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Ordination To The Holy Priesthood of Deacon Michael Foster (6/16/19)

On Pentecost Sunday June 16, 2019, His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory made an Archpastoral Visit to The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Morgantown, WV. During the Hierarchichal Divine Liturgy, Deacon Michael Foster, a parish vocation, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood.

Posted photos show scenes from the Ordination Liturgy.
President David Smith greeting His Eminence with bread & salt
Bishop Gregory enters the Church to begin the celebration of Divine Liturgy.
The to be ordained Priest Michael Foster reverencing His Eminence during his last few moments as a Deacon
Censing as a Deacon one last time.
Fr. Michael Foster taking his last steps as a Deacon escorted by Fr. Matthew Stagon & Fr. George Ellis
Deacon Michael is presented to Metropolitan Gregory by Frs. Matthew Stagon (former pastor) and Fr. George Ellis, (present pastor).
Deacon Michael Foster giving thanks before ordination to the Priesthood
Pani Jessica Foster and proud family members
Un-vesting of the Deacon prior to ordination.
AXIOS! Fr. Michael is vested by His Eminence in the priestly sticharion.
Fr. Michael is vested in the Phelonion.
Pani Jessica Foster receiving communion for the first time from the newly ordained Fr. Michael Foster
"O God Save Your People and Bless Your Inheritance!"
A proud Metropolitan and His newly ordained Priest
His Eminence Metropolitan Gregory with the newly ordained Priest Michael Foster and his wife Pani Jessica Foster
Fr. Micheal Foster with proud wife Pani Jessica and in-laws Emily and Mark Duda, and Metropolitan Gregory
Fr. Michael & Pani Jessica Foster with proud family (left to right) God-parents Thomas and Rosemary Wesdock, Mark and Emily Duda
St. Mary's Church family
The officiating clergy (from left to right) Fr. George Ellis, Fr. Michael Foster (newly ordained), Metropolitan Gregory, and Fr. Matthew Stagon