Deacon Philip Harendza, a recent graduate of St. Sophia Seminary, who is presently attached to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Johnson City, NY concelebrated the Divine Liturgy, reminiscing at the end of the service about the days of Seminary training where Bishop Daniel, Fr. Vasyl Pasakas, Fr. Vasyl Dmytryshyn and Deacon Philip often concelebrated liturgical services.
In his sermon, the hierarch reflected on the Gospel narrative of Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, stating: “…We believe the FACTS about CHRIST! We believe that He did miracles! But do we have faith that He can do miracles in OUR lives? Do we have faith that Christ can do miracles in the lives of the people we love?.. You see, these miracles weren’t written down so that we’ll give Jesus a round of applause. They were written so that we will see that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is worthy of our worship and worthy of our obedience. He doesn’t want you to be His fan. He calls upon you to be His follower…”
The visit concluded with a coffee hour with the bishop, during which parishioners spend some time with His Grace, before he departed to begin a new week of joyful work in the Vineyard of Christ – Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.