On the crisp Sunday morning of the 10th of October, the church was beautifully decorated with myriads of autumnal flower arrangements. Parishioners and guests alike, were all excited and waiting to greet their beloved hierarch. The children of the parish greeted His Grace with flowers and stalks of wheat while the Church Board President Raymond Newak and his wife Dolores greeted Bishop Daniel with the traditional bread and salt.
As the bells echoed through the neighborhood, the Hierarchical Liturgy commenced. The church was filled as the faithful came to join their bishop in worshiping the Lord.
The reading from the Gospel of Luke focused on the widow whose only son had died. His Grace Bishop Daniel delivered a moving sermon vividly bringing new meaning to the Gospel reading. He explained the significance of the widow losing her only son, which left her with no prospects for the future. As the sad and grieving funeral procession exits the city, it encounters the opposite of hopelessness and defeat. Entering the city is Christ with His disciples. While death and despair is exiting, hope and life is entering. These two processions metaphorically collide. There now exists hope, not only for the widow, but, for us all.