Gathering for Vespers served by Protopriest Pavlo Lisnichuk of Fram, Paraguay and Deacon Miguel Babak, the faithful crowded into the church eager to participate in such an auspicious celebration. Joining them were the representatives of the Curitiba Inter-Faith Community who with wonder took in the beauty of the Orthodox service, the twinkling candles, the beautiful icons, their halos glowing warmly in the soft light, the beautiful hymns, and the sweet smell of the incense.
At the conclusion of Vespers, Archbishop Daniel reflected on the last 30 years. It was 30 years ago in this same St. Demetrius Cathedral that Archbishop Jeremiah was consecrated by Metropolitan Constantine, of blessed memory, then Archbishop Antony, and Bishop Paisley, of blessed memory. His Eminence explained that deep and profound nature of archpastoral service – which is rooted in leadership by example, and not leadership by words alone. A hierarch, a shepherd, must know his flock, and his sheep must know, love, and trust their shepherd. To reach this 30-year mark is a testament to Archbishop Jeremiah’s steadfast commitment to his calling and the spiritual well-being of his community.