Holy Spirit Church of Huntington Celebrates Pentecost with Bishop THOMAS


Left to right:  Sdn. Joseph Peck - Parish Council Chairman; Bishop THOMAS, Fr. John Dixon.Left to right: Sdn. Joseph Peck - Parish Council Chairman; Bishop THOMAS, Fr. John Dixon.The Great Feast of Pentecost was a momentous weekend for The Holy Spirit Antiochian Orthodox Church in Huntington, WV. Pentecost is the church's feast, and they just completed construction of their new social hall and Sunday School annex. To celebrate, a banquet and hafli was conducted on Saturday, June 6. The following morning, Bishop THOMAS conducted hierarchical Divine Liturgy.  Included was the installation of Abraham Saad to Subdeacon and the elevation of pastor Fr. John Dixon to Archpriest.

 

The portion to the right is the new social hall / Sunday School annex.  It blends seamlessly with the current motif.The portion to the right is the new social hall / Sunday School annex. It blends seamlessly with the current motif.
Abraham Saad - The Building Committee Chairman and MC for the banquet.Abraham Saad - The Building Committee Chairman and MC for the banquet.
Bishop THOMAS and Fr. Dixon at the banquet.Bishop THOMAS and Fr. Dixon at the banquet.
Fr. John and Kh. Loukia.Fr. John and Kh. Loukia.
Hafli & Al Layali Band: Following the banquet, dancing!  Music provided by the wonderful Al Layali Band.Hafli & Al Layali Band: Following the banquet, dancing! Music provided by the wonderful Al Layali Band.
Sdn Abraham Saad: Bishop THOMAS installs Abraham Saad into the Subdeaconate.  Left to right:  Fr. John Dixon, Bishop THOMAS, Sdn. Abraham Saad. Sdn. Julian Saad (Abe's proud father).Sdn Abraham Saad: Bishop THOMAS installs Abraham Saad into the Subdeaconate. Left to right: Fr. John Dixon, Bishop THOMAS, Sdn. Abraham Saad. Sdn. Julian Saad (Abe's proud father).
Pentecost Liturgy: Bishop THOMAS conducts Divine Liturgy on Pentecost morning, assisted by the Very Reverend Fr. John Dixon.Pentecost Liturgy: Bishop THOMAS conducts Divine Liturgy on Pentecost morning, assisted by the Very Reverend Fr. John Dixon.
Archpriest John Dixon: Bishop THOMAS elevates the Very Reverend Fr. John Dixon to the honor of Archpriest.Archpriest John Dixon: Bishop THOMAS elevates the Very Reverend Fr. John Dixon to the honor of Archpriest.
Pentecost VespersPentecost Vespers
Bishop Thomas along with 11 priests, 2 deacons, 2 sub-deacons and 6 other monastic fathers. Matins and Liturgy were held on Holy Spirit Monday.: Visitors from St. George Cathedral (Antiochian) – Charleston, St. Nicholas (Antiochian) – Beckley, St. George (Greek) – Huntington, Christ the Savior (ROCOR) – Wayne and Holy Cross Monastary (ROCOR) – Wayne were in attendance.Bishop Thomas along with 11 priests, 2 deacons, 2 sub-deacons and 6 other monastic fathers. Matins and Liturgy were held on Holy Spirit Monday.: Visitors from St. George Cathedral (Antiochian) – Charleston, St. Nicholas (Antiochian) – Beckley, St. George (Greek) – Huntington, Christ the Savior (ROCOR) – Wayne and Holy Cross Monastary (ROCOR) – Wayne were in attendance.