West Sacramento CelebrationOn Sunday, April 29, His Grace, Bishop Benjamin celebrated the patronal feast of the Church of the Holy Myrrhbearers in West Sacramento, California. His Grace was warmly greeted by the new rector, Archpriest Matfey Ismailov, and the children of the parish.
West Sacramento is the home of a rather large Russian Community that includes a rather substantial Russian Baptist element. The Holy Myrrhbearers Church was founded in 1925 and has served the Russian-speaking Orthodox of the metropolitan Sacramento area since then.
A prayer service (molieben) with cross procession followed the Liturgy. His Grace was joined by the area dean, Archpriest Basil Rhodes. A wonderful banquet of Paschal Russian food was held in the parish hall. The young people of the parish made the celebration especially festive by performing Ukrainian dances.