His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, marked the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood by celebrating the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius Chapel here Monday, October 22, 2001.
Concelebrating with Metropolitan Theodosius were his secretary, the Very Rev. David Brum, and Deacons John Hainsworth and Kevin Smith from Saint Vladimir Seminary, Crestwood, NY.
In addition to members of the Chancery staff and representatives of the Church’s various units, boards, and commissions, the Divine Liturgy was attended by His Grace, Bishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest; His Grace, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, who represented His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; His Grace, Bishop Mercurius of Zaraisk, who oversees parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in America; and the Revs. Thomas Zains and Archimandrite Michael [Evans], who represented His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.
A Service of Thanksgiving, concelebrated by Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, OCA Chancellor, and Chancery clergy, followed the Liturgy.
In his greetings at the conclusion of the Liturgy, Bishop Job reflected on his 37-year relationship with Metropolitan Theodosius, citing the example of concern and Christian love for others which have become the hallmarks of His Beatitude’s priestly and episcopal ministry. Bishop Mercurius echoed Bishop Job’s remarks, adding that Metropolitan Theodosius stands as an example of Orthodox stability in North America.
Metropolitan Theodosius concluded by reflecting on his ministry and on his recent medical leave of absence, noting how touched he was to receive greetings, cards and good wishes from the faithful of the Church, especially from the children.
The celebration ended with a festive brunch, during which attendees offered their personal greetings to Metropolitan Theodosius.