On the First Sunday after Pentecost (May 29th/June 11th) - the Feast of All-Saints who have shone forth throughout all the world, His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius, visited All-Saints Parish in Independence, Ohio, where he celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Serving with His Eminence were Presbyter Sergius Boulter, and Fr. Deacon Peter Bushunow.
All-Saints Parish Presbyter Sergius, was blessed to also have members of the Ascension Parish in Rochester, and the Holy Unmercenaries Parish in Alsip Illinois, make the trip to help with the Liturgy and the Choir. From Rochester, Fr. Deacon Peter, Sub-Deacon Paul, and his daughter Maria, along with Alexei and Symeon Bushunow, helped out with serving the Liturgy and singing, as did Kristina Von Hahnke from Holy Unmercenaries Parish. Also attending were Mother Agapia from the ROCOR-A convent of St Nicholas, and her close friend Deborah, who helped with the singing.
We were blessed to have Metropolitan serve the Liturgy with us, and provide an edifying sermon about the many unknown saints that we all come in contact with in our daily spiritual lives, but will only fully recognize as such when the Lord reveals them to us at His Holy and just Last Judgment.
After the Liturgy we all enjoyed a festive Agape meal in the Trapeza, after which we obtained the Metropolitan's blessing and departed home with the peace and joy of the Holy Eucharist in our souls. Many, many years to our beloved Metropolitan, and peace and God's blessing on our Holy Synod!
Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.
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