Ordination of Theophan Whitfield - 01/30/09

On Friday, January 30th, on the feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs, Theophan Whitfield from Christ the Savior Church, Southbury, CT was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH at St. Vladimir's Seminary.
Lee 'Theophan' Whitfield waiting for the arrival of the Metropolitan.
Tonsuring Theophan a reader.
Theophan reading an epistle.
Vesting of the newly tonsured reader.
Elevation to the Sub-diaconate.
Dn. John Zarras, Christ the Savior Church, Southbury, CT reading the epistle.
Newly elevated ARCHDEACON Kirill Sokolov.
"Command, Most Blessed Master!"
"The Grace Divine, which always heals that which is lacking ..."
Metropolitan JONAH vests the newly ordained deacon.
Eldest daughter of Dn. Theophan, Ayame, prepares the bread and wine for after communion.
Dn. Theophan chants his first litany.
"Let us pray to the Lord."
Metropolitan JONAH with newly ordained Dn. Theophan, his wife Manna and daughters Ayame, Miya and Emi.
Fr. Vladimir Aleandro, pastor of Christ the Savior Church, Southbury, CT attended the ordination of his former parishioners.