Baptism of Adam Kowalcheck
Akathist to the Mother of God - Healer of Cancer
After the Saturday evening Vespers service, the clergy and faithful gathered around the icon of the Mother of God, Pantanassa (Queen of All), and prayed the Akathist to the Mother of God - Healer of Cancer. Afterwards the faithful were anointed with Holy Oil.
Baptism, Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Children
Adam Keith Kowalcheck was received into the Church through the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation on August 23, 2009. Adam’s grandfather, Father Onouphry Keith (St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Fletcher, NC) concelebrated the Baptism service with Father Christopher. And former deacon at Holy Cross, now priest, Father John and Matushka Ginny Hays were the Godparents. Immediately following the baptism, the three priests concelebrated the Divine Liturgy.
After the Liturgy, Father Christopher read the prayers and blessed the children with Holy Water, for the start of the school year.
What a joyous occasion to have so many clergy and faithful be witnesses for Adam at his Baptism! God grant little Adam many years!
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