The people of St. Gregory the Great Orthodox Church in Washington D.C. were happy to welcome His Grace Bishop Thomas on the weekend of May 10-11, 2014. The occasion for this visit was to celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of our church building. In 2006 St. Gregory's congregation bought a townhouse which had been converted to a Protestant church. The community subsequently renovated it and made it suitable for Orthodox worship. On May 5 and 6 of 2007, Bishop Thomas performed the ceremonies for dedication. This year was the first that he was able to return for this annual celebration.
At Vespers on Saturday evening, His Grace preached about the need to be evangelists, and a formal banquet followed the service. On Sunday, he presided at Matins and Mass (the Western Rite Divine Liturgy), and at coffee hour he answered numerous questions in an "Ask Sayedna" session.
Our parish, which is made up primarily of converts to the Orthodox faith, is very grateful to all our bishops for their guidance and leadership. We pray that God will grant them many years!