Glory to Jesus Christ!
It is with much joy that I announce the elevation of our diocesan hierarch, Bishop Melchisedek, to the dignity of “Archbishop” at the just-completed spring 2014 session of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, this, in advance of the fifth anniversary of his consecration to the Holy Episcopacy on June 27, 2014.
Effective immediately, the liturgical commemorations used in our diocesan churches should reflect this change - - as appropriate to the particular petition, “… for our Archbishop Melchisedek …” - or - “… His Eminence, the Most-Reverend Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania …”, etc.
May the Lord God remember His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek in His Kingdom!
Eis Polla eti, Despota!
Yours in Christ,
Archpriest William J. Evansky
Archdiocese of Pgh and W PA