On Saturday of Souls before Pentecost, June 6, 2020—His Grace Bishop THOMAS ordained Deacon Martin Johnson to the Holy Priesthood. The ordination was held at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, located in Charleston, West Virginia. Axios! God grant Father Martin many years!
[I am humbled and grateful for the love and support of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. By the grace of God, I serve on the Board of Trustees with men and women committed to offering and building an institution that stands in the legacy of St. Tikhon who offered our Orthodox Christian faith to anyone in North America who would listen.
As I reflect on the service, I will offer for Christ and our Church, let us all be and remain inspired by St. Tikhon who preached: “True civilization consists in giving as many people as possible access to the benefits of life... Since all people originate from one man, all are children of one Heavenly Father; all were redeemed by the most pure blood of Christ, in Whom 'there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free.' All are brothers and must love one another--love one another not only in words, but in deeds as well." (From the sermon preached in San Francisco on June 10/23 1900).
With this legacy given to us, how can look to our world and our Church and do any less? May St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary continue to lead, teach, and train men and women to go out and share the light of Christ as Priests and Royal Priests to the world.]
God Bless You.
Fr. Martin Johnson, Jr
St. Anthony Orthodox Church
Click HERE to watch Divine Liturgy for Saturday of Souls and Ordinations to the Holy Priesthood.