On Saturday, September 25, clergy and faithful of Greater Baltimore gathered in Holy Trinity Church to bid farewell to longtime cleric, Deacon Michael Bishop who reposed in the Lord suddenly on September 19.
On Friday evening, September 24th approximately 100 people attended the visitation in church, during which a panikhida was served by parish rector Archpriest John Vass along with Archpriest Theodore Boback (rector of St. Andrew OCA Church in Baltimore, MD), Archpriest Alexey Bocharnikov (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Chester, PA), Priest Robert Miclean (rector of Holy Archangels OCA Mission in Annapolis, MD ), Deacons Michael Ardan & Michael Sidorochev (clerics of St. Nicholas Church).
Then, on Saturday morning, September 25th, more than 100 people attended the funeral service which was served by Fr. John along with the following clergy: Priest Gregory Winsky (cleric of Holy Trinity Church), Priest Timothy Barkley (Rector of St. James Antiochian Church in Taneytown, MD), Priest Joshua Burnett (rector of Holy Cross Antiochian Church in Linthicum, MD), Priest Damian Dantinne (cleric of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC, and Deacon Michael Ardan. Other clergy and laity from several Orthodox churches in the Baltimore/Washington region and from neighboring states attended the memorial services. Also attending were representatives from the Baltimore City Council, Baltimore Police Department and Chaplaincy Program, Baltimore City Detention Center, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, and some of the community organizations of which Deacon Michael was a member. Most of those who attended the funeral then proceeded to the cemetery for the burial, followed by the remembrance meal conducted in our outdoor pavilion.