In recognition for her generosity in donating the property to the parish upon which the new Church was built, His Eminence presented a beautiful cross to Mrs. Farrington.
Father Luke is greeted by his father immediately following his elevation to Protopresbyter.
The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Luke Mihaly exchanges the kiss of peace with His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas.
Fr. Luke is presented with the jeweled pectoral cross.
Axios! Axios! Axios! Fr. Luke is presented with the epigonation.
Fr. Luke Mihaly, the pastor of Holy Trinity Church was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter in recognition of his faithful service to Holy Trinity Parish.
Some of the many parish children in attendance.
The Metropolitan offered words of congratulations to the parish community and offered a spiritual reflection on the significance of the consecration of the new Church.
The southern wall is annointed with Holy Chrism.
Metropolitan Nicholas annoints the western wall of the Church with Holy Chrism.
The newly consecrated altar table.
The altar is vested with bright brocade altar linens.
The Metropolitan signs the katasarkion.
A white cloth known as a Katasarkion is secured on The Altar with A cord which typifies the cords tied around our Lord's hands when He was led before the High Priest. This shroud will never be removed again and will remain on the Altar for as long as the Church will remain standing, for our Lord died and was buried once and for all time.
The antimens cloths are placed on the holy altar table.
The altar table is wiped dry from the Chrism and rosewater mingled with wine with antimens cloths.
The Chrism is spread on the altar table top.
The altar is anointed with Chrism.
Metropolitan Nicholas Seals the Relics where they will remain forever with wax mastic. The ingredients are Beeswax, Mastic, Myrrh, Aloe, Incense, Resin and Labdanum. The Altar Table represents the sepulchre of our Savior. This act commemorates the fragrant spices used by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus to anoint the Body of Jesus as a burial preparation. Wax, as a binding and unifying agent, represents the Eternal Bond Between Christ and His Martyrs, Christ and all those who take up their Cross and follow Him, for thus, they die to sin and resurrect to a new life.
Relics of the Holy Martyrs of Raithu and St. Pantheleimon are placed in the four corners and center of the altar table.
The Consecration of the new altar table begins.
"Who is the King of Glory..." His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas enters the Church following the procession around the Church.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, prays before the relics of the Holy Martyrs which were to be enthroned in the new altar table.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, surrounded by priest of the New, York, New Jersey, Southern Tier and New England Deaneries, as well as Orthodox Clergy of the greater Danbury Area begins the Consecration Service.
The interior of Holy Trinity Church.
The Exterior of the beautiful Carpatho-Rusyn Style Wooden Church, located at the top of Joes Hill in Danbury, CT.