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Bishop Michael Celebrates Presanctified Liturgy in East Meadow

East Meadow, NY – His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey celebrated the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts here, on Wednesday, March 7. The visit was His Grace’s second to Holy Trinity since becoming the diocesan hierarch.

“It was a joy to have our archpastor with us,” said Father Martin Kraus, rector, “Each opportunity to worship with him and receive his spiritual guidance, especially during Great Lent, is a blessing for myself and our parishioners.”

At the conclusion of the Presanctified Liturgy, His Grace greeted those in attendance, sharing a brief homily about the importance of repentance through the sacrament of confession, “The church offers us this opportunity to root out our sins, with the assistance and guidance of a spiritual father to help us draw closer to God.”

Following the veneration of the cross a pot-luck Lenten meal was served in the church hall, where parishioners had the opportunity to chat with His Grace, and ask questions during an informal Q&A session.

Concelebrating with His Grace, Bishop Michael were Father Martin Kraus, Father Charles Baz, of St. John Orthodox Church, Levittown, NY, Father Steven Voytovich, and Deacon John Diamantis. The parish choir was led by Dr. Nicholas Reeves.

Bishop Michael noted that he is looking forward to coming back to Holy Trinity for the great feast of Pentecost, when the parish will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the current church, which was built in 1962. His Grace will celebrate the festal vigil and a hierarchical divine liturgy, and attend the banquet which is being planned. It is expected that many former clergy, choir directors, and other local guests will join Bishop Michael for the celebration.

Photos of the archpastoral visit are available here.

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