If you ever wanna make a priest jump … about 5 minutes before Matins/Orthros begins (that’s the service that comes before Liturgy in most churches, by the way) – just before it begins, about a half dozen of you guys start goin’ something like this …
Oh,don’t really; I’m just kidding … church ain’t no place for practical jokes. But, believe me, there’d most likely be a head peering out the Angel door or through the curtain, eyes wide with bewilderment.
Nothing quite excites a priest like a Bishop’s visit … particularly one that is not planned!
One Russian bishop once told me that there’s a saying in Russian: The favorite thing a priest ever sees is …
The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
(Or, listen right here.)
As mentioned in a this week’s podcast, we’ve been blessed lately with multiple hierarchical visits at St George, Houston. Here’s a few pics and links:
Bishop BASIL praying the prayer for the elevation of Fr John Salem to the rank and dignity of Archpriest.
From left: Deacon Joseph Carter, Archpriest John Salem, me and my shadow.
Bishop BASIL delivers a powerful message on the elevation of an archpriest, the struggles of the priesthood and the cross that a priest’s family bears.
More podcasts from Houston – here.
Front row, left to right: Priest Michel Pavez, Mother Melania (Fr John’s sister), Archpriest John Salem, Archpriest Thomas Zain, Archpriest Constantine Nasr.
Back row, left to right: Deacon Joseph Carter, Priest Joseph Huneycutt, Bishop BASIL, Archpriest Joseph Shahda, Archimandrite Michael Evans.
When’s your birthday, Sayidna?
There’s over 200 pics of the Hierarchical Liturgy with Bishop BASIL – here.
And, over 200 pics of the Hierarchical Liturgy with Bishop LUKA and Patriarch IGNATIUS – here.
Pics and links thanks to Hatem Khalaf of Kingwood Photo Lab.