The year 2013 celebrated the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, as the 5th Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
This year, on January 26, 2020, the 7th anniversary of the Enthronement of Metropolitan Antony was celebrated at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, NY where Eucharistic Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving was served on this occasion. It was presided over by Metropolitan Antony, who celebrated together with Archbishop Daniel and the members of the clergy from NY Metropolitan area.
In the conclusion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Antony was congratulated by Archbishop Daniel, Very Rev. Fr. Todor Mazur (pastor of Holy Trinity UOC Cathedral), Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Muzychka (pastor of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in NY City), Very Rev. Fr. Vitaliy Pavlykivsky (pastor of All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox parish in NY City), Rev. Fr. Orest Poukhalskyy (pastor of Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Glen Spay, NY), parishioners of all NY Metropolitan area parishes and received lots of wishes and flower bouquets by the youth and the faithful, etc.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the clergy, faithful and the choir – all in unison chanted GOD GRANT YOU MANY YEARS, honoring their spiritual father.
Responding to the words of greetings and prayerful chants, Vladyka Metropolitan Antony thanked his spiritual family for the daily prayers and their presence in his life, as he continues to faithfully serve our Lord’s flock.
While at the Cathedral’s Hall, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and those in attendance were treated to a festive luncheon, prepared by the ladies of the cathedral community. Very Rev. Fr. Todor Mazur served as Master of Ceremonies, and by welcoming everyone in attendance Fr. Todor shared a biographical sketch of Metropolitan’s life path. Once a deliciously prepared lunch was served, the entire congregation was treated to several performances, among which was a Christmas Play – Vertep, presented by the youth of the Cathedral.
While the formal reception of the afternoon came to conclusion, Metropolitan Antony remained surrounded by his clergy and faithful who one by one approached to greet their spiritual father on their behalf and on behalf of the parishes, which they represented.
Many Blessed Years – Metropolitan Antony!
Photos by Subdeacon Yaroslav Bilohan