On Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th of December, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, paid an archpastoral visit to Daytona Beach, FL, where he led the patronal feast day of St. Andrew the First-Called Church located therein.
On Tuesday evening, parish rector Archpriest Andrey Pastukh led the All-Night Vigil, co-served by Protodeacon Paul Drozdowski (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, accompanying His Grace), and parish Deacon Vasil Balbay. Bishop Nicholas prayed in the altar.
The following morning, His Grace was greeted at the entrance to the church by Fr. Andrey, who thanked the diocesan vicar for the joy of his archpastoral visit. Bishop Nicholas then celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by the above-named clergy.
Prior to the start of Liturgy, parish acolyte Sergey Prikhodko was awarded the right to wear the orarion. At the Little Entrance, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, Fr. Vasil was awarded the right to wear the double orarion.
Upon completion of the service, Bishop Nicholas congratulated the clergy and faithful with their parish feast day, and on behalf of himself and Metropolitan Hilarion presented Fr. Andrey with a "treby" vestment set (epitrachelion and cuffs).
The protodeacon intoned the Polychronion, and a bountiful luncheon was held after Liturgy in a hall adjacent to the church.
Daytona Beach, FL: Bishop Nicholas leads Patronal Feast of St. Andrew’s Church - 12/13/17