St, Andrew Fool-for-Christ Church in Anderson, CA was visited by His Grace, April 13 and 14th. We had a very nice Vespers service which was followed by a meeting in which many aspects of parish life were discussed. I think the most important point that was raised by Bp Maxim was the need to accept people where they are in life, just as Christ did. Expectations will be disappointed unless we learn to forbear one another and hold fast to the teachings of Christ and His Church.
The next morning we had a Hierarchal Liturgy which was served by His Grace, Hieromonk Damascene from St Herman's Monastery, Fr Dn Philip Mayer and four acolytes.
The service was attended by nuns from St Xenia Skete in Wildwood and four other monks from St Herman's Monastery. His Grace stayed for our trapeza meal and again shared his extensive knowledge of the Holy Fathers. He also presented to our church a print of an icon of Jesus Christ Pantocrator painted by his iconography teacher. We are very grateful for the thoughtful gift and have a wonderful place to hang it.
His Grace left in the early afternoon but not until after many extended goodbyes.