CONCORD – On Sunday, April 3, the 4th Sunday of Lent, His Eminence, Metropolitan Methodios visited Holy Trinity Parish in Concord, NH, celebrating the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with the presiding priest of the community, Fr. Constantin Newman.
Many faithful parishioners worked hard to make His Eminence’s visit memorable and special. The church sparkled, the choir was in excellent voice with the visiting singers, and the altar servers were in top form.
At the end of the liturgy, His Eminence spoke briefly but very powerfully about the sad state of our society, emphasizing the need for the members of the parish to be in communion with each other, which is a consequence of being in communion with Our Lord in Holy Communion. He also spoke of the need to keep our children close to the Church to help them navigate the darkness of society. After the sermon, Metropolitan Methodios tonsured two altar servers, Jason Leonidas Condodemetraky and George Tsiopras, as acolytes and lectors. He then conferred the office of Protopresbyter on Fr. Constantine.
After the liturgy, everyone gathered in the parish hall for the hour of communion, with many delicious offerings prepared by the ladies of the parish and some gentlemen as well. Chris Condodemetraky, one of the parish treasurers, presented the Metropolitan with the parish’s donation to Philoxenia House. Chris, who himself had stayed at Philoxenia House during medical treatment, spoke movingly of the importance of the ministry to the Metropolis. His Eminence added that currently Ukrainian children are staying there for medical treatment for serious burns. Then, Isabelle and Georges Tsiopras, representing the children of the parish, presented His Eminence with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.