December 29, 2014

Meeting Metropolitan Jonah and Sister Vassa

Sister Vassa came from Vienna, Austria to speak at the St. Herman's conference.  She is just as interesting and funny as she is in her videos:
There's Hannah singing in the choir...she's wearing the green hat I crocheted almost 3 years ago, so it's easy to spot her!
 Censing around the church.
Metropolitan Jonah is in blue.  He greeted everyone with warmth, smiling a lot and spoke about kindly.  I like him!
My nieces, throwing rose petals before the Metropolitan came in the church on Sunday morning.
At the end of the Liturgy he gave a sermon on how we all have so many distractions (like those who were healed in the Bible story we read in church, of the 10 healed only 1 came back to thank Christ), maybe a motorcycle, new house, just got married...but need to remember to pray and go to church!
My girls with Sister Vassa.
  Hannah and her girl friends from ORPR camp!


elizabeth said...

what a wonderful time! a real highlight for sure for you! I am so glad!

Amanda Sexton said...

Looks like a wonderful day. You are very blessed.

Apseed I said...

Very beautiful day!

WendyLady@GoodBooks said...

Oh, I would love to meet Sister Vassa someday - the picture of your girls with her is so sweet! Also, wanted to ask: Is it an OCA tradition to scatter rose petals when the Metropolitan comes, or just something your parish did for him? Lovely!

Martha said...

I don't know where the scattering of the rose petals came from...the young girls in our parish did it in Nov. 2014 for the blessing of our new church when Metropolitan Hilarion came, for the first time!