Metropolitan Stefan (Soroka) to Celebrate Holy Thursday Service in St. Josaphat Church, Trenton

ANNOUNCEMENTThursday, 13 April 2017, 10:04
Metropolitan Stefan Soroka to Celebrate Holy Thursday Service in St. Josaphat Church, Trenton, NJ; Liturgical Rites Commemorate the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood at the Last Supper and Will Include the Consecration of Holy Chrism and the Traditional Washing of the Feet of Twelve Priests
On Holy Thursday, April 13, the Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia, who is the spiritual leader of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, Archbishop Stefan Soroka will be the main celebrant during religious services at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1195 Deutz Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey. 
Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka will celebrate the Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great together with priests of the Philadelphia Archeparchy. The services begin at 10:30 a.m. and all the faithful are invited to attend.
The Holy Thursday service commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. During the service, Metropolitan Stefan will consecrate the Holy Myron (Chrism) and will also perform the traditional Washing of the Feet of 12 priests reenacting the washing of the feet of His apostles by Jesus as recounted in the Gospel of John. He will also be the homilist.
Since he became Metropolitan-Archbishop, Archbishop Stefan, besides conducting these services in the cathedral parish, has also conducted these Holy Thursday services in various deaneries of the expansive Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy, which includes eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. 
The present pastor of St. Josaphat Church is Very Rev. Taras Lonchyna, who also serves as Dean of the New Jersey Deanery.
Rev. John M. Fields


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