On Sunday April 21, 2013 St Luke’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Warners, NY hosted the Pan-Orthodox Vespers service! The Vespers Service was celebrated by Fr. David Smith of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY; Fr. Elias Nasar of St Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY; Fr. Philip McCaffery and Fr. Peter Bunitsky of Holy Transfiguration Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY; Fr. Leonid Schmidt of Saints Peter and Paul OCA Church in Syracuse, NY; Fr. Deacon Nicholas Mashie of St Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church; Fr. James Gurguis of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Churchin and Fr. Borislav Kroner – rector of St. Luke’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Warners, NY.
The service was attended by close to one hundred worshippers from the Syracuse area as well as other areas in NY state. After the service Fr. Borislav addressed the clergy, parishioners and guests and remarked on the importance of Orthodox Unity. “Orthodoxy transcends nationality, ethnicity and language and we must come together and witness to the Gospel of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ in the face of great evils that our society faces in these turbulent times.”