On Wednesday the 6th and Thursday the 7th of July, the feast of the Nativity of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptizer of the Lord John, His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, paid an archpastoral visit to St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, PA, where he officiated the divine services for the parish’s patronal feast day.
Serving alongside His Grace at the All-Night Vigil on Wednesday evening were: Archpriests John Sorochka (cathedral rector), David Hritcko (rector of St. Basil Church in Simpson, PA), and Basil Micek (rector of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Scranton, PA), Priests Vincent Dranginis (rector of St. Stephen Church in Old Forge, PA) and George Sharonoff (rector of St. John the Wonderworker Mission in Lewisburg, PA), Protodeacon Gregory Petrochko (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church in Richmond, ME), and Deacons Nathaniel Sorochka (cathedral cleric) and Dimitri Krenitsky (cleric of Holy Protection Skete in Buena, NJ).
The above-mentioned clergy concelebrated at Divine Liturgy the following morning, joined by Protodeacon Steven Howanetz (cathedral cleric) and Deacon Paul Siewers (cleric of St. John the Wonderworker Mission). Praying in the altar at both services was Hieromonk Claude (Vinyard; retired).
At the Sixth Hour on Thursday morning, cathedral acolyte Dimitri Sorochka was tonsured a reader.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Bishop Nicholas addressed the gathered faithful with a sermon on St. John the Baptist – the greatest of the prophets and the connection between the Old and New Testaments. He then thanked Fr. John and the parish for their invitation and joint prayers.
After the service, a luncheon was served for all.