Georgian Festal Gathering - 07/08/10

On Thursday, July 8th, the Georgian Community welcomed visiting Archbishop Anton of Vani and the Bagdadi Diocese of the Patriarchate of Georgia  at Ss. Peter & Paul Church.  Along with Father Peter of St. George Church in Philadelphia, a Molieben Service to the Mother of God was served.  Archbishop Anton gave a homily and anointed the people with blessed oil from the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. On behalf of the parish Community of Ss. Peter & Paul, Archpriest James Parsells welcomed Archbishop Anton and  presented to him  an icon of All the Saints of Alaska and an icon of St. Tikhon, Enlightener of North America to Father Peter.  A lenten festal meal was held in the parish center, with wonderful foods and even more wonderful fellowship and conversations.  Archbishop Anton again spoke to all those gathered as well as to individuals.  The festivities lasted well into the night. A blessed event!