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Feast of the Three Hierarchs

posted Feb 7, 2019, 7:49 AM by Mother Seraphima   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

From the OCA website:

The sisterhood of the Monastery of the Transfiguration hosted area clergy on Clergy Appreciation Day, which coincided with the celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs on January 30, 2019.

“Due to the severe cold, weather and health issues, a number of clergy had to cancel their participation,” said Mother Christophora, Abbess.  “But those who attended experienced a gathering of prayer and fellowship for our beloved clergy and the opportunity for them to serve together and discuss common areas of interest, as well as the needs and challenges for churches in our area.”

The day opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, at which Archpriest Andrew D. Nelko, Campbell, OH, who was celebrating the 31st anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, presided.  Concelebrating were Archpriests Gregory Kevin Long, New Castle, PA and Paisius McGrath, Lyndora, PA, and Priests John Schmidt, Ellwood City, PA; Seraphim Moslener, Beaver Falls, PA, who delivered the homily; and Andrew P. Nelko, Weirton, WV.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, a Memorial Service was celebrated for Matushka Juliana Schmemann on the second anniversary of her repose.  She was remembered, along with her husband, Protopresbyter Alexander, on the anniversary of their wedding.

A luncheon prepared by the sisterhood was enjoyed after the Liturgy.  The clergy also received gifts from the sisters in appreciation for their ministries and assistance to the monastery.

“Following the luncheon, a profitable and interesting discussion took place among the clergy and the sisters as we looked at ways to better serve our area population—ways to minister both to those who attend our churches and to those who are yet unfamiliar with Orthodoxy,” said Mother Christophora.  “We also discussed involving youth in parish service and shared ways to widen the social and spiritual horizons of our local parish communities.  We observe and experience a general sense of defeat in our geographical area, and we discussed how this effects our parishes as well.”

The clergy deeply appreciated the gathering and the hospitality of the sisterhood and look forward to their next opportunity to be together at the monastery.