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My beloved Christians,

Tonight, we sang with unspeakable joy to the Great Virgin-Martyr:

Παρασκευή, νύμφη τοῦ Παντάνακτος, σκεῦος τοῦ Πνεύματος.

Paraskevi, bride of the King of All, and vessel of the Spirit.*

As I look around and behold you – the faithful of this wonderful parish in Greenlawn, together with your sisters and brothers from around Long Island – I sense the spirit of elation and gladness that would accompany any wedding.