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Clergy and faithful of the Pittsburgh Deanery travel to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral every year on Holy Wednesday evening for the service of Holy Unction. This year there was increased attendance.

Believers come every year in anticipation of the healing experience. Protopresbyter George Veselinovic from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville gave the inspiring homily this year.

Father Veselinovic spoke with conviction about God’s healing power. He described the Mystery of Holy Unction in detail and in an informative way. The importance of faith was emphasized.

Christ’s healing power is realized in Holy Unction. Believers are changed within for the better. The Mystery of Holy Unction has been served at Holy Trinity Cathedral for decades.

Continued attendance each year on Holy Wednesday of clergy and faithful is proof of the valued ascribed this Holy Mystery. Believers travel a substantial distance to attend.  Attending is a great physical hardship for some attending. 

Ideally, seven priests are present to serve and this year that was the case.In addition to Father Veselinovic, clergy participating included Dean ProtopresbyterStavrofor Rade Merick, host priest Protopresbyter Stavrophor Rajko Kosic, Protopresbyter Stavrophor Stevo Rocknage, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dr.Rodney Torbic, Reverend Father Rumen Stoychev and Reverend Father Branislav Golic. Subdeacon David Manko assisted. Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir was directed by Mr. Robert Topich.

Great and Holy Week is a most special time when Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection are foremost in mind. Believers do well to take time to seek healing of soul and body.

The large number of faithful attending is clear witness of belief in the healing power of Christ. Christ offers hope for the sick and suffering in all circumstances.

The Church is ever ready to welcome individuals drawing near in faith.

Thank God for the willingness for the parish priest and the Cathedral parish to host the service of  Holy Unction every year. Thank God for the clergy that came to serve and the faithful making the effort to attend.

The reverent atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral every year on Holy Wednesday evening is deeply imbedded in the hearts, minds and souls of  Orthodox Christians present.

Article by Father Rodney Torbic

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