St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey celebrated its 75th Anniversary on December 14 – 15, 2013.
Presiding over the weekend celebration was His Grace Bishop Gregory.
Photos are courtesy of Adam Rogers and Ben Pribish.
Bishop Gregory met with some of the parish youth prior to the Moleben who braved the major winter storm.
Bishop Gregory offered a few words at the conclusion of the Saturday Evening Moleben to St. Nicholas
The clergy and faithful listened intently to His Grace.
Bishop Gregory blesses the food at the fellowship hour which followed the evening service.
Sunday began with the celebration of Divine Liturgy.
Bishop Gregory offered the homily.
The Great Censing during the Cherubic Hymn.
"May the Lord God remember in His Kingdom the ever-memorable founders of this holy Church."
"Let us lift up our hearts!"
"Yours of Your Own, we offer unto You in behalf of all and for all!"
His Grace, Bishop Gregory is joined at the altar by Very Rev. Fr. John Pribish and Fr. Stephen Krivoniak.
Bishop Gregory partakes of the Precious Blood of Our Lord.
"Receive the Body of Christ!"
Bishop Gregory offers the final blessing.
Bishop Gregory addressing the faithful at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy.
The faithful listen intently to His Grace.
His Grace offered words of encouragement to the faithful.
His Grace greets Joseph, the youngest member in attendance.
Bishop Gregory with a recipient of the St. Nicholas Award, Betty Ann Tkach, and her husband Richard.
Bishop Gregory with brothers (left to right) Parish President John J. Pak, Michael Pak, and Bruce Pak
Archon John Halecky, Jr. offered remarks at the Anniversary Grand Banquet.
Archon John Halecky offers the toast.
The parish children made a presentation to His Grace.
Bishop Gregory is presented with flowers.
Bishop Gregory with the parish youth and Miss Jr ACRY, Jessica Pak
Johannah Rogers served as Toastmaster at the event.
Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Fetchina, the Dean of the New Jersey Deanery, offered words of congratulations.
A large number of faithful were in attendance at the banquet.
Very Rev. John Pribish, pastor of St. Nicholas Church, offered reflections on the Parish's75th Anniversary.
Fr. John introduced the guest of honor, St. Nicholas, who made a surprise visit!
"St Nicholas" offers a few words.
Bishop Gregory offers the closing prayer.
St Nicholas greeted each child in attendance, including Abigail, pictured here.
The faithful of St. Nicholas Parish.