It was a joyous occasion for the faithful of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, OH on Friday, September 8 to receive the first archpastoral visit of His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of Chicago and the Midwest since his enthronement. Together we offered Daily Vespers for the feast of Sts Joachim and Anna
Following the Vespers, His Eminence honored two very faithful men who have been dedicated to our church family for many years. Archbishop Daniel presented Michael Pilat with the Order of St. Romanos, awarded by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America to influential arrangers, composers, teachers, and conductors. Michael Pilat is recently retired as choirmaster at Holy Trinity following 57 years of service leading choirs in the Orthodox Church in Paramus and Wayne, New Jersey, Lorain, Ohio and here in Parma. He is also a music educator and composer of liturgical music.
His Eminence also presented a diocesan gramota to Protodeacon Anthony Kall, recognizing 25 years of service in the diaconate at Holy Trinity. He has served under 3 Priests at Holy Trinity, and 4 Bishops through the Diocese of the Midwest.
A festive reception for all was held in the fellowship hall following the service and award presentations.