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See smaller A young girl waits after receiving communion during the consecration fo St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Naples.

A young girl waits after receiving communion during the consecration fo St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Naples.

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Celebrants look toward the altar room during the consecration of St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Naples.
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Youngsters such as Gaith and Safia Fakhoury also participated in the ceremony.
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Left, Bishop Anthony Michaels, Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest; Bishop Antoun Khouri, Diocese of Miami; Metropolitan Philip Saliba, chief hierarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of North America; and Archpriest Joseph Antypas pray during the consecration of St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church Feb. 19.
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Bishop Anthony blesses the congregation during the consecration service. He is holding a Dikeron, a double candleholder that signifies two natures of Christ, and a Trikeron, a triple candleholder that signifies the Holy Trinity.
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Metropolitan Philip Saliba, left,  the Rev. Joseph Shaheen and Archeacon Hans Elhcuyek wash the altar as part of the consecration ceremony.
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During the consecration, pieces of the savano, the white robe worn by the metropolitan, are cut up, prepared and distributed to those attending.
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Metropolitan Philip Saliba offers a piece of the savano, the white robe used in consecration of the church, to Marilyn Salem.
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The metropolitan blesses the walls of the church being dedicated with sacred chrism oil.
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Leslie Yurkovac, left, and Jean and Thomas Joseph, parents of the bishop of the Diocese of Oakland and Charleston, attended as honored guests.
  • A young girl waits after receiving communion during the consecration fo St. Paul's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Naples.
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Diane Shaheen, wife of the Rev. Joseph Shaheen, pastor of St. Paul's, shares in the celebration.
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Left, Archpriest, the Rev. Joseph Shaheen, Archpriest Thomas Zein, Archdeacon Emile Sayegh, and Chancellor Archpriest Antypas during the consecration ceremony.
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Metropolitan Philip Saliba blesses the congregation with incense and a prayer.

The consecration of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church Feb. 18 was a colorful, yet solemn and moving, service.

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