The Mission Choir visited several churches over the weekend of March 24th & 25th. They sang the responses for a full vigil for the feast of the Annunciation at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Canton Ohio, and were led by recent graduate and St. Tikhon's alumnus Fr. John Kennerk (STOTS 2017), who gave a wonderful and pastoral explanation of the vigil beforehand to his parishioners who are fairly new to vigil services. Following the service Fr. Mikel (classmate of Fr. John) and Matushka Rachel Hill hosted the Mission choir, as well as the Kennerks and several parish families, for a lovely home-cooked meal at their house.
On Sunday Morning the Mission Choir sang the responses for the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore, Ohio, led by St. Tikhon's Alumnus Father Nicholas Wyslutsky (STOTS, 1989, currently serving as Alumni Treasurer). Each Seminarian, as well as Monastery Director of Music Benedict Sheehan, gave a brief talk at a fish fry following liturgy. St. Nicholas Church is celebrating its centennial this year!
Finally, the Choir sang a concert with diverse repertoire at St. George's Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio, joined by Alumni Fr. Mikel Hill and Deacon Jonathan Lincoln (STOTS 2017), as well as Joachim Wyslutsky. The concert was well attended and there was a light reception afterwards. The concert itself and the music selection were organized by Fr. Mikel Hill, in conjunction with Benedict Sheehan.
May God grant Fr. Nicholas Wyslutsky, Fr. John Kennerk, Fr. Mikel Hill, Dcn. Jonathan Lincoln, their families and their parish faithful many blessed years!
(Story by Seminarian John Parker, photos by Seminarian George Davis)