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His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH's Episcopal Visit to the State of Alaska

Vespers at St. Herman Mission in Wasilla - 12/27/05

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50th Wedding Anniversary of the Very Reverend Harold and Kh. Barbara Dunaway - 12/26/05

On Monday, December 26, Sayidna met with the Parish Council and the St. John School Administrators in the morning.

That evening, the entire parish in Eagle River came together for an all-church dinner to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Very Reverend Harold and Kh. Barbara Dunaway and to show appreciation to the Choir Members.

The evening began with Sayidna arriving with Santa Clause and passing out gifts to all the children of the parish. Following dinner, the attendees were shown a slide show presentation of the life of Father Harold and Kh. Barbara. Then, three of the older members of the parish were asked to speak about their experiences with Father Harold and Kh. Barbara over the years. Sayidna spoke asking every one to follow their example for a Christian marriage.

Next, the children of the parish sang some Christmas carols. Followed by the Cathedral Choir. At the end of their presentation, Sayidna presented certificates and CDs to each of the choir members in recognition of their hard work and dedication to St. John Cathedral.

Everyone went upstairs into the Cathedral where Sayidna presided over the Akathist of Thanksgiving Service. Following the service, Sayidna prayed for Father Harold and Kh. Barbara's 50th Anniversary. Then, Sayidna surprised every one when he presented Father Harold with the Antionian Gold Metal, the highest service award given from the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

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Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Feast - 12/25/05

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Great Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity at St. John Cathedral - 12/24/05

On the evening of December 24, Sayidna presided over Great Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity at St. John Cathedral and joined the Cathedral's choir in singing Christmas Carols after the service.

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Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Fore feast at All Saints of America Mission - 12/24/05

On Saturday, December 24, Sayidna presided over Orthros and celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Fore feast of the Nativity of Christ at All Saints of America Mission in Homer. Following the Divine Liturgy Sayidna presented each of the children in the parish with a gift and the parish gave Sayidna a gift from Father Paul's recent visit to Mount Athos. Sayidna then departed Homer and returned to Eagle River.

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Daily Vespers for the Forefeast - 12/23/05

On the evening of December 23, Sayidna presided over Vespers for the Forefeast at All Saints of America Mission in Homer.

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Royal Hours at St. John Cathedral - 12/23/05

On Friday, December 23, Sayidna presided over the Royal Hours for the Holy Nativity at St. John Cathedral in Eagle River. Following the 9th Hour, Sayidna flew from Eagle River to Homer.

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Arrival in Alaska - 12/22/05

On Thursday, December 22, His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH arrived at Anchorage International Airport and was met by the Very Reverend Marc Dunaway, Dean of St. John Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Downing, Assistant Pastor of St. John Cathedral, Matthew Howell, Pastoral Assistant and his wife Anastasia Howell.

That evening Sayidna presided over the Daily Vespers Service. The Cathedral was almost filled with parishioners who came out on a Thursday night to welcome our Father and Chief Shepherd to St. John Cathedral. Sayidna gave a short sermon following the service.

Sayidna then met with the college age parishioners of the parish. A wide variety of issues that affect a college student's life were discussed and Sayidna made sure the answer each and every question they had for him.

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