A special service was held at a church in Nanticoke Wednesday where on Sunday a fire destroyed the priest's home just next door.
Bishop Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America joined in at a special service at St. John the Baptist Church in Nanticoke on Wednesday.
On Sunday, flames destroyed the rectory which was the home of Father Adam Sexton, his wife, and his eight children.
The bishop told parishioners the church will support Father Sexton while his family recovers from Sunday's fire.
"For Orthodox Christians, it's not an obstacle, it's the reality but it's a difficult reality to face these things, and we turn to Christ where we can find that hope and consolation," said Bishop Tikhon.
"I could tell by the flames this was a very awful basement fire and basement fires people know are lethal and had we been asleep, we would have all been dead. Thank God we were not asleep and all praying here instead," said Fr. Sexton.