DIOCESE OF CHICAGO AND MID-AMERICA: February 19, 2013
For more than a decade, the parishioners of St George Russian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, OH, has been making plans, raising funds, and praying fervently in their efforts to build a new Church. On the feast of the Three Hierarchs (February 12 n.s.), those labors bore very tangible fruit: the cross and cupola were blessed and placed on the roof.
His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, flew to Cincinnati to lead the service; he was joined by the clergy of St George Russian Orthodox Church: Protopriest Paul Bassett (Rector Emeritus); Priest Daniel Marshall (Rector); and Priest Pavel Akmolin. The parish choir sang the responses under the direction of Reader Lawrence Sander. A multitude of parishioners, both young and old, took time off work and school to participate in this joyous event. Though February in Cincinnati often means cold and snow, or at least wind and rain, the Lord blessed the day with sun, temperatures comfortably above freezing, and light wind – which made it possible to safely lift and place the 800-lb cross and cupola.
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