On Sunday, February 11, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD. His Grace was co-served by parish rector and Dean of the Atlantic States, Archpriest John Vass, Priest Mark Rashkov (cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City) and Deacon Michael Bishop (parish cleric).
At the Little Entrance, for his many years of dedicated service to the Russian Orthodox Church, Fr. Michael was awarded the right to wear the double orarion.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Bishop John delivered a sermon on the Sunday's gospel reading. In honor of his visit, His Grace presented the parish with an icon of the Holy Royal Passion bearers as well as a book detailing their lives. Bishop John also presented several members of the parish with Archpastoral Gramotas. Afterwards, Fr. John acquainted Bishop John with the ongoing restoration and frescoing of the historic church. A video recording of the Liturgy may be viewed here.