The Roman Catholic Church Opposite the hostel in Valette
Paris Square by the hostel
We reconnoitered the Church on saturday afternoon. The poncho was because I had no coat- I would be wearing a cassock on the way home!
St Stephen's Church had Christmas garlands on the doors
The half dome over the altar inside the Church
This was NOT going to be anything like an informal event
Inside the Church
Part of the floor in the nave
A very nervous Chris Neill very aware he would be standing on the spot soon at an ordination service
The dog was with the cleaner and seemed very friendly. A chap gets withdrawal symptoms without a pooch around.
Duncan and I outside the Church before the start of the service. Someone said be there early, we were but no-one was there to let us in.
They were a really good choir
I was led from the altar to the throne and knelt in front of the Archbishop to be made a sub-deacon after the great doxology at the start of the Liturgy
This is probably the Rubicon!
No going back now.
This very imposing figure is also a most lovely man
My getting vested for the first time
as a sub deacon
Part of the service is the Archbishop actually places the garments on you. On behalf of the Church he gives you the authority and dresses you accordingly. He is about to tie the orarion (stole) round me
Orthodox talk about being under the omophorion of a bishop. That is under his authority as in "under his wing@, but the omophorion is his episcopal stole. Here I am literally under his omophorion.
So the ordination of a sub deacon underway
One of the tasks of a subdeacon is to wash the hands of the bishop. That is what is happening here
So I am now a sun-deacon, and start the standing in front of the Icon of Christ, with a towel over my head, holding a basin of water and the jug. This went on for ages.
I was not really aware of all that was happening as the Liturgy went on round me...
The reading of the gospel
I am briefed on what happens next
The start of the great entrance
The last member of the procession, worried ny orarion is going to fall off....
I am moved the the Icon of the Mother of God after the Great Entrance (offertory procession)
The creedf is said
Now it is two late to run
Notice the restraining tactics...
I was grateful for the support at this point