He reflected upon the many bishops and clergy – now reposed in the Lord and resting in St. Andrew Cemetery, among them two of his consecrating bishops. He visited many of these graves prior to the Liturgy to reflect upon how each contributed to making his own ministry in the Name of the Lord much more successful than it would have been if they had not touched his life. The Archbishop expressed his deeply felt gratitude to all who joined in this celebration on the actual anniversary date and assured them all of his prayers for them on a daily basis.
The celebration concluded with a luncheon at St. Sophia Seminary, which was prepared by Pani Maria Morozovska the seminary “house mother” and loving cook, with the seminarians welcoming the hierarchs, clergy and the faithful to the place where future pastors of our Church are educated and nurtured.
Please note, that the official UOC of USA celebration of Archbishop Antony’s 25th anniversary of archpastoral service will be celebrated at St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD on January 22, 2011. Parishes, organizations and individuals will soon receive invitations to participate in this joyful event.