West Sacramento Celebration
On Sunday, April 29, His Grace, Bishop Benjamin celebrated the patronal
feast of the Church of the Holy Myrrhbearers in West Sacramento,
California. His Grace was warmly greeted by the new rector, Archpriest
Matfey Ismailov, and the children of the parish.
Sacramento is the home of a rather large Russian Community that includes
a rather substantial Russian Baptist element. The Holy Myrrhbearers
Church was founded in 1925 and has served the Russian-speaking Orthodox
of the metropolitan Sacramento area since then.
A prayer service
(molieben) with cross procession followed the Liturgy. His Grace was
joined by the area dean, Archpriest Basil Rhodes. A wonderful banquet of
Paschal Russian food was held in the parish hall. The young people of
the parish made the celebration especially festive by performing