The bright spring sunshine made our church’s golden domes, freshly sprinkled with a light rain, glisten brightly. The air was filled with fragrant aroma of blossoming apple trees, which are scattered over the parish property like magnificent candle flames of flickering white blossoms almost seemed to welcome the Bishop in their midst. Along with this wonderful aroma one could hear joyful chatter of the parish children, awaiting with great anticipation the arrival of Bishop Daniel. They were prepared with baskets full of rose petals to be cast in the path the Bishop would walk to the entrance of the church. When they spotted him they eagerly shrieked “Mayday! Mayday!” But it was an expression of joy, rather than the usual disaster the phrase is used to announce. It was the children’s way of saying, come and help us greet our beloved Bishop.
The Bishop’s path to the Church was covered with those rose petals thrown by the excited children. Bishop Daniel was greeted at the Church entrance with traditional bread and salt and warm words of welcome by our Parish Board President, Gregory Lisnyczyj; with flowers and kind words by Starosta, Oleksandr Dobyuk and Sisterhood representative, Irene Carman. He was further greeted by Parish Pastor, Fr. Vasyl Sendeha, who asked the bishop to lead the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, praying for all the faithful members and remembering the founders and benefactors or parish life. Subdeacon Vasyl Dovgan, a seminarian of St. Sophia Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ, and two Subdeacons of our parish Oleksiy Dobyuk and Alex Carman assisted as altar servers during the Liturgy.