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Ordination of Fr. Timothy Paproski To the Holy Priesthood (6/9/24)

On Sunday June 9, 2024, Fr. Deacon Timothy Paproski was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at our St. Nicholas Church, through the Laying-On-Of-Hands, by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Co-celebrating with Metropolitan Gregory were Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish for 39 years, Very Rev Protopresbyter Stephen Loposky, Very Protopresbyter Peter Paproski and Deacon Timothy.

View Video of Ordination Here: youtu.be/oZf6EZ6wxT0

At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory offered a special blessing on parish acolytes Luke and Peter. His Eminence also offered sincere words of gratitude to Fr. Ken and Pani Mary Bachofsky for their 39 years of untiring service to the Parish and wished them well in their retirement from active parish ministry. He also expressed his confidence in the newly ordained priest, Father Timothy, to whom he has entrusted the pastoral care of St. Nicholas Parish.

The faithful of St. Nicholas Parish look forward to this new chapter in their parish history, and pray that God will grant Fr. Ken and Pani Mary, much joy in their retirement, and good strength and many blessings to Fr. Timothy, Pani Hailey and Elijah as they begin their service in the vineyard of the Lord

Posted photos are courtesy of Dimitri Lee and Michael Stan.
Metropolitan Gregory with co-celebrating Priests prior to the start of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Metropolitan Gregory praying at the Episcopal Throne
Deacon Timothy intoning the Great Litany
The Little Entrance
The Gospel Reading
Deacon Timothy leads the Clergy in the Great Entrance.
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance.
Deacon Timothy is led by his father, Protopresbyter Peter Paproski and Protopresbyter Stephen Loposky to His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory for Ordination to the Holy Priesthood.
"By the pleasure of God and the work of the Most Holy Life-giving Spirit and with the blessing of Metropolitan Gregory, the pious Deacon Timothy is being ordained to the Holy Priesthood."
"Command O Holy Master!"
"Bless Him O Holy Master!"
"The Holy Spirit shall come upon him and the Power of the Most-High shall overshadow him."
Deacon Timothy offers words of gratitude before being ordained to the Holy Priesthood
Words of gratitude.
Metropolitan Gregory offers words of encouragement to Deacon Timothy
"Are you ready to approach the Altar for Ordination?"
"O Holy Martyrs..." Fr. Peter and Fr. Stephen lead Deacon Timothy around the altar table
Metropolitan Gregory asks the faithful to kneel during the ordination.
Deacon Timothy professes the Creed and recites the oath of obedience to the Church and Hierarchs.
"The Grace Divine which always heals the ill and fills that which is lacking..."
The Laying-On-Of-Hands.
Pani Hailey and Baby Elijah looks on as his Father is being ordained
AXIOS! Fr. Timothy is vested in the priestly sticharion.
AXIOS! Fr. Timothy is presented with and vested in the epitrachelion.
AXIOS! Fr. Timothy is presented with the priestly cuffs.
Metropolitan Gregory places the priestly cuff on Fr. Timothy.
AXIOS! Fr. Timothy is presented with and vested in the priestly zone (belt)
AXIOS! Fr. Timothy is vested in the priestly phelonion.
The newly ordained Priest serves as the first Priest for the remainder of the Divine Liturgy.
Father and Son exchange the Kiss of Peace!
"Let us lift up our hearts!!!" - The Anaphora
Father and Son stand together at the Holy Table.
"Newly Ordained Priest Timothy: Receive this Divine Trust, and guard it until the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, at which time He will demand It from you!"
"The newly ordained Priest Timothy receives the Most-Precious Blood of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!"
"In the Fear of God and with Faith and Love draw near!"
"Receive the Body of Christ!"
Elijah receives Holy Communion from his father.
Pani Hailey receives the Body and Blood of Christ.
Prayer before the Ambon.
Metropolitan Gregory offered the prayer of blessing upon Acolytes Luke and Peter.
Blessing of Acolytes.
Diocesan Clergy with Metropolitan Gregory and newly ordained Priest Timothy.
Metropolitan Gregory with Fr. Timothy and his family.
Metropolitan Gregory with Fr. Timothy, Pani Hailey and Elijah
Metropolitan Gregory and Fr. Timothy with parish acolytes.
Group photo of Clergy and Faithful with His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory.