Pascha DC

St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC is "my cathedral." In 1977 when I considered returning to Washington DC, my priest told me that I would not like St. Nicholas because "it's too Russian."

I looked at going to St. Mark Church, but public transportation there was a nightmare.  So I looked at the other churches and eventually in 1982 settled on St. Nicholas Cathedral and fell in love with the parish.  It was not too Russian for me.  I have found other parishes which are much more Russian.

In 1986 by the grace of God I became an Altar server.  In time I realized that I really wanted to be a deacon and not a priest.  My bishop told me that I would have to go to the seminary and when I approached the president of the parish council, he told me that they had a policy and I benefited from this policy.  The parish made it possible for me to attend the seminary without having to take out a student loan, which I would not had been able to pay back since the seminary degree would not increase my income.

Now when I have an opportunity, especially during the week, I come back there to say "thank you" for their support.  I'm also returning home.  I was born and raised in Washington DC.

This year Deacon James invited me to go down with him for Pascha and I accepted the invitation.  It was a wonderful experience.  During the Agape Vespers, he read the Gospel in German and I read it in Latin. 

 

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