Archbishop Michael Recognizes Dedication and Service: Bestows Double Orarion and Commends Diakonia Ministry in Princeton Visit

On the weekend of March 16-17, Archbishop Michael made his annual Archpastoral visit to the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow in Princeton, NJ. During this visit, he awarded Dn John Komline the Double Orarion. Concelebrating with Archbishop Michael were Fr. Peter Baktis, Rector, and Fr. John Parker, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary. Dn John is a current board member of St. Tikhon's Seminary, and Fr. John Parker represented the seminary in honoring Dn John's dedication and hard work.

At the end of the liturgy, Archbishop Michael addressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Diakonia ministry of Judith Komiline (wife of Dn John) for her work at St. Basil's House in Trenton, NJ. He stated that this is a visible witness to the action of the Gospel we read on Judgment Sunday. He spoke about St. Martin of Tours and how St. Martin, a soldier, gave his cape to a person without any protection from the cold. When an angel asked Christ why He was wearing a torn garment, Christ replied, "Martin gave it to me."

After the Divine Liturgy, Vespers of Forgiveness was celebrated with the rite of forgiveness. It was an honor to celebrate the first service of Great Lent and the rite of forgiveness with Archbishop Michael.





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