Joining in the celebration of Divine Liturgy were neighboring clergy: V. Rev. George Hawryliuk, retired priest of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese, Rev. Fr. Vasyl Sendeha, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Palos Park, IL, Fr. Mark Swindle, Holy Virgin Parish, Arnold, PA (a son of St. Michael Parish), Fr. Mykola Dilendorf, attached to St. Volodymyr Cathedral, Chicago, IL and Deacon John Charest, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Palos Park, IL, along with the parish altar servers and seminarian Subdeacon Yurij Andreiko, who accompanied the Metropolitan for the celebration. The parish choir of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Palos Park under the direction of George Cypynsky beautifully sang for the Liturgy as a gift of love to their brothers and sisters of St. Michael Parish.
During his homily, the Metropolitan spoke of the importance of history of the parish in defining who the members of today are as Orthodox Christians. It is important to remember from where and from whom we came to be able to comprehend where we need to go in the future. He reminded the faithful that their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents sacrificed much to build a beautiful home of worship for them and for their children and that the parish membership of today must identify with this willingness to sacrifice – or in other words – to love – not only one another but those in the community around them who have no place to worship or who are literally starving to death in search of the spiritual nourishment they have never known in their lives. The parish family members must be conscientious about how they raise their own children and grandchildren, instilling in them the same love of God and for His Holy Church that their parents instilled in them. History is important, but we must comprehend that all our history leads us in one direction – to unity with God – Theosis – the ultimate destination of our life.