UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Visit Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Community of Baltimore, MD
By Julianna Wasiluk – Photos by Seminarian Yurii Bobko
The Sunday morning started with a spiritually uplifting Divine Liturgy led by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Grace Bishop Daniel, priests including Father Zenoviy Zholobak, Father Volodymyr Steliac, and of course the parishes very own Father Vasyl Kryshtompol. The chanters of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary – Mykola Zomchak, Ivan Hukhaniuk, Mykhaylo Bokalo, Yurii Bobko, Ivan Protsak, and a few members of the church choir, sang responses to the petitions of the Divine Liturgy.
His Grace Bishop Daniel deliver a sermon during which he called upon the parishioners of the parish community to live the Spontaneous Orthodox way of life, opening themselves to charitable ministry opportunities in the local parish community as well as in the greater Baltimore Metropolitan area through the simple acts of human touch and ability to care.
Following the liturgy the faithful who were present endured sadness with the 40th Day Memorial Service which was held for Father Anatoliy Dohkvat,a 41 year old priest of a parish community in Millville, NJ who recently reposed in the Lord. It was a sad moment in the church until His Eminence Metropolitan Antony came out to say his uplifting remarks to all those present in the church. His Eminence Metropolitan Antony was happy to see many Parishioners partake in the Holy Eucharist, attributing the spiritual growth of the parish community to the Spiritual guidance of Father Vasyl Kryshtompol.
This day also marked a momentous occasion for Father Vasyl who was elevated to rank of “protopriest” after serving the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for 15 years. Not only was that a great celebration but the Feast Day marked the 31Year Anniversary of Metropolitan Antony’s Hierarchal Service in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
The celebration continued when the clergy and faithful came to join the parish in a beautifully decorated dining hall and lunch. Dobrodiyka Olga Kryshtompol, Alexandra Stryzak and Madelen Melnychenko coordinated the delicious lunch. This occasion was a joyous one not only for the Parish but for all who participated in it. As you walk into St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church you can feel at home because everyone invites you in with open arms and in no time it can feel like a second family.