Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Forty years of hope were confirmed in a weekend of grace, joy and community. Hundreds of faithful gathered at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral in Parma, Ohio, June 26-28, to celebrate 40 years of hope in our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.
The faithful shared their particular parish history through creative displays. We also had a display and made fresh lemonade in the hope to raise a little income, but even more, to refresh those present and make known the hope and presence of our future monastery. A soft-serve ice cream machine was also donated which helped to enhance our humble enterprise. All in all it was an enjoyable success.
There were activities for all age groups as well as various liturgical services throughout the weekend. The climatic highlight was the beautiful, outdoor hierarchial Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop John Kudrick. Metropolitan Basil Schott of the Metropolia of Pittsburgh presided and Metropolitan Nicholas of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of Johnstown, Pennsylvania attended. Other bishops from the Metropolia and Roman Catholic bishops were also present. The magnificent white tent enveloped an impressive temporary iconostas and more than 800 people who sang in praise with one voice and soul.
The entire event created an intense anticipation of greater hope for the future. We praise and thank Christ Jesus our Bridegroom for the past 40 years and rely in His love and benevolent wisdom in a future overflowing with hope. God is with us!