St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Mission Vancouver BC - Vigil with Vladyka Irenee

January 5, 2013

St. John of Shanghai and St. Nina of Georgia Orthodox Mission was greatly blessed to begin this year with a visit from His Grace, Bishop Irénée, on the Eve of the great feast of Theophany.

After Great Vespers, Vladyka Irénée celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters and blessed everyone present and the building itself, including our brand-new iconostasis (built by the vice-president of our parish council, Jeremy Eisenhauer, with help from the president of our parish council, Aaron Huizenga).

Following the service, a time for tea and Q&A with Vladyka Irénée was held in the church fellowship hall, which was also a great blessing to all who were able to attend. Many thanks to Vladyka Irénée for so blessing us, and may God grant him many years!

Church: www.stjohnofshanghai.org