Much Ado About Despota

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 …

EEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …

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.

Listen HERE.

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.

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