HARTFORD: Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese Mathews Mar Barnabas and Assistant Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos celebrated Holy Eucharist for the first time in the State of Connecticut to inaugurate an Indian Orthodox Parish, namely the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Hartford, Connecticut. The celebration took place on September 11, 2010 and over 250 people attended the events.
Attendees included State of Connecticut Representatives Christopher Coutu and Douglas McCrory, Rev. Eva Steege of the Grace Lutheran Church, along with many other local and regional dignitaries.
After the Eucharistic celebration, a moment of silence was held in honor for the victims and for their families of the September 11, 2001 attacks. This was followed by speeches by dignitaries, musical performances and a traditional festive lunch. In addition, Governor Jodi Rell, through Representative Coutu, pronounced September 11, 2010 as St. Thomas Indian Orthodox day in the state of Connecticut.
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