Mission Feast Day Liturgy & Lunch
The Saint Patrick Orthodox Mission celebrated its first feast day on Saturday 2 April (n.s.) at Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Wayville.
It was with a spirit of great joy and thanksgiving that worshippers gathered for Matins on the Friday evening, and again to celebrate the Holy Mysteries at the Divine Liturgy on the Saturday morning.
The Divine Liturgy was concelebrated by the Vicar General of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese, the Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Michael Protopopov, together with: Archpriest Vladimir Deduhin, Rector of Saint Nicholas Church; Abbot Benjamin and Hieromonk Nicholas from the Prophet Elias Monastery, Monarto; Archimandrite Silouan from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Nektarios, Croydon; Father Nicolas Haddadfrom Saint Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church; Hieromonk Kyril and Deacon Emil Mishriky from Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission, East Brunswick, Victoria; Father Barnabas Jellings and Deacon Daniel Jellings from Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr Mission, O’Halloran Hill; and Father Peter Hill, Rector of Saint Patrick Mission.
In addressing the congregation, Father Michael spoke of the Mission as a new candle light of the fullness of Orthodoxy reaching out to the Adelaide community. His words and the impressive gathering of clergy had a deep effect upon the prayerful congregation and gave added encouragement to the members of the Mission to face the challenges of establishing this new work.
Following Divine Liturgy the clergy and about fifty guests enjoyed a wonderful Lenten buffet prepared by the women of the Mission.