SAINT SOPHIA UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Seminary Chapel Feast Day Celebration
By Subdeacons Volodymyr Yavorskyy, Ivan Chopko and Volodymyr Sukanets
On Thursday, February 12, 2015 - Three Holy Hierarchs – St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian – Chapel of St. Sophia Seminary was filled with incense and chanting of festal verses as local clergy and faithful joined the faculty and student body of the Seminary to celebrate the Chapel’s Patron Feast Day.
Entering the chapel of the Three Holy hierarchs, Vladyka Daniel was greeted by Subdeacon Ivan Chopko and Seminarian Taras Kaluzhnyy, who presented the hierarch with the traditional bread and salt asking for prayers and blessings. Inside the chapel, Bishop Daniel was greeted by V. Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha, assisted V. Rev. Stephen Hutnick, V. Rev. Theodore Mazur, Rev. Vasyl Pasakas, V. Rev. Yuri Siwko, V. Rev. Myron Oryhon, V. Rev. Volodymyr Muzychka, V. Rev. Mykola Fylyk and Rev. Fr. Vasyl Pasakas.
Responding, the Bishop greeted the faculty, students, guest clergy and faithful on behalf of the Rector of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary His Eminence Metropolitan Antony. He expressed his gratitude to Almighty God for the blessings bestowed upon the Seminary, its seminarians and professors, who invest themselves in securing the future of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in preparing those who will lead parish life as pastors of local parishes.
Attending the celebration were many people from the local community: workers of the Consistory and St. Andrew’s Cemetery, alumni of the Seminary and teachers of the Seminary. The choir was led by V. Rev. Anthony Perkins and V. Rev. Taras Naumenko with the help of seminarians Yurii Bobko, Volodymyr Yavorskyy, Ivan Chopko, Taras Kaluzhnyy and Tadey Surak. Serving in the altar and assisting Vladyka Daniel throughit the entire liturgical service were Subdeacon Volodymyr Sukanets and Seminarian Ihor Protsak.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, V. Rev. Jakiv Norton, who was one of the first students of St. Sophia Seminary and recently recovered from a major illness, spoke about his own priestly ministry.
The liturgical celebration concluded with the melodious chanting of “God grant many years…” to the hierarchs of the Church, her clergy and her faithful.
Following the Liturgy, the participants took part in a splendid luncheon, which was prepared by the seminary’s cook, Mrs. Maria Morozovska.