Dear brothers and sisters in Christ!
At this time I want to greet you with the beginning of the Dormition fast and wish you a successful celebration of the feast of Dormition of our Immaculate Lady Theotokos. As most of you know as I was absent for the last week of June and first week of July.  I was blessed to represent his Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, the Holy Synod and The Orthodox Church of America at the celebration of the 75th birthday and 5th anniversary of enthronement of His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine.

This occasion was celebrated with the participation of representatives of 11 local sister churches on 25 June in the Dormition cathedral of Kyiv’s Caves Lavra. It was a gracious celebration and a great honor for me personally, as several days after His enthronement on the 19th of August 2014, Metropolitan Onufry ordained me, a sinner, to the holy priesthood. Please pray for me to the Lord God for "the divine grace which always heals that which is infirm and completes that which is lacking,” and that the grace of the Holy Spirit continue to rest upon me as I continue my work in the Lord’s vineyard. Upon my return we immediately begin work to finish putting back icons and remaining liturgical hardware in our Church. As was explained in the last bulletin, due to the very poor shape, its uncanonical, or naive style, some of the icons (or rather religious pictures) were not hung on the walls after renovation. Some of them were taken down for restoration and will be returned after restoration is completed. Others that were just simply a prints or painted in unorthodox or naive style will be replaced with the real icons in canonical orthodox iconographic style as soon as we find donors, as was described in the last bulletin and featured in our Parish wish list. Dear brothers and sisters, icons in the Orthodox church are not decorations - they are revelation of the Age to come where there is no sorrow, no shunning, no pain, but eternal truth and the love of God. Therefore each icon in the Orthodox church has to be theologically correct, historically truthful, and aesthetically beautiful. Thank you for your understanding, patience and help with this project, that will make our cathedral even more irresistible.  We also started an extensive project of repairing our parish hall. I assure you that it was not out of desire to indulge in luxury in the common space of our cathedral, but rather out of absolute necessity and safety for you our parishioners, our children, and guests. Please look at the pictures of what was under the floor that we walk on, children played on, and I just want to thank God nobody was hurt. This is another essential project and we will appreciate your patience and assistance with this. As I mentioned in the last bulletin, I feel that I opened up Pandora’s box. But I know that everything sooner or later needs to be repaired. For many years only cosmetic repairs were done, so we have to roll up our sleeves and work so in order to preserve the beautiful heritage of our cathedral’s architectural complex. I thank you all, my God bless all of us and assist us in our labors.

Archpriest Nazari Polataiko