Archbishop Nicolae visits Christ the Saviour in Ottawa, Canada
With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, Christ The Saviour Orthodox Church of Ottowa, Canada received a special visit from His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae, Ruling Hierarch of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Archbishop Nicolae presided over a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Archbishop Nicolae brought the parish a gift of icons containing the relics of two saints: St. Leontie of Radauti and St. John the New of Suceava. Both of these saints are from the Bucovina region, the ancestral home of the founders of Christ the Saviour Parish.
The parish was filled with joy to receive these icons in this 100th anniversary year of their parish.
His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae, upon his arrival at Christ the Saviour Church.
Archbishop Nicolae flanked by local and visiting clergy at the beginning of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
Blessing with trikiri and dikiri.
Archbishop Nicolae blesses the faithful at the conclusion of the Gospel Reading.
Archbishop Nicolae was assisted by Reverend Deacon Michael Laliberte of Christ the Saviour Parish.
"O God Save Your People and Bless Your Inheritance!"
Giving the final Blessing.
The Reverend Father Grigorie with the icon of St. Leontie of Radauti containing a relic of the saint.
There is an icon of St. Leontie on the inside of the church sanctuary.
The Very Reverend Protopresbyter Father Maxym Lysack with the new icon of St. John of Suceava, containing a relic of the saint.
Father Maxym describing the amazing story of how these icons and relics came from Romania to Canada.
Archbishop Nicolae with concelebrating clergy,