On June 6, 2013, the parents of Vladyka +Joseph [Paul & Elsie Royer] marked their 60th Anniversary of Crowning or Marriage.
Special celebrations were officially held on Saturday, July 13th, 2013. All Saints Orthodox Cathedral Church was filled to overflowing at 1 pm for the special Service of Thanksgiving (Moleben) and Blessing with family, relatives, Cathedral Parish members and friends in attendance. Vladyka +Joseph (eldest son of Paul & Elsie) offered the prayers of Thanksgiving and invoked God’s continued blessing upon his parents, asking that they continue to enjoy a measure of good health, joy and peace unto salvation and life eternal. In the early evening a special Dinner and reception were held a Ritchie Community Center in south Edmonton to remember the 60 years of wedded and family life Paul & Elise had been blessed with.
During the more formal speeches, a wall Cross as well as Icons of Christ and the Most Holy Theotokos were presented as gifts to the honored couple by the Parish Board Chair of the Cathedral. During his remarks Vladyka +Joseph stated that his parents were a living testimony to not only fidelity and commitment but to the fact that God richly Blesses those who are faithful unto Him, to each other, and to His Holy Orthodox Church. At the conclusion of his speech, Bishop +Joseph led the Cathedral Choir in the singing of “GOD GRANT YOU MANY YEARS” and offered a concluding prayer and invoked God’s Blessing upon his beloved parents.