It was a glorious weekend on September 27-28, 2014 at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Buffalo, NY. The clergy and faithful from the neighboring parishes gathered to celebrate 120th Anniversary of the oldest Orthodox Church in Buffalo. The celebration began with celebration of the Great Vespers on Saturday, September 27, 2014 followed by a reception and time a fellowship at Saints Peter and Paul Parish Hall. The vespers were celebrated by the local clergy and Bishop Michael (Diocese of New York and New Jersey) in his homily exhorted the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul for continuing to make present the light of Orthodoxy in Buffalo. (continue reading bellow the slideshow)
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The Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 28, 2014 began at 9:30 AM with the greeting of the Hierarch by the youth of the parish and Fr. Volodymyr Zablotskyy (recotor). The combined choir of singers from different Orthodox parishes in Buffalo, under the direction of Linda Mucyn, the choir director of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, lead the responses during the Divine Liturgy. Later at the end of the Divine Liturgy, the choir was exhorted and honored by Bishop Michael for the beautiful singing and in the congregation along with the present clergy sang to the choir “Many Years!”
During the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Volodymyr Zablotskyy was awarded Nabedrennik and Purple Skufia by Bishop Michael. Following parishioners were awarded Gramotas by Bishop Micahel for their outstanding contributions and service to Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church: Martin Napiersky (current president of the parish council), Michael Balabasz (current vice-president of the parish council), George Mucyn, Kathernine Mazyrka, Katherine Vester, Nadine Cacci, Anne Mazyrka.
Following clergy took part in our celebrations: Fr. Alexej Karlgut (Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Endicott, NY), Fr. Jason Vansuch (St. George Orthodox Church), Fr. Yuriy Kasyanov (Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Cheektowaga, NY), Fr. John Boddecker (St. Theodore Orthodox Church, Williamsville, NY), Fr. Herman Schick (Attached to Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Buffalo NY) Fr. Stephen Janos (Retired Rector of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Buffalo NY), Fr. Michael Zaparyniuk (St. Herman Of Alaska Church, Lake Worth, FL), Dn. Mark Hoeplinger (St. George Orthodox Church, Buffalo, NY), Dn. Andrew Hammond (St. Theodore Orthodox Church, Willaimsville, NY).
Following the Divine Liturgy a banquet took place at Creekside Banquet Facility in Cheektowaga, NY.