20th Anniversary and Patronal Feast • Mechanicsburg, PA

Holy Apostles visited by His Eminence, Archbishop Mark for 20th Anniversary Celebration - 06/30/2024


On Sunday, June 30, the Feast of the Holy Apostles, His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania presided over the festal services at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the parish.

The night before, Great Vespers and Litiya were served. Serving the festal service was Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Rector of Holy Apostles Church, the Mitered-Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Ilija Balach, Archpriest Stephen Vernak, and Protodeacon Peter Skoog. Communities from Local Orthodox parishes came to support the Parish of Holy Apostles on their Patronal Feastday. A meal was held following the service in the Church hall.

The following day the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served. Serving with His Eminence, Archbishop Mark were Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, the Mitered Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, the Mitered Archpriest Daniel Kovalak, Protopresbyter Joseph Fester and Protodeacon Peter Skoog.

His Eminence offered the homily, emphasizing the fact that if we desire to be godly we will suffer. He explained how the patrons of the community in Mechanicsburg suffered for Christ's sake so we must follow their examples.

Following the Liturgy, His Eminence offered some words of gratitude and appreciation for the parish reaching 20 years as a church. His Eminence presented the parish with a synodal gramota signed by all the members of the Holy Synod. The parish then gifted His Eminence a walking staff in honor of his birthday (June 22nd). The parish then presented His Eminence with a check for St. Tikhon's Summer Camp to help with paying for campers to attend.

The graduates of the parish were then honored. Following the veneration of the cross a festal meal was held in the hall.

Glory to God for all things!

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