On the very day of the feast our Dean, Protopriest Victor Potapov, rector of our neighboring church in Washington, also arrived to take part in the service. During the Liturgy the Metropolitan gave out two greatly merited awards: our rector’s son, Ion Jr., was awarded an orarion for his many years of devoted and selfless service in the altar, while Father Ion himself was awarded a gold cross with decorations for all his diligent efforts and 25 years of service in the Church of Christ. At the end of the Liturgy church gramotas were handed out to a number of builders and benefactors of our new church.
After the end of the service, through the caring efforts of Matushka Viorica Barbus and our sisterhood, our prominent guests and all the faithful were offered an abundant and delicious Lenten lunch. During the lunch the parishioners honored their rector and congratulated him upon his well-earned reward.
We warmly thank dear Metropolitan Hilarion for coming and serving so festively in our renewed church on the very day of our patronal feast. The joy of this feast has left an indelible impression upon the hearts of all the faithful.