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Ordination to Deaconate of Subdeacon Adrian Mazur at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City!
On Meatfare Sunday - March 6, 2016 - a wonderful event took place in the life of the student body of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ. Faithful of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA gathered together at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, NY to witness the ordination of a recent graduate of St. Sophia Seminary Subdeacon Adrian Mazur to Deaconate.
The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA and the Dean of Students of the Seminary, along with a number of clergy from the surrounding NY/NJ/PA. Responses were sung by the student body of St. Sophia Seminary along with members of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral choir, under the leadership of Maestro Slavko Kosiv.
At the beginning of the liturgical service, His Grace Bishop Daniel was greeted by the pastor of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Very Reverend Todor Mazur, who is also a father of Subdeacon Adrian.
The journey to Subdeacon Adrian’s ordination began years ago when seminarian Adrian began his theological studies in South Bound Brook, NJ. Five years ago, Adrian joined the seminary where his studies continually brought him closer to being found worthy of the Deaconate, as was written in St. Paul's letter. Bishop Daniel, in his sermon, also reflected on Adrian’s personal journey to Sunday's celebration. As St. Paul spoke of the qualities of the deacon, he did not neglect to mention their wives; as Adrian prepared himself for this day, his wife Vasylyna stood faithfully beside him supporting him: "...likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things".
As Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay (of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH) exclaimed: “Command!” Subdeacon Adrian was brought forth by his fellow classmates seminarians Subdeacons Volodymyr Yavorskyi and Ivan Tchopko. Bowing down before Christ three times, Adrian humbly presented himself before Bishop Daniel for the laying on of the hands. Through the laying on of hands and the prayers of ordination, the same Grace of the Holy Spirit came upon him as it did on the day of Pentecost in the presence of the Apostles. In unison, the congregation too found Deacon Adrian worthy, repeating after the bishop and the clergy: Axios!
The liturgy concluded with greetings from His Grace Bishop Daniel, as the newly ordained Deacon Adrian addressed the faithful and clergy present. The new deacon was grateful to his ordaining bishop that through the laying of the hands, he now follows the Apostolic Succession, and can now participate in the same Priesthood as his father who with tars in his eyes witnessed his son making the very first exclamation of the final litany of the Divine Liturgy. Deacon Adrian offered his prayerful gratitude to Bishop Daniel for his parental guidance throughout the years of theological training and promised to serve the Lord, being humbly obedient to the guidance of his ordaining bishop.
After the liturgy, the clergy and guests were able to greet the newly ordained deacon and his wife during a luncheon prepared at Holy Trinity’s parish hall. His fellow seminarians had the opportunity to greet the newly ordained Deacon Adrian with prayers for all the virtues needed to serve in Christ’s Holy Vineyard.