PERTH AMBOY — Bishop Gregory of Nyssa has begun a series of archpastoral visits in the New York and New Jersey region of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. last weekend, beginning with St. John the Baptist Parish in Perth Amboy.
On Saturday, March 23, Bishop Gregory met with the youth of the New Jersey Deanery at St. John The Baptist Parish Center. The afternoon gathering included a powerpoint presentation about the Summer Camping Program at Camp Nazareth, led by Rachel Delcher of St. John’s Parish.
Bishop Gregory then engaged the youth in an open forum discussion, patiently fielding questions from even the youngest of the 50 youth in attendance. Following a pasta supper, His Grace presided over Vespers, which was celebrated by Fr. Michael Rosco, the host pastor and Protodeacon Gregory Benc. At the end of the Vespers Service, Bishop Gregory offered a few brief words of spiritual encouragement to the youth in attendance who then departed to their homes to quietly prepare for the next day’s Divine Liturgy.
Sunday morning saw a large group of parish faithful in attendance for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by Bishop Gregory. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, a procession with icons took place with the His Grace, the concelebrating clergy and the parish youth. A lenten brunch followed in the parish center.
The day ended with the celebration of Pan-Orthodox Vespers for the Triumph of Orthodoxy at which more than 25 clergy and 450 faithful were in attendance. Bishop Gregory presided over the Vespers and preached a homily.
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