Despite a dwindling congregation, St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church here was packed Sunday morning for a special service marking its 70th anniversary.
To celebrate, his eminence, the Metropolitan Yurij, led the service.
Five other priests also were on hand, along with five students from St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg.
It was a service that church president Marcia Zeleny described as “so spiritual and uplifting.”
“The church was full to capacity," she enthused. ”It was wonderful to see.
“It was also very nice to have the priests, students, and Metropolitan in attendance.”
Zeleny also was happy to see traditional Ukrainian customs being practised in a modern setting.
“The giving of the bread, salt, and flowers was also very nice to see,” she noted.
“We will strive to maintain our Ukrainian customs and culture,” Zeleny stressed.
“We don't want to lose it.”
Following the service, a luncheon was held at La Place Rendez-Vous, where the visiting clergy were honoured.
Awards also were presented to members of the local congregation for their hard work and dedication over the years.
Ann Wood, Jackie Dobransky, Mike Hughes, and Zeleny, along with parish priest Fr. Bohdan Statkevych, received these awards, which were presented by the Metropolitan.
“I'm so pleased with the turnout,” said Wood, who also helped organize the anniversary service.
“The fact that everyone showed up makes me very happy.”
“I originally thought there would be 60 people [for the luncheon] but I sold 87 tickets,” she added.
Wood said maintaining traditional Ukrainian customs is important to her, too.
“This is why we did all of this,” she remarked.
“Now were looking forward to our 75th [anniversary].”