History

Our Orthodox Parish, “Descent of the Holy Spirit”, was conceived on January 24, 1997.  The decision was arrived at by a small group of roughly 30 individuals along with Reverend Vasilie Muntean. The land that was to site the future church was purchased using all the proceeds from the group’s first fund-raising event.

Every Sunday, Reverend Vasilie held the Services of the Divine Liturgy in our neighbors’ Bible Study church or in the home of the Alexander family. If the weather permitted, services were held on our own land, within an opening surrounded by wooded forest.

After two years of hard work spent on the preconstruction planning process–consisting in large part of obtaining a zoning change–our determination was stronger than ever to build our own Church. On June 13, 1999, at Pentecost, we engaged in the ceremony of burying a rock beneath the land on which our future Church would stand. This Romanian custom is performed with the wish that one shall have, upon that ground, a “sturdy house.”

In November 1999, the building permits were obtained, and the following month marked a time of great excitement and enthusiasm. For it was in January of 2000 that we began the construction process with the pouring of the foundation.

A period of stagnation soon followed, however; construction was halted as we took the time to raise the additional funds necessary for the project’s continuation.

Meanwhile, much work was done by parishioners and the priest: digging the earth, building the crosses and towers, fabrication of the metal structure, and painting of the interior walls are just some among the many labors that required our attention.

In February 2003, after years of enormous difficulties—both of the material and spiritual kind—the Church was at last rewarded with the Final Occupancy Permit.

At the property’s entrance at Highway 213, on the left side, one can see the majestic tri-dimensional Cross. Standing here, only 250 feet away, one is able to glimpse the towers and their five crosses projected upon the sky’s infinity.

One is instantly embraced by an air of tranquility and awe as they marvel at the structure and its beautiful architecture.

The Church is surrounded by magnificent trees resembling a fortress wall. Entering the parking lot, on the left, one can see the wayside cross. Its design consists of seven crosses and is a modern concept created and built by Father Vasilie. These seven crosses symbolize the divine unity of the Holy Trinity (omnipresent on Earth as it is in Heaven), the seven days of Creation, and the seven Holy Mysteries.

The Church is designed in the shape of a cross with the “Sacristia” as an octagon. The center of the Cupola holds the Pantocrator, Jesus Christ the Son of God, the world’s Savior, surrounded by the  6-winged Seraphims. The second ring, representing the Heavenly Liturgy, shows the Angels, each carrying a different rank.

The paintings in the third ring represent four of the most important moments from Jesus’s earthly life. Beginning with the Nativity, we continue with the Baptism, the Resurrection, and we finally culminate above the Altar with the Descent of the Holy Spirit. It is in this latter event that the Apostles received the Power and became evangelists of the world.


Next we have the fourth ring, its medallions representing the Saints whose names are usually taken at baptism by the Orthodox Christians. The first medallion on this ring, right above the Imperial Doors, represents the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The pictorial images on the ceiling were painted by Mr. Ioan Popescu, a famous church painter. He worked with assistance from two daughters Magdalena Christina and Cosmina Mihaela.

The Imperial and Deacon’s Doors, which are of Paduc African wood, were sculpted by the young artist Florin Barza.

The Iconostas carries four large icons: Jesus Christ our Savior, Saint Mary, Saint Ilie Tesviteanu, and Saint John the Baptist. Above these icons are seven important biblical scenes showing the earthly life of Jesus Christ. These neo-byzantine-style oil paintings belong to Mrs. Elena Livadariu and were donated by the family, in memory of their parents.

At the entrance in the Pronaos, one can see the icons of two old saints: Daniel Sihastru and Nicodim of Tismana. The paintings were done by Mr.George Neamt who, together with his wife Gina, donated them to the church as an expression of their Christian love for all.

Everything you’ll see both in- and outside of this church, is the gift, sacrifice, and work well done by all of our parishioners over a duration of 10 years. We all participated for this dream to become a reality.We did so with love for our beliefs and our nation–and we know that all our names will be written in Heaven.

Through our prayers we ask our Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, for the forgiveness of our sins, for the redemption of souls, and mercy for all—in past, present, and generations to come.

God bless us all!
Amen!

 

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