Silver Jubilee of Diaconal Ordination of Protodeacon John Youhas
On Sunday April 18, 2010, His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas made a pastoral visitation to St. John the Baptist Church in Ambridge, PA to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Protodeacon John Youhas to the Deaconate. Deacon John was His Eminence's first ordination to the Diaconate after being consecrated Bishop.
The posted photos show scenes from the Jubilee Liturgy.
Metropolitan Nicholas is greeted prior to the start of the Divine Liturgy with the traditional gifts of bread and salt.
Host Pastor, Very Rev. Robert Prepelka welcomes Metropolitan Nicholas to the parish and presents him with the hand cross.
"Lord, Lord Look Down From Heaven and See and Visit this Vinyard Which Your Right Hand Has Planted and Establish it!"
Metropolitan Nicholas prepares to begin the Hierarchichal Divine Liturgy
The members of Protodeacon John Youhas' family who were in attendance for the Jubilee Liturgy.
Protodeacon John Proclaims the Gospel.
The washing of the hands...
"Receive the Body of Christ!"
O God, Save Your People and Bless Your Inheritance, Christ is Risen!
His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas honors long time parishioner and steadfast supporter of the diocese, Mrs. Eleanor Dussling who donated the cost of inlaid Byzantine double-headed eagle mosaic which was recently installed on the Solea Floor.
Mrs Eleanor Dussling is congratulated by her pastor.
"Grant O Lord a Prosperous and Peaceful Life... To Your Servant, Our Jubilarian, Protodeacon John..."
Metropolitan Nicholas congratulates Protodeacon John on reaching the Silver Jubillee of ordination to the Holy Diaconate.