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OCA parishes celebrate a century and more of existence (+VIDEO)

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Jersey City, New Jersey and Broadview Heights, Ohio, November 15, 2022

Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City. Photo:   

At least two parishes in the Orthodox Church in America have celebrated major milestones recently.

On Sunday, October 30, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City, New Jersey, celebrated its 115th anniversary with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, and a host of local and visiting clergy, the cathedral reports.

The Archbishop was greeted at the church with bread and salt by the parish president and flowers, candles, and incense made by the Church school children. In turn, he presented a gramota award to the parish and to Very Reverend John Kluchko for the 60th anniversary of his priesthood.

The parish was incorporated on October 7, 1907, and on October 24, St. Alexander Hotovitsky celebrated the first Divine Liturgy.

Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights. Photo: Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights. Photo:   

And over the weekend of November 4-6, Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio, celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The church site reads:

In 1922, without a building to call their own, a group of faithful Orthodox began holding services at a local YMCA, St. Sava’s Serbian Orthodox church on East 36th and ultimately until 1926, in a vacant building on the property of the old Second Presbyterian Church on East 30th St. From these humble beginnings, through the purchase of land on Union Avenue to building and opening of a sister parish in Maple Heights, and finally to the purchase of property and building of our current Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights, we have a lot to celebrate and to be thankful for!

The anniversary weekend was highlighted by the presence of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington and All America and Canada and His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of Chicago and the Midwest.

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On Friday, November 4, a welcome dinner was held in downtown Cleveland in honor of Met. Tikhon and Abp. Daniel. The next day, the hierarchs concelebrated the Divine Liturgy for the 100th anniversary of the parish, followed by a banquet attended by local and visiting clergy and faithful.

Great Vespers was celebrated on Saturday evening, and the next morning, Abp. Daniel again celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the church, followed by a procession and the commemorative planting of a tree and time capsule.

The weekend concluded with a family brunch with games and activities for the parish youth.

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Source: Orthodox Christianity