SUNDAY, 18 October, 2020 -- His Grace, the Right Reverend Alexis, on behalf of the Metropolitan of the OCA, ordained two students of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary to higher ranks by the Grace of the Holy Spirit. In a joy-filled Monastery Church Liturgy that was live-streamed across the world, Matthew Mcdonald (STOTS 2021) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, while Jeremiah McKemy (STOTS 2021) was ordained to the Diaconate in Christ. Both of the newly elevated Fathers and their families were addressed by His Grace at the close of the Divine Liturgy; he emphasized to them that these offices and ministries are shared by the spouses. Hearing the ordination troparia twice-over during the single service was a real treat for all those blessed to attend, sing, and serve. AXIOS to Father Matthew and Father Deacon Jeremiah as they continue their learning at the seminary and their service to the whole Church! And Many Years to their families!
By Dn Peter Simko