NEWS AND EVENTS - Monday, May 4, 2015
A JOYOUS FEAST DAY OF THE NEW CHRYSOSTOM
CELEBRATED AT ST STEVAN'S CATHEDRAL IN ALHAMBRA
Alhambra, CA - On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra, Los Angeles California, celebrated the feast day of Saint Nicholai Velimirovic, the patron saint of the Cathedral’s Young Adult Fellowship.
To help honor this day, with the blessings of His Grace, Bishop Maxim, the young adults invited Fr. John Finley to be their guest for the feast. Fr. John serves St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara and is an active field staff member of the Department of Missions and Evangelism for the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. For more than a decade, Fr. John has admired and studied the writings of Saint Nicholai, incorporating them into his daily prayer, reading and study. In his homily, Fr. John shared his personal joy in celebrating this feast day, and elaborated on how Saint Nicholai views suffering as an opportunity for repentance and spiritual growth towards the Kingdom of God.
The feast day featured the full participation of the parish in the Matins service, Divine Liturgy, lunch and program presented by the young adults of the Cathedral. The program featured a hymn of Saint Nicholai sung by Saint Steven’s Youth Chorale, excerpts from the writings of Saint Nicholai shared by young adults Pace Rommel and Cassie Vossmeyer, and a keynote address by Fr. John Finley. Fr. John shared his observation as to why Saint Nicholai is known as the “New Chrysostom,” reflecting on the preaching and writing style of the saint, in particular his Paschal homilies.
The Cathedral parish has special devotion to Saint Nicholai for many obvious reasons, including the fact that the Cathedral Church was consecrated in 1952 by this beloved saint.