Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission in Crawfordsville, Indiana celebrated the consecration of their newly constructed church on the weekend of November 6-7, 2010 which was presided over by His Grace, Bishop Daniel of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA , on behalf of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas.
The festivities began with the celebration of Great Vespers and Litya on Saturday Evening, which was followed by a Fellowship meal in the parish hall. Sunday Morning began with the celebration of the Consecration of the Church which was followed by Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and a celebratory banquet.
The posted photos, courtesy of Toni Milak show scenes from Saturday Evening's Great Vespers and Fellowship Hour.
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The holy relics of St. Athanasios of the Kiev Caves, brought by His Grace Bishop Daniel, sits expectantly in front of the iconostasis of Holy Transfiguration Church Saturday evening. These relics will be placed permanently in the altar table during Sunday’s consecration service.
Christopher Coyne,representing the parish council of Holy Transfiguration Church, officially greets Bishop Daniel before Vespers at the entrance of the church. He thanks His Grace for coming, on behalf of Metropolitan Nicholas, to perform the consecration
Fr. Alexis Miller, pastor of Holy Transfiguration, and Fr. Jerome Sanderson, who was commissioned to write several icons and carve the bishop’s throne, also greeted His Grace
Fr. Joel Weir, of St. Stephen’s church (OCA)in Crawfordsville, joined the Holy Transfiguration community in celebrating Vespers and a Litya Saturday evening.
Vespers on the eve of the church’s consecration
The icon of the Holy Transfiguration as well as the Panagia Platytera (of the Virgin Mary) were commissioned and installed in anticipation of the consecration, by the hand of Fr. Jerome Sanderson.
Isaac Miller, Fr. Alexis’s youngest son, lights the candles during Vespers
Bishop Daniel celebrates Vespers with the parish of Holy Transfiguration. The icon of St. John Maximovich of San Francisco was completed at the same time as the Holy Transfiguration icon, by Fr. Jerome Sanderson. St. John is the church’s patron saint.
Fr. Samuel Sherry, dean of the Chicago deanery, travelled from the north suburbs of Chicago to celebrate the weekend’s services with the Holy Transfiguration parish.
His Grace celebrates a litya at the conclusion of Vespers on the eve of the church’s consecration.
His Grace Bishop Daniel helps Fr. Alexis’s daughter Lucy in the buffet line after services Saturday evening.