Historic Visitation of Bishop Peter
Historic Visitation of Bishop Peter

Sunday, December 9, 2007

On Sunday, December 9th, Bishop Peter of Cleveland (ROCOR) celebrated Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Ss. Peter & Paul Church (OCA) in Manville, New Jersey. This joyous and historic celebration manifested the new-found unity of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the Orthodox Church in America, made possible by the re-unification of the Russian Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate.

This was the first time a hierarch of the ROCOR has served the Divine Liturgy in an OCA parish since the granting of Autocephaly to the Russian Metropolia in 1970. Records might indicate that there has been no such celebration since the time of the Cleveland Sobor of 1946.

Archpriest David Straut and his parishioners of St. Elizabeth Russian Orthodox Church in nearby Rocky Hill, united with Archpriest James Parsells and his flock for this historic celebration. With the blessing of Metropolitan Herman, Bishop Peter elevated Deacon Paul Sokol of Ss. Peter & Paul Church to the rank of Protodeacon. A festal meal and fellowship was held in the Parish Center after the divine service.

His Grace, Bishop Peter expressed his hope that this celebration would be the beginning of further expressions of liturgical and canonical unity of our churches here in America. A blessed day. Thanks be to God!

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