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On Bright Saturday, May 4, interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA Bishop Matthew of Sourozh celebrated Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD. The day was timed to coincide with the centennial celebrations of the parish's founding.

His Grace was co-served by the Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Archpriest Victor Potapov (rector of St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC) as well as deans and clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes and guest clergy. 

Before the start of the Liturgy, Bishop Matthew performed the tonsure and ordinations of new readers and subdeacons for parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA.

At the Little Entrance, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and all Russia, Bishop Matthew awarded the following clergymen with ecclesiastical awards:

Right to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with opened Royal Doors until the Cherubic Hymn

- Archpriest Roman Star (Dean of the Central States)

- Archpriest Timothy Barna (rector of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Redford, MI)

- Archpriest Lawrence Bacik (rector of St. Elias Church in Battle Creek, MI)

Right to wear the Palitsa:

- Archpriest John Vass (parish rector)

- Priest Christopher Rozdilski (rector of St. Andrew the First-Called Church in East Lansing, MI)

After the Eucharistic Canon, Bishop Matthew ordained Sbdcn. Artemy Kulikovsky a deacon for All Saints of Russia Church in Pine Bush, NY.

After Holy Communion, a procession was held around the block with the singing of the Paschal Canon At the beginning, Bishop Matthew unveiled a new street sign renaming the street the parish is situated "Holy Trinity Way." 

Afterwards, parish rector Archpriest John Vass greeted Bishop Matthew and expressed his gratitude for arriving for the paschal celebration as well as the prayerful commemoration of the parish's centennial anniversary. His Grace, in turn, congratulated the clergy on the feast of the bright Resurrection of Christ, as well as on the significant anniversary of the church. The archpastor highlighted the works of the rector, president and members of the parish council of Holy Trinity Church, who organized a hospitable reception for the clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes for the Paschal celebration.

With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, Bishop Matthew bestowed jubilee medals in honor of the "100th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church" on parish rectors of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.

Interaction between the archpastor, clergy and faithful continued during a festal reception in the parish hall. For the anniversary of the parish, a historical exposition of the parish detailing its history and modern life was presented to the attendees.