Friday evening the Vigil service was served by Hieromonk Alexei and then joined by Priest Benjamin Naasko, Priest Micah Chisholm (St. Sebastian in Traverse City), and Priest Colin Bower (St. Vladimir’s in Ann Arbor) for the litia and polylei. Priests Micah and Colin both also brought their families along to celebrate the Feast with us.
The next morning Priest Benjamin celebrated the festal Divine Liturgy and Priest Micah, Priest Colin, Hieromonk Alexei, and Priest Jesse Rimshas (St. Jacob’s in Ishpeming) co-celebrated. A Cross Procession was led around the Church and afterwards a meal provided primarily by Pr. Benjamin’s wife, Elizabeth (who also led the choir for our feast day services - many thanks to her and all who sang!).
Archbishop Peter and a few others originally intended to celebrate with us, but the Lord had other plans and they went to St. Louis to the funeral of the newly reposed Archpriest Martin Swanson. We sang ‘Memory Eternal’ to him and ‘Many Years’ to all those who celebrated the Feast together with us.
Many were able to confess and commune of the Mysteries of Christ. Thank you to all who served, read, sang, cooked, decorated, ironed, and cleaned to make this Patronal Feast of our Monastery so simply delightful!
Venerable fathers Sergius and Herman, pray to God for us!