WEIRTON - Metropolitan Savas, Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, visited All Saints Greek Orthodox Church on the celebration of their parish feast day, Sunday of All Saints, June 30.
On the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, the Feast of All Saints is celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, according to the traditional Julian Calendar followed by all Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide regarding the calculation and celebration of Lent, Easter and Pentecost.
During his pastoral visit, Metropolitan Savas tonsured, or blessed, three "readers," a rank of the laity giving these young men the blessing to read the Epistles and Old Testament passages in the context of the various church services, to chant and to serve as acolytes, or altar boys, in the sanctuary.
Metropolitan Savas tonsures three parishioners as readers. Those participating in the ceremony, included, from left, George Athanasiou assisting the Metropolitan, Metropolitan Savas, Ty (Alexander) Lyon, Ray (Alban) Dobson, Niko (Nectarios) Dimitriou and the Rev. Frank Milanese. -- Contributed
Metropolitan Savas was appointed to the Metropolis of Pittsburgh and enthroned, or seated, as its hierarch Dec. 8, 2011, by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He tries to visit each parish in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh at least once annually, and presides over the affairs of the nearly 50 parishes of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh from the headquarters in Shadyside, Pa.
The Metropolis of Pittsburgh covers parishes in three states, including southeastern, central and western Pennsylvania; all of West Virginia; and northeastern and central Ohio.
Further information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh may be found at pittsburgh.goarch.org.