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SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]

After celebrating the fullness of services of Clean Week, St. Tikhon’s Seminary Mission Choir visited Ohio during the first weekend of Great Lent.   Please visit the three photo slideshows chronicling the weekend’s events.

On Saturday evening, the choir, with Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, visited St. Nicholas Orthodox Chruch in Mogadore, Ohio.  Archpriest Nicholas Wyslutsky, parish rector, serves as a member of the Seminary’s Alumni Association.   After singing the responses for Great Vespers, the congregation and mission choir together enjoyed an evening meal in the church hall.  The choir offered a brief program of liturgical music during the dinner.  Fr. Steven thanked Fr. Nicholas for his hospitality, and his continued service with the Alumni Association.

On Sunday morning the mission choir visited St. Andrew Church, in Maple Heights.  Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan serves as a member of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees.  Fr. Steven preached the homily and again thanked the parish for their many years of financial support of the seminary.  Paul Kappanadze directed the mission choir for the Divine Liturgy.

Sunday afternoon the choir visited Presentation of our Lord Orthodox Church (Romanian Episcopate) in Fairlawn, Ohio, for Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.  Clergy and faithful came together from many neighboring parishes.  Fr. Silviu Bunta, a member of the faculty of the University of Dayton offered the homily.  Proceeds from the collection was targeted to St. Tikhon’s Seminary.  Fr. Steven spoke of the pastoral formation ongoing at the seminary as Vespers ended.  An evening lenten meal was served for all attending Vespers.

May God bless all those who made contributions during the course of the weekend to support the work of pastoral formation at the seminary!