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Archpastoral Visit To Phoenixville (8/28/22)

On the weekend of August 27-28, 2022, His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory joined the Parish Family of Holy Ghost Orthodox Church of Phoenixville, PA for the celebration of the 85th Anniversary of the establishment of the parish. His Eminence presided over Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Following Divine Liturgy, the faithful enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of fellowship at a celebratory picnic and old fashioned field day on the Church property. The day concluded with a soft ball game on the parish "field of dreams"

Posted photos show scenes from the weekend celebration.
The church was bedecked with beautiful flowers for the Feast of The Dormition.
Great Vespers
Great Vespers
Metropolitan Gregory gave a brief explanation of liturgical time to those present at vespers.
Nicholas receives a blessing to vest prior to the start of Liturgy.
Parish Council President Mark Samilenko presented Metropolitan Gregory with the traditional gifts of bread and salt.
Fr. Peter Paproski offered words of welcome and presented the hand cross to Metropolitan Gregory.
The Great Censing
"Receive the Body of Christ!"
Metropolitan Gregory offered a prayer of blessing for the parish and visiting alcolytes.
Acolyte Jeremy Kravcak of Sts Peter and Paul Church in Levittown along with parish acolytes listen intently as Metropolitan Gregory offers a prayer of blessing.
Metropolitan Gregory is presented with a bouquet of roses.
Metropolitan Gregory with the parish children.
A highlight of the Anniversary Luncheon was the screening of a digital "program book" which included video addresses, photo gallery, and a narrated history of the parish.
Enjoying the luncheon and fellowship.
The children enjoyed a hay ride after lunch on the expansive parish compound.
The day ended with a softball game on the parish playing field, the first in 20 years!
The softball players.