Feast Day of St. Demetrius the Myrrh-Streamer

On Thursday, October 26/November 8, 2013, the feast day of the Great-Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-Streamer was celebrated in a Vigil service at Holy Ascension Monastery in Bearsville, New York, and His Grace, Bishop Demetrius of Boston and New England, celebrated his name day.

Below, please find pictures of the feast at the Monastery. Many years to His Grace, Bishop Demetrius!

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