On August 18-19th, His Grace, Bishop Peter, celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago. During the reading of the Hours, Vladika Peter tonsured Arsenios Corbishley a Reader. Arsenios had been studying in Chicago for the last few years and serving in the altar at the Cathedral. He returns home to Oklahoma City to continue serving now as a Reader at St. Benedict's Orthodox Church. Immediately following the tonsure, Reader Benjamin Bryant was elevated to the rank of Sub-Deacon. He will be helping to start a mission community in Peoria, IL. AXIOS to Reader Arsenios and Sub-Deacon Benjamin!
At the hierarchical Divine Liturgy con-celebrating with Bishop Peter were the cathedral clergy and Fr. Matthias, pastor of the Georgian Orthodox community in Chicago. Following the Liturgy, the service of the blessing of the fruits took place on the steps of the cathedral under a beautiful sunny sky.