06 Jan 2015, by Russian Orthodox Church in News & Events

Fr. Seraphim receives special award from Archbishop Kyrill

On December 21, 2014 Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America visited our parish. During the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence awarded Father Seraphim the right to wear Epigonation (Palitsa), which is a stiff, diamond-shaped vestment worn on the right side by priests and bishops. In Russian tradition, it is an award given after many years of service.

The epigonation represents a shield, originating from the thigh shield worn by soldiers during the days of the early church. It holds a dual meaning: first, it denotes the celebrant as a “soldier” of Christ; second, it symbolizes the Word of God, fighting the wiles of the enemy.

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to offer our sincere congratulations and express our heartfelt gratitude to Father Seraphim for his many years of service, unconditional love and fatherly care.

May God grant you many years, our dear Batyushka!