Pilgrimage to Sitka Alaska by 10 St. Nicholas Members - 08/19/18

In August, 10 parishioners of St. Nicholas RO Church in Bethlehem traveled to Sitka, Alaska, birthplace of the Russian Orthodox Church in America. Bishop David Mahaffey, of Sitka and Alaska, and also a former rector at St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, welcomed the group.  A Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Bishop’s House (established by St. Innocence), which is now under the authority of the National Park Service. Several of our choir members participated in singing the responses to the liturgy.  After being treated to a wonderful lunch, the parishioners walked to nearby St. Michael’s Cathedral, where a Panikhida was celebrated for several deceased relatives of the travelers.