The Great Lenten Retreat of the Southern Deanery of the Eastern American Diocese concludes

On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, the Great Lenten Retreat for clergy of the southern deaneries of the Eastern American Diocese concluded with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in St Mary of Egypt Church in Roswell (Atlanta), GA.

After the Hours and Typica, the more than 50 priests and deacons assembled to greet His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America and New York. Praying in the altar was His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen).

At the Little Entrance, by the decree of the Synod of Bishops, Priest Gabriel Weller (Rector of Holy Myrrh-bearers Church in Mount Crawford, VA) was elevated to the rank of archpriest for his dedicated service to the Holy Church.

To the joy of the clergy and parishioners, the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God was present for the duration of the retreat and divine services.

The parish choir prayerfully adorned the service. Despite its being a workday, many faithful came and received Christ’s Holy Mysteries.

At the conclusion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Nicholas delivered a sermon, during which he reminded the clergy and faithful returning home to their parishes to remain steadfast in faith, especially for the duration of Great Lent. He expressed his sincere gratitude to parish rector Archimandrite John (Townsend) and the parish for their generous hospitality.

A group photograph was taken, after which all gathered for a farewell lenten luncheon on the church portico.


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