Archbishop Mark Visits CTS - 03/29/15

On Friday, March 27th His Eminence led our faithful in singing the beautiful Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God, and also offered his congratulations to Fr. Daniel Ressetar who celebrated his 88th birthday.

On Saturday, March 28th the local clergy and their families enjoyed brunch with Archbishop Mark. It was encouraging to strengthen one another in our common struggle, and to share stories about our trials, God's mercy, and the many blessings that come when serving Him!

Later the same afternoon, His Eminence met with our parish council. Each member had the opportunity to share about themselves, and how they serve our parish in their ministry as a council member. Archbishop Mark also shared about his life, as well as his vision for our parish councils. In the evening, following the Vespers service he spent time with the choir as they practiced for the upcoming services of Holy Week and Pascha.

On Sunday, March 29th, His Eminence led the clergy and faithful at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the 5th Sunday of Lent. We also welcomed Protodeacon Gregory Moser from St. Mark Orthodox Church in Wrightstown, PA. The Liturgy was glorious! A special thanks to  the choir who sang so beautifully, and to the servers who assisted in the service! Following the Liturgy Archbishop Mark spent  time with our parish teens, who asked questions and listened to the loving and pastoral guidance of their bishop. Finally, Archbishop Mark spent some time with our inquirers and catechumens as we discussed our final section of "Orthodoxy 101", which dealt with the Mystery of Death and the Funeral Service!

Glory to God for all things! May He bless, preserve, and strengthen our archpastor in his labors to our Diocese. Eis Polla Eti Dhespota! Many years, O master!