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DAYTON, OH [MW Communications] - On May 23, the Feast of Pentecost, St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church celebrated 25 years as a parish community with prayer, food, music, dancing, and fellowship.

A quarter-century ago, a small group of Orthodox Christians began meeting for prayer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and then in private homes, community centers, and similar available venues, until it found a permanent home on Wagner Road in Sugarcreek Township in 2000. Granted mission status by the late Bishop Boris of Chicago and the Midwest, and parish status by the late Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest, the community now ministers to almost 200 people in the greater Dayton region.

“Twenty five years ago when we were discussing how to begin a new Church, we didn't know what should come first: a building or a priest,” remarked Steve Brown, a founding member of the parish. “Twenty five years later we know the answer: it's the people-they come first; who when led by a wonderful priest, create a beautiful building. May this Church be a blessing to those who now follow us.”

That “wonderful priest” is the Very Rev. Archpriest Ted Bobosh, who was the first permanent priest assigned to the parish, and has been there ever since. Unfortunately, Fr. Ted fell ill during the celebrations, and underwent a successful emergency appendectomy that evening. Fr. Ted is now resting comfortably at home.

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary festivities, the parish has embarked on an extensive iconography project, commissioning renowned iconographer Dmitry Shkolnik to create a series of  20 large icons celebrating the Kenosis of Christ and the life and influence  of Saint Paul.  An open house to share the new icons with the Dayton community,  as well as an exhibition of 350 years of Orthodox iconography from local private collections entitled Transfigured Life and Lives, is planned for the public in late August.

May God grant the community of St. Paul's many years!

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Upcoming Feasts of the Church

Polyeleos-rank Jun 19 - The Holy Apostle Jude the Brother of the Lord
Polyeleos-rank Jun 23 - Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
Great Feast Jun 24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
Polyeleos-rank Jun 26 - Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jun 28 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman, Wonder-workers of Valaam
Great Feast Jun 29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
Polyeleos-rank Jul 2 - The Holy Hierarch John Maximovich, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco;
Polyeleos-rank Jul 3 - The Holy Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow
Polyeleos-rank Jul 5 - Our Venerable Father Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh
Polyeleos-rank Jul 6 - Our Venerable Father Athanasius of Mount Athos
Vigil-rank Jul 8 - The Sitka (Kazan) Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 10 - The Deposition of the Robe of our Savior; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves
Polyeleos-rank Jul 11 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Blessed Princess Olga
Polyeleos-rank Jul 12 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands
Polyeleos-rank Jul 14 - Our Venerable Father Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
Vigil-rank Jul 15 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
Polyeleos-rank Jul 17 - New Royal Passion-bearers Tsar Nicholas and his family
Vigil-rank Jul 19 - Our Venerable Father Seraphim, Wonder-worker of Sarov
Vigil-rank Jul 20 - Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah
Polyeleos-rank Jul 23 - Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 24 - Right-believing Russian Princes Boris and Gleb
Polyeleos-rank Jul 26 - The Righteous Priest Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Native Peoples of Alaska
Polyeleos-rank Jul 28 - Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 30 - The Holy Martyr John the Warrior


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