In March of the year of our Lord 1929 Saint Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Scranton Pennsylvania was established. A group of devoted men and women who wanted to preserve their faith and heritage, formed a place of worship where they would glorify our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ for many years to come. These men and women gave of themselves by their hard work and by donating what little they had.
By the Grace of God, 90 years and generations later the parishioners of St. Michaels still come to worship at the beautiful church building built by their families before them.
On a sunny but brisk morning, November 23, 2019, the parish family, friends and neighbors of St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Scranton, PA, gathered together to celebrate the Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers and to mark 90 years of glorifying our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
It was with great joy that we welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Daniel to celebrate this wonderful occasion. His Eminence was greeted by parish president Helenmarie Olecki, Agitha Harendza, representing the youth of the parish and then by Fr. Philip Harendza, pastor of St. Michael's.
Among the clergy that concelebrated with His Eminence, were Protopresbyter Myron Oryhon, Hiromonk Sophroniy, Fr. Philip Harendza and Dn. Sviatoslav Hot. The Divine Liturgy was sung by seminarians of St. Sophia's Seminary. After hierarchical Divine Liturgy Vladyka Daniel awarded Protopresbyter Nestor Kowal and three parishioners that deserve great honor with St. Andrew Centennial Award: John Roditski, Margaret Roditski, and Joseph Buchma who will be 100 years on November 26.
The celebration continued with a brunch catered by Paul Warnas and staff at the 6East Dinner and Banquet Center. During the serving of Hors D'oeuvres, Bill Roditski entertained with playing some Ukrainian songs on his accordion. Others reflected on different stories of history and parish life throughout the years. Rachel Harendza performed and sang for all in attendance. Finally the Seminarians of St Sophia sang a Ukrainian folk song and ended with a closing prayer.
It was an uplifting and prayerful day for all in attendance. And we are grateful for all of the Lords blessings that He has bestowed upon St. Michael's Parish in Scranton, PA. We thank His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, the clergy, the Seminarians, and all our guests, who came to celebrate with us on this beautiful and glorious day.
Photos by Subdeacon Yaroslav Bilohan and Seminarian Andrii Vatrych