Father Gregory was tonsured at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV on Aug 27th. This is the next important step towards Fr. Gregory becoming a monk.
The photo is immediately following Fr. Gregory’s tonsure. Flanking Fr. Gregory is the Monastery Abbot, Fr. Seraphim, on right side of the photo , and his confessor, Fr. Macarius on the left side of the photo.
A tonsure is the cutting of the hair on the head. All Orthodox Christians are tonsured at our baptism – a sign of our being dedicated to God. This monastic tonsure is a confirmation of that pledge.
Please click on the following link to view the original announcement which includes letters from Sharon and Greg Buzi to the St. George parish, and an email from Fr. Seraphim, Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery, to the Buzi’s: https://stgeorgetrumbull.org/news_200817_1
The parish of St. George continues to pray for Father Gregory and the whole Buzi family as he progresses on his journey.
Please click onto the attached link of the Sixth Hour service (12 Noon service) on August 27th. Br. Gregory can be heard reading the Sixth Hour prayers (begins at the 5 minute mark of the video) to prepare himself for his tonsure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9uEhKzMGbI
To view Fr. Gregory's tonsure, please click onto the following link. The tonsure is after the Vigil service, at approximately the 3hr, 42min, 15 sec mark. and lasts about 18 minutes. https://youtu.be/QOAppusvDWQ