Archbishop Daniel Consecrates the Renewed Altar at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Manhattan, NY
A parish building with a history of about 200 years was a place of spiritually uplifting weekend celebration of the Third Sunday After Pentecost, the feast day of St. Onufriy the Great as well as the observance of parish Feast Day of All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New York City, NY.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and upon the parish’s invitation, Archbishop Daniel led the liturgical prayer services of the weekend. Noteworthy was a blessing of the newly renewed altar and refurbished floor of the sanctuary space of All Saints Parish.
Very Rev. Fr. Vitaliy Pavlykivsky, who was recently appointed as a pastor of the parish family, led a month long repair process with the help of the entire community, but especially through the efforts of Petro Plisak, the chairperson of the board of administration and Very Rev. Fr. Mykola Andrushkiv.
His Eminence Archbishop Daniel reinstalled the relics of Holy Great-Martyr Barbara into the renewed altar and rededicated the sacred space of the parish’s temple. As the hierarch entered the church, the children presented Vladyka with flowers; the representatives of the parish’s Sisterhood and Board of Administration offered bread and salt; while Fr. Vitaliy, for the very first time as a pastor, greeted Vladyka at the threshold of the temple. Welcoming the archpastor, the faithful and choir chanted prayerful hymns under the leadership of Pani Stephanie Kulyk.
Concelebrating Archbishop Daniel were Very Rev. Fr. Vitaliy Pavlyskivsky, pastor of All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox parish, Very Rev. Fr. Andrei Kulyk – pastor-emeritus of the parish, Very Rev. Fr. George Bazylevsky, Rev. Fr. Ihor Melnyk and Deacon Ivan Tchopko.
In his inspirational sermon, following the Sunday’s Gospel narrative, Vladyka reflected upon the notion of spiritual blindness and our constant need for “sharper” vision of our Christian vocation.
Numerous faithful approached the chalice to receive the Holy Eucharist. About 150 people approached the hierarch for a personal moment of prayer at the end of the service, while veneration the cross and receiving memorial icon cards from the archbishop.
The day continued with the celebratory luncheon in honor of Vladyka Daniel. Children and adults, professionals and armatures shared their talents in a prayerful Holy Apostles Lenten concert, while reciting poetry and offering religiously themed songs under the masterful leadership of Veronika Plisak and Pani Alexandra Pavlykivsky.
As His Eminence prepared for departure, in the late hours of the afternoon, those that were still in attendance followed the archbishop outside for a friendly parish photo on the front steps of the church.
Photos and text by Seminarian Hryhorii Matviiv