For Holy Spirit Day, many visiting clergy arrived from all over to participate in the monastery’s feast day. Vladyka was greeted “with glory” at the refectory staircase. Despite being a work-day, the church was filled with pilgrims. Before the Small Entrance, Priest Ephraim Willmarth, the assistant to the seminary dean was awarded the right to wear the kamilavka. Vladyka stated that this is due to his diligent service to the seminary and the Church. We whole-heartedly congratulate Fr. Ephraim and Matushka Joanna for this well-deserved distinction.
At the end of the liturgy, a moleben was served to the Holy Spirit with a procession around the church, stopping at all four corners for the petitions and sprinkling of holy water. Again, at the end of the service, Vladyka invited all to a festal luncheon in the refectory. After the luncheon, all were invited to Vladyka’s quarters for a reception.
According to the Church typicon, the third day of Holy Trinity will also be served by our bishop and monastery clergy. We thank God that we are now able to serve the full feast day the way we have always traditionally observed.