annual fundraiser called A Russian Summer’s Night (or Winter’s Night, some years!). Held at the remarkable Peterloon estate, this black-tie affair features Russian cuisine, vodka tasting, a live auction, and basket raffles. The evening concludes with an intimate concert, which featured Nikita Abrosimov, an accomplished concert pianist from Russia and participant in the 2017 Van Cliburn competition.
This year’s event was held on Sunday, May 7, the day after the feast of St. George. Archbishop Peter was the guest of honor. Through the support of almost 100 guests and donations from many parishioners and friends of the parish, more than $17,000 was raised. Thanks be to God!
Rev. Daniel Marshall
Rector, St. George Russian Orthodox Church Cincinnati, Ohio