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WHEATON, IL [MW Communications] -- On Saturday, July 25, 2009, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, accompanied by His Eminence, Archbishop Job of Chicago, joined the clergy and faithful of Saint Joseph Church here for the celebration of Great Vespers for the seventh Sunday of Pentecost and the Feast of Saint Jacob Netsvetov.

The visit coincided with the ongoing celebration of the parish's 20th Anniversary, and marked Metropolitan Jonah's first visit to a parish church in the Chicago Deanery.

After Vespers, Metropolitan Jonah blessed the parish's newly completed deacons' doors, which feature icons of the Wise Thief and the Righteous King and Priest Melchisedek. The Very Rev. John Matusiak, rector, presented Metropolitan Jonah with an icon of Saints Sergius and Herman of Valaam as a memento of his first visit to the parish.

Over 230 faithful welcomed the hierarchs and enjoyed a festive pot luck dinner after the service.

Father John presided at Great Vespers, assisted by the parish's associate pastors, the Very Rev. Mykola Bodnarchuk and the Rev. Joseph Kopka; Protodeacons Joseph Matusiak and John Coleman, and Deacon Lawrence Dugoni. Also in attendance were clergy from parishes in the immediate area, including the the Very Rev. Myron Manzuk, rector of Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit, IL; the Rev. Herman Kinkaid, rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Burr Ridge, IL; Rev. Jeremiah Loch, rector of Saint Innocent Russian Orthodox Church [ROCOR], Carol Stream, IL; Rev. Elijah Mueller, rector of Saint Macarius Mission, Hyde Park/Chicago; and the Rev. Pawel Falkowski, rector of Saint George Byelorussian Orthodox Church, Chicago.

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