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Theophany Celebrations with Bishop Michael

January 6, 2012

On January 5 and 6, 2012, St. Andrew Church in Dix Hills was blessed with a visit from His Grace Bishop Michael, for the feast of Holy Theophany. The visit begin on Thursday evening with the festal Great Vespers and Great Blessing of Water, and continued into Friday with the Divine Liturgy and a festive meal. His Grace concelebrated the services with Archpriest John Klingel, rector, and a good contingent of parishioners who admirably made the effort to take off work and school to participate in the feast.

(Photos of the blessing can be seen here.)

The feeling of festal joy was palpable as the hymns of Theophany were sung in the candlelit church; as His Grace blessed the temple and parish hall; and as the parishioners prayerfully greeted their archpastor and drank deeply of the newly-blessed waters. All appreciated the time Vladyka spent with the parish, manifesting the episcopal ministry through his prayer, teaching, encouragement, and fellowship, and especially on this, the Great Feast of Theophany.

Christ is Baptized! In the Jordan!

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