San Francisco, December 5, 2022
Yesterday, on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos Into the Temple, Deacon Nectarios Yangston, the man who has been the guardian of the myrrh-streaming and wonderworking Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God since 2007, was ordained to the holy priesthood.
The Divine Liturgy for the feast was celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, His Grace Bishop James of Sonora, and a host of priests and deacons, including Dcn. Nectarios, who was ordained during the Liturgy by Abp. Kyrill to serve at the Church of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron in Hawaii.
The wonderworking Hawaiian Icon, with which Fr. Nectarios has traveled all over the world, was present during the Liturgy.
The entire service can be watched on YouTube. The ordinaton begins at 1:25:25:
Following the service, Abp. Kyrill gave Fr. Nectarios a sobering word:
I wish God’s blessing, may He grant you all that is needed for you in your sojourn as a priest. The trials that you experienced before will multiply. The responsibility that you by your free will took upon yourself shall magnify. Remember, for every person that comes to you, to seek help, consolation, blessings for things that they need to undertake, you need to take to heart and give all that you can to that particular individual. Give all that you can. for if you for one moment decide not to, for whatever human frailty you think you may have, then you will answer together with that person for their sins at the Dread Judgment seat of Christ. But if you give yourself to the utmost, as much as you can humanly give, then that person has to work to save his soul and he will answer for it his shortcomings.”