This past Sunday, the Holy Trinity Church in Springfield celebrated their patronal feast day in conjunction with the Christian holy day of Pentecost. YCN caught up with their pastor, Father Peter Carmichael after the celebration to tell us about this feast.
He also noted that this feast is the beginning of a gathering of all the Eastern Orthodox Churches in the world on the island of Crete, which has not happened in over 1300 years.
Father Peter told YCN that The Great Council in Crete is made possible because of the freedom brought about by the demise of Communism that had separated many of the Orthodox Churches for most of the 20th century.
Locally, there are 2 welcoming communities, Holy Trinity in Springfield and Holy Resurrection in Claremont that are members of the Orthodox Church in America and celebrate all their services in English. If your church has a special day or celebration, let YCN know and we will try to cover it.