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(Courtesy of OCA) Archpriest Joseph Martin, retired Dean of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2018.
A 1963 graduate of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA, Father Joseph was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace, Bishop [later Archbishop] Kiprian on November 7, 1965. He and his wife, Matushka Gloria, were the parents of four daughters. He served parishes in Shenandoah, Saint Clair, Minersville, Mount Carmel and McAdoo, PA before his assignment in 1995 to Holy Resurrection Cathedral, from which he retired in 2014. The following year, he celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.
In addition to his parish duties, Father Joseph served in a variety of capacities in the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, including as Dean of the Frackville Deanery. He also served as a VA chaplain for many years and was active in numerous community activities. He had a long association with Saint Tikhon’s Seminary and its Century Association and the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA].
Visitation will begin at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA at 4:00 p.m.on Friday, November 16. The Funeral Service for a Priest will commence at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, November 17, the Divine Liturgy and Panikhida will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, South Canaan, PA. Interment will follow in the monastery cemetery.
May Father Joseph’s memory be eternal!
Troparion to St. Nicholas, Tone 4
The truth of things revealed you to your flock as a rule of faith,
an icon of meekness and a teacher of abstinence;
You thus reached the heights through humility and wealth through poverty;
O Holy Hierarch Father Nicholas, pray to Christ God for the salvation of our souls.
Cross Blessing - Cupola Construction - 1950s?
Several photos were recently acquired and it appears that new cupolas were being installed on the church in the early 1950s (possibly?). The crosses were being blessed in these photos.