Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Reception of the Bishop

Well, the day finally came. Fr. Alexios, a parish council member, and I picked up Bishop Maxim at the airport rather late on Saturday evening. Orthros began at 7:00 the next morning, with the bishop arriving around 7:45 for the Katavasiae.

Above, Fr. Joseph and I are waiting to go out the greet the bishop. Below, all the clergy are gathering outside the entrance to the church, waiting for the car bringing Bishop Maxim.

As is traditional, Bishop Maxim was given candles to light as he entered the church (see above). He was then given the bishop's cloak, and processed into the church, blessed the people (see below), and ascended the bishop's throne.

For more photos taken by our friend Job, click here.

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