On October 31, the Holy Church commemorates the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. This is the namesday of Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Luke of Syracuse, who served as abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery and rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY.
This year, His Grace celebrated his first namesday as a bishop. With great joy, the brotherhood, seminary professors, seminarians, and many neighbors and pilgrims came together to celebrate this feast day together with their beloved archpastor.
After the usual services of Vespers and Matins the afternoon before, Bishop Luke celebrated hierarchal Divine Liturgy, following the Midnight Office, at 6AM. Liturgy was completed with a small moleben and the traditional Many Years. Vladyka gave the Cross to all those assembled.
His Grace treated all to a bountiful lunch at noon. At the end of the meal, Abbot Theophylact (Clapper-DeWell), on behalf of the brotherhood and the seminary, congratulated Bishop Luke with his first namesday as a bishop, and expressed the desire that the Lord strengthen him in his multifaceted obediences as abbot, rector, and spiritual father.
These days, it is not easy to be a true Orthodox bishop. His Grace spends countless hours in all the appointed church services, being a guide to both the monastics and the seminary professors and seminarians, himself teaching in the seminary, serving all the feast day services besides serving as a priest during frequent services in English for the growing English speaking community, and finding the time to counsel all of the local residents, besides our many neighbors and pilgrims. Bishop Luke continues in the tradition of previous abbots, directing the community with simplicity, with spiritual strictness, but full of Christian love.
Jordanville, NY: Bishop Luke celebrates Namesday at Holy Trinity Monastery - 10/31/19