Monday, January 30, 2006

The Bishop's Birthday

Sorry for those of you expecting a sequel to the Chekov shortstory, all I've got here is one picture (for now) from His Grace Bishop Seraphim's 60th Birthday celebrations, which you can click on for a larger view.


A closer-up shot of the Bishops present (from left to right): His Grace, Bishop Iov (Job), Administrator of the Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in Canada, His Eminence, Archbishop John, Metropolitan-Elect of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, His Grace, our beloved Bishop SERAPHIM, and His Grace, Bishop Nikon of the Albanian Diocese and the Diocese of New England (along with many priests - some familiar faces perhaps - in the background).

Some parishioners from St. Herman's sing during the Thanksgiving service.

Following the service, a festive banquet was served in the parish hall. Some of you might notice our friends the Applegates and Heiko Schlieper near the pillar.

In honour of the Bishop's half-Scottish heritage, Fr. John Hainsworth, the MC for the evening, donned traditional garb to present His Grace with the Burns' Night Haggis! Years ago, Fr. John had received the Bishop's blessing to wear the kilt as a priest.

Bishop Seraphim expresses his delight.

Eis Polla Eti Despota! Many years, to you, O Master!


Blogger Browler said...

What a bunch of characters! I'll bet they can rock it out when the want to!
(Remember that website of those crazy Coptics playing football?)

6:02 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Yeah, that was great. They (the Coptic youth) seemed to be having such a riot!

7:34 AM  
Blogger kimberley said...

Hey Willie Nelson's friend is in there I see. Ah I bet that was a pretty beautiful day!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Yes, he's there! Fr. Dennis was explaining to us last night that this was actually quite historic... because you've got Bishop Iov (Job), who supervises the Moscow Patriarchate's parishes in Canada standing right next to Archbishop John (Willie Nelson's pal), who is the Metropolitan-Elect of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. Apparently even twenty years ago, such a meeting between bishops of these Churches would have been unthinkable. And I think a lot of the reconciliation that has taken place (esp. in Canada) has a lot to do with Bishop Seraphim's whole attitude.
It was a very beautiful day.

"How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
life for evermore."
- Psalm 133

8:43 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

I think there is one other very important picture that seems to be missing at the moment....Did somebody say something about Fr. John and a sort of Scottish skirt? You know what I mean....It was hilarious. Such a great evening!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Oh! I think you're right... I may have just the one you mean.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Thanks, now it is complete!!! mooo!haa! haa! haa! :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger James said...

It looks like a wonderful time! Thank you for bringing those of us who couldn't attend into the action.

12:25 PM  

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