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Funeral of Metropolitan Nicholas: Friday March 18, 2011

Today the funeral service for a Hierarch was celebrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, along with His Eminence Archbishop Anthony, His Grace Bishop Daniel and His Grace Bishop Andrei of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Bishop Thomas, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, Bishop Iia of the Albanian Orthodox Diocese, Bishop Mitrophan of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Bishop Melechesedek of the Orthodox Church in America.

Photos Courtesy of Dimitrios Panagos and Nicholas Boucher
The Cathedral church was filled to capacity long before the start of the evening Funeral Service for a Hierarch. - Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Boucher
Fr. Daniel, former seminary librarian and archivist pays his respects to Metropolitan Nicholas. Photos Courtesy of Nicholas Boucher
Archbishop Demetrios' arrival at the Cathedral.

Photo by Dimitrios Panagos
Cathedral Dean, Protopresbyter Frank Miloro greets His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios upon His arrival at the Cathedral.
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Archbishop Demetrios pays his respects to Metropolitan Nicholas

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Bishop Andrei of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada pays his respect to Metropolitan Nicholas.
The Smisko Family with Pani Susan Rosco offer prayers for Metropolitan Nicholas. Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Boucher
Children joined the procession into the Church and were given a place of honor.

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Deacon Stephen Hall and children offer a prayer.
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Bishops in attendance from left to right,
Bishop Mitrophan of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Anthony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., Archbishop Demetrios of America, Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Bishop Andrei of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and Bishop Melchisedek of the Diocese of Western PA, Orthodox Church in America.

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His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios Reads the First Gospel.

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Diocesan priest read the epistles.

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Diocesan Consistory members co-celebrated with the Bishops.

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Ecumenical Guests in attendance.

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Diocesan Archons along with female monastics from Holy Transfiguration Monastery of Elwood City, PA

Photo by Dimitrios Panagos
Diocesan Deacons

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The Church was packed to overflow capacity.

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Protopresbyter Mark Arey read the condolence letter of His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew at the End of Funeral Services.
The Procession out of the Church.

Photo by Dimitrios Panagos

The reading of the Gospel of the Raising of the Widow of Nain at the entrance to the Narthex.

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Archbishop Demetrios leads the funeral procession

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Pallbearers carry His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas out of the Cathedral.

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Archbishop Demetrios offers words of consolation to Protodeacon John Youhas.

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Diocesan Archons venerate the hand cross extended to them by Archbishop Demetrios.

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Children greet Archbishop Demetrios at the funeral luncheon. Photo by Dimitrios Panagos
There were a large number in attendance at the funeral luncheon.
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During the Funeral Luncheon which followed the service at Christ the Saviour Educational Center, those present viewed a testimonial video that was prepared for Metropolitan Nicholas' 25th Anniversary of Consecration to the Episcopacy.
Archbishop Demetrios with Archbishop Anthony and Bishop Andrei at the memorial luncheon.
Archbishop Demetrios offers the final blessing at the memorial luncheon.