New WRV Mission in Warrenton, Virginia
Fr. Nicholas Alford of St. Gregory the Great parish reports in the latest issue of his (excellent) St. Gregory's Journal:
On Friday, March 30, at 7:30 PM, Bishop THOMAS will chrismate members of the Western Rite mission in Warrenton, Virginia. Fr. Nicholas has been meeting with this congregation for catechesis and will continue to serve them liturgically until Fr. Patrick Cardine is ordained as their priest. The service on March 30 will be a Sung Mass, and we anticipate attendance by priests from the region, as well as members of our other "sister" Western Rite congregation of Holy Trinity in Lynchburg. We rejoice with the people of Warrenton as they begin their life as Orthodox Christians in our archdiocese.Glory to God that some good came out of the chaos in the Charismatic Episcopal Church (from whence this congregation came), and that God steered this parish to the Ark of Salvation. It is welcoming to see this is the second new mission in the Virginia area in a short period of time...and that dear Fr. Alford played a role in both missions. (I could praise him further, but I do not want to detract from his everlasting reward.) This is the latest in an explosion of new Western Rite Vicariate missions within the last calendar year, Deo gratias!
Most importantly, may God richly bless all these faithful awaiting chrismation, as they prepare for their new life of grace, readied to celebrate their first Paschal season in Orthodoxy.
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