Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a small parish community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA with the history of over 92 years of spiritual ministry among the faithful of Ukrainian and Slavic descent in Johnstown, PA Metropolitan area.
On January 5, 2020 – Sunday Before Nativity of our Lord, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel visited the parish family in Johnstown for the Eucharist celebration. In his sermon remarks to the congregation and the pastor of the parish community Fr. Mark Phillips, Vladyka reflected on the Genealogy of Christ, asking the congregation to look carefully into the names of the family members of the Savior, while trying to identify themselves with the family of Christ.
"It's a message in the picture that the Bible paints for us this morning, a picture which includes you. Look carefully, you may see your face somewhere in one of the corners, or somewhere in the background.
I don't know if you can see that it is a picture. A portrait actually. It is a portrait of the family of Jesus Christ. Parents, grandparents - all his ancestors right back to Abraham. 3 groups of 14 names here, and with those people come their stories, stories that are told in earlier chapters of the Bible - plainly told, nothing held back…"
During the Litany of Fervent Supplication, His Eminence chanted special petitions for the wellbeing of the members of the US Armed Forces in the Middle East and throughout the world.
Following the conclusion of the Liturgy, Archbishop led a formal parish meeting of the congregation, addressing vital pastoral issues in the life of the community.