On June 30, the Feast of the Holy Apostles, we were blessed with a visit from our beloved Archbishop Michael. He was at Holy Apostles for Vespers on June 29, and served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on June 30. Also serving, along with Fr Joel and Deacon Ivan, were Frs Alexey Karlgut and Timothy Holowatch of Endicott, NY, and Deacon Stephan Karlgut. Seminarian and blessed Subdeacon Robert West, originally from Lansing, accompanied the Archbishop as his driver and served in the altar.
The choir sang beautifully under the direction of Matushka Anastasia Karlgut from Endicott, and with the help of visiting singers from Endicott.
Archbishop Michael was enroute to a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the repose of the Holy New Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth, and traveling with a portion of her relics. We were blessed by the presence of this great Saint's relic, an inspiration to Christians throughout the world.
After the Liturgy, all shared in a festive meal prepared by the parish.