The Consecration of St. Peter’s Church, Long Island
On Saturday, April 30, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim presided over the consecration (Qudosho) ceremony of St. Peter’s Syriac Orthodox Church in Hicksville, Long Island, New York. He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Eugene Aydin, Archbishop of Holland, and several of the area clergy and deacons. Around two hundred faithful parishioners from New York and New Jersey attended the four hour service which also included the celebration of the Holy Qurbono (Divine Liturgy).
The Church was purchased a few years ago, and was recently enlarged and renovated to accommodate the spiritual and social activities of the parish. During the service, H. E. Archbishop Karim gave thanks to the Good Lord for blessing the parish with this beautiful edifice. He also commended the generosity and hard work of the parishioners, lead by their pastor, the Rev. Fr. Gabriel Adde, and the Board of the church. Fr. Adde in turn expressed his gratitude to his parishioners for their efforts and donations. He likewise, thanked their Eminences, the Archbishops, the clergy and the guests who came to support the parish on this blessed day.
Dr. Jon Arnette, the president of the church Board, and Mr. Mounir Chelico, the treasurer, delivered speeches on this occasion. Dr. Yamo Deniz, the president of the Archdiocesan Executive Council offered felicitations on behalf of the AEC. Dr. John Chelico spoke on behalf of the youth of the parish.
Following the service, all attendees were invited to dinner prepared by the ladies of the church.