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Blessing of Newly Renovated Camp Cabins (5/11/16)

On Wednesday May 11, 2016, following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts Cyril and Methodios, His Grace Bishop Gregory was joined by His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, for the celebration of the Service of Blessing and Dedication of The newly renovated cabins at Camp Nazareth.

This blessing service took place during the Annual Diocesan Priest Convocation.

The posted photos show scenes from the Blessing and Dedication Service and the celebratory brunch which followed.
Awaiting the service of blessing.
"Blessed is our God..." The Blessing and Dedication Service begins.
The Hierarchs pray.
"O Lord our God, consider now mercifully the prayer of Your sinful and unworthy servant, bestow the grace of Your Most Holy Spirit upon these cabins.
The Cabin Blessing and Dedication Service.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders wil have toiled in vain..."
"O Master, we pray, visit these cabins and expel every snare of Satan.
The Hierarchs cense.
The two Hierarchs pray.
The service of Dedication and Blessing of the Cabins
Metropolitan Savas offers the prayer of blessing of the oil
Some of the faithful in attendance from area parishes.
The Hierarchs lead the Clergy to the cabins for the blessing with the blessed water and oil.
Singing Paschal hymns, the clergy process to the cabins.
Blessing the common room.
Metropolitan Savas blesses Bishop Gregory with Holy Water.
The two Hierarchs blessed cabin 4
Metropolitan Savas blesses the interior of Cabin 5 with Holy Water
Blessing the sleeping quarters
Bishop Gregory prepares to annoint the cabin wall with Holy Oil.
Anointing the Cabin wall with oil.
"May the Blessing of the Lord be upon you!"
Bishop Gregory is all smiles as he looks out at the jubilant faces of the Clergy and Faithful in attendance.
Bishop Gregory expressed his gratitude for God that the weather was not inclement as predicted.
Metropolitan Savas looking Heavenward in awe at the brilliance of the sun which came out from behind the clouds at the conclusion of the Blessing Service.
Metropolitan Savas expresses his thankfulness to the Clergy and faithful of the Diocese for the miraculous transformation of the Cabins.
"When we do the work of the Church and cooperate with the Grace of the Holy Spirit great things can be accomplished!"
Diocesan Clergy with His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas and His Grace, Bishop Gregory.
Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese with Metropolitan Savas and Bishop Gregory
Cabins A & B
Cabins 1 & 2
Cabin 3
Cabins 4 & 5
Cabin 6
Cabins 7 & 8
The kitchen staff are all smiles as they prepared to serve Brunch which followed the Dedication Service.
Celebratory Brunch which followed the Dedication Ceremony.
Celebratory Brunch which followed the Dedication Ceremony.
Celebratory Brunch which followed the Dedication Ceremony.
Celebratory Brunch which followed the Dedication Ceremony.
Celebratory Brunch which followed the Dedication Ceremony.
Metropolitan Savas blessing the meal with Bishop Gregory
Those in attendance at the Brunch.
The two Hierarchs share a lighter moment.