On Sunday February 9, 2014, Seminarian Joseph Birthisel was ordained to the orders of Reader, Sub-deacon and Deacon through the Laying-On-Of-Hands by His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa.
The ordination took place at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, PA.
A reception took place in honor of Fr. Deacon Joseph in the Cathedral Auditorium.
Photos are courtesy of Nicholas Bocher and Susan Kalcik.
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Seminarian Joseph Birthisel is led by Deacon William George and Subdeacon Michael Vaporis to the Episcopal Throne for ordination to the Order of Reader.
The prayer at the Tonsure.
The Ordination to the rank of Sub-deacon.
Subdeacon Joseph awaits his ordination to the Holy Diaconate.
His Grace, Bishop Gregory offers the homily.
Deacon Joseph offers a few words of thanksgiving prior to his ordination as Deacon.
"O Holy Martyrs......." The candidate for ordination is led around the Altar Table.
"The Grace Divine that fills that which is lacking, ordains the pious Subdeacon Joseph to the Holy Diaconate...."
Deacon Joseph is vested in the Dalmatic.
Deacon Joseph is presented with the orarion.
Bishop Gregory places the diaconal cuffs on Deacon Joseph.
AXIOS! AXIOS! AXIOS! He Is Worthy!
Deacon Joseph intones the Litany of Supplication.
"The warmth of the Faith... full of the Holy Spirit..."
"Wash away the sins of all of those remembered on this Paten...."
His Grace Bishop Gregory with the newly ordained Deacon Joseph and co-celebrating Clergy.
Fr. Deacon Joseph with the members of his family and co-celebrating clergy.
Enjoying fellowship with Bishop Gregory.
Fr. Deacon Joseph greets members of the Cathedral Parish.
No festive occasion is complete without a cake!