This month will mark the ordination to the Holy Diaconate of Dr. John Karvelas at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, and the 25th anniversary of Metropolitan Yuri (Kalistchuk) service as a bishop.
Although these events don’t directly have anything to do with the day to day life of our little parish, they bear witness to the work of the Holy Spirit, who raises up those for service to the Body of Christ, and conveys the universality of the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3).
Dr. John and Metropolitan Yuri, might not ever serve at St. Nicholas (although it would be our blessing if they did), or ever have direct contact with many of us. But they both stand with all of us; whether we be layity, priests, deacons, bishops for the same Lord Jesus Christ. They both serve the same body of Jesus Christ, the Church with us. And they both bear witness to a Lord who comes to save each and every one of us.
May the Lord bless Dr. John, and his beautiful family, with the strength to serve and love, as witnessed by St. Stephen the first Deacon, for many years.
May the Lord bless his Eminence Metropolitan Yuri for his 25 years of service as a bishop, the Icon of the Lord working and saving in our midst, and grant him many more years!
And may the Lord bless each of us as we also serve each other in and for the glory of God, who came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mk. 10:45)