Metropolitan's Service, October 2015

On Saturday October 24th, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad has paid an archpastoral visit to the Holy Trinity Church in Mebane, NC. At the Divine Liturgy His Eminence has been co-celebrated with the parish rector hiermonk Gabriel (Kvasnikov), rector of the Charlotte parish archpriest Alexander Logunov, priest Alexander Stepanenko and deacon Dionisy Lvov. During the service of the hours, the parish acolyte Vladimir Breadshaw has been ordained a reader. At the small entrance, according to the decision of the synod of bishops, archpriest Alexander Logunov has received his next liturgical award: epigonation (palitza). At the completion of the Eucharistic Canon, a cleric of the parish in Charlotte Ioann Makarov has been ordained a deacon. The service has been accompanied by pious chanting of the parish choir directed by reader Andrei Semianko. The parishioners have prepared a picnic, which the head of the Russian Church Abroad has used to discuss the current issues of the orthodox life in the South of the USA.