CHICAGO, IL [DOM] – On August 15, the Great Feast of the Falling Asleep of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Bishop Daniel of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest presided over services at the Diocesan Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Serving with His Grace was Priest Alexander Koranda, Cathedral Dean, Protodeacon Thomas Keith, and Deacon Paul Garklavs. The choir was directed by Ms. Olga Garklavs.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the traditional blessing of flowers and herbs took place.
Fr. Alexander preached at the end of the blessing reminding the faithful gathered of the constant presence of the Mother of God in the Church – from the time she was guiding the Apostles, and even to this very day. “She has never left us, appearing to those who call on her, providing healings and comfort from her miraculous icons. Our mother will never leave us, and continues to draw us closer to her Son. This is her great work.”
The faithful received a blessing from their hierarch at the dismissal of the cross.