On Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28 His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America presided over the patronal feast day celebrations at the Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale (Detroit), Michigan. At the vigil on the eve of the feast His Eminence was joined by:
Archpriest Victor Trotskyy, Rector of Dormition Cathedral
Archpriest Gregory Joyce, Rector of St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor, MI and Dean of Michigan Parishes
Archpriest Vasily Kuzmych, Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Milwaukee, WI
Priest Moses McPherson, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor, MI Deacon Ioann Feloniuk, Cleric of Dormition Cathedral
Deacon Dmitriy Kashchenko, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor, MI
The cathedral choir sang beautifully and prayerfully and His Eminence remarked on the choir’s execution of the services following the Vigil and the Divine Liturgy the next day. Following the Vigil the cathedral Sisterhood provided the gathered faithful with a light fasting meal.
On the day of the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God Archbishop Peter was met to the pealing of bells at the cathedral and with the traditional bread and salt. In addition to the above clerics (and with the exception of Fr. Moses, who served an early Liturgy in Ann Arbor for those who could not travel to Ferndale for the feast) the following clergy joined His Eminence for the Divine Liturgy:
Archpriest Roman Star, Rector Emeritus of St. Innocent Church in Redford, MI
Priest Daniel Shirak, Cleric of Dormition Cathedral
Deacon Zacharias Martinchik, Cleric of St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor, MI on loan to St. Mary Basilica in Livonia, MI
Following the Divine Liturgy, at which many of the faithful partook of Holy Communion from two chalices, the tradition cross procession was held. After His Eminence had thanked all those who made the feast day possible, a festive meal was held in the cathedral hall.