Beloved parishioners of the Annunciation Cathedral -
Christ is in our midst!
I will never be able to thank you for the lifelong memories that we have shared. The outpouring of love has been overwhelming, and I am very grateful in knowing that I have a whole community with me as I begin the move to Denver. My home is about packed, moving trucks arrive tomorrow, and next Monday, October 31 will begin the drive to the Metropolis of Denver.
The last few weeks have been intense. I am grateful to each of you, and for those who made the journey to Manhattan to be with me during this most sacred time in my life. I thank each of you who came the next day to be with me as I celebrated my first liturgy as a hierarch, in prayer with 15 clergy from across the Archdiocese. I am also thankful that, as a parish, the boundless love in welcoming His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah, along with the reverend clergy from the Metropolis of Denver was heart-warming.
The sold out event last night in allowing me to say farewell, along with reminding each of you the importance of being part of church life, was memorable. I am extremely thankful and grateful to the wonderful team, Eleni Roros, Nikki Monios, and Rhoula Monios for organizing this event. I thank our good speakers, Zephyros band, along with each of you who took the time to be with me on this beautiful evening.
After the moving truck pulls out tomorrow, I will look forward to being at St. Demetrios for Great Vespers, which begins at 6:30 PM, and the next day, Wednesday, for the Hierarchal Liturgy, Orthros begins at 9:00 AM and the Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
On Sunday, October 30, I will be at Sts. Constantine & Helen in Annapolis - Orthros begins at 9:00 AM and Hierarchical Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
I do pray our paths cross very soon and look forward to seeing you again. I hope and pray you visit me in the Metropolis of Denver. My parish visitation schedule will be published very soon on their website, www.denver.goarch.org. Please come and visit!
I ask you to keep your priest, Father Anastasios, Presvytera Collette, and their daughters in your prayers, along with the parish council, Philoptochos, and all of our organizations and ministries. If anything, please get involved in the life of our church. We have been handed quite a legacy and we will always need to be that beacon of hope for our great City of Baltimore.
Over all of these years - I ask for your prayers above anything else, I beg for your forgiveness, and always know how important this community is in my life. I thank you and all for everything.
Offering to you my love and prayers -
With blessings in our Lord,
Bishop Constantine of Sassima - and always, your Father Dean
24W Preston St, Baltimore, MD
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