In the Litany of Fervent Supplication Bishop Daniel added petitions for those entering seminaries, monasteries, and the Holy Priesthood; that they may have the spiritual strength to be steadfast in their faith and do good works for the church. His Grace also prayed for the youth of our church that they may be able to fight temptation and for their parents, that they may guide their children through tough times and lead them away from harm. Vladyka Daniel also remembered a former pastor of the St. Michael parish, now His Eminence Archbishop Antony, who will be celebrating 25 years as a Bishop. Finally, Bishop Daniel commemorated all our brave men and women serving in the armed forces for the United States both here and abroad.
After Liturgy concluded, Fr. Ray again welcomed Bishop Daniel to the parish and expressed how relieved everyone is that he is out of the hospital and healthy. We took a group photo in the church and made our way into the hall for a delectable pot luck luncheon. Following festive luncheon, the congregation was treated with a beautiful homemade cake to help celebrate January birthdays, including Fr. Ray’s. We all sang Happy Birthday and Mnohaya Lita to those with whom we were celebrating. In conlusion, the bishop shared with the parish congregation a vision of the various ministries of the Church, encouraging the membership if the parish family to actively participate in the encampments of All Saints Camp, Annual Family Fest in Emlenton, PA, to support the UOL Souper Bowl Sunday project as well as to look for new projects and to reach out to a local community, assisting those that are in need.
While the snow falling looked like it may start accumulating, people made their way out into the secular world again with the Bishop’s words of change in their minds, smiles on their faces, and a feast in their bellies.