On Saturday, August 13th, 2011, Deacon David Mastroberte was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence, Archbishop Antony at St. John's Orthodox Church, Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania. (Photos courtesy of Paňi Vikkie, Subdeacon Jonathan Bannon and Lisa Mastroberte.)
His Eminence, Archbishop Antony was greeted at the doors of the Church by Fr. Robert Teklinski, pastor of St. John's.
Deacon David prays the Entrance Prayers before the Iconostas with Vladyka Antony.
The Great Incensation before the Divine Liturgy.
The clergy in the magnificent interior of St. John's Church.
The clergy receive blessings to enter the altar.
The Incensation following the Little Entrance.
During the Great Entrance, it is customary for the ordinand to receive the vozduch (veil) over his head.
Fr. Edward Pehanich leads Deacon David forward for ordination.
Deacon David venerates the corners of the Holy Table, guided by Fr. Nicholas Ferencz.
Deacon David reverences the hand and epigonation of Archbishop Antony.
Deacon David recites the Profession of Faith and the Priestly Oath.
"Divine grace, which always heals the ill, and fills that which is lacking, ordains David, the God-fearing deacon, to the priesthood. Let us pray for Him that the grace of the Holy Spirit may come upon him, and let us say: Lord, have mercy."
Archbishop Antony reads the prayers of ordination.
During the ordination, Vladyka Antony offered an archpastoral exhortation to Fr. David.
Axios! Archbishop Antony presents the pojas (belt) to Fr. David.
Axios! Archbishop Antony vests Fr. David in the phelon.
Axios! Fr. David receives the pectoral cross.
Axios! Fr. David receives the služebnik (liturgikon).
His Eminence presents Fr. David to the congregation.
Fr. David and his brother priests.
The Communion of the Clergy.
The clergy and faithful heard an inspiring sermon preached by the Archsbishop, underscoring the responsibility that all of the faithful have in supporting and collaborating in the ministry of their priests.
At the conclusion of Liturgy, Archbishop Antony offered a special blessing to Paňi Vikkie.
Archbishop Antony, Fr. David, the concelebrating clergy and guest clergy. In all, 28 clergy were present for the celebration.
Archbishop Antony, Fr. David, concelebrating clergy and guest clergy.
Vladyka Antony, Fr. David, Paňi Vikkie, and Elias (who turned 3 months old on his father's ordination day).