His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin visited St. John of Damascus Church, Poway, CA, the weekend of September 10-11, 2016. At the hierarchical Divine Liturgy, His Eminence preached on the Cross and the connections between the Tree of Life in Genesis and the love of God that we experience in the life-giving death of Christ on the Cross. During the liturgy, the victims of the attack on 9/11 were prayerfully remembered.
The parish recently completed a major beautification project of adding iconography to the apse of its temple. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence blessed the new icons in altar and dome of the church. His Eminence honored the 40th anniversary of Archpriest Alexander Federoff's ordination to the Holy Priesthood and the ministry of Fr. Alexander and Matushka Vickie in Poway.
Additional photographs from the Divine Liturgy are posted online:
https://goo.gl/photos/yuMVYcFjMoi7gnis5 (courtesy of Anne Cooper).