Visit from the Metropolitan (February 22)

Bishop02Please join us on Sunday February 22nd to welcome Metropolitan Methodios of Boston.  The parish of Saint George is honored to be hosting His Eminence, who will preside over the Divine Liturgy on Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare Sunday).  After the Liturgy, we will hold a forty-day memorial service for David Maydwell.  Fellowship will follow in Hellenic Hall.

Matins (Oρθρος): 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy (Θεία Λειτουργία): 10:00 am

Epistle: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4
Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21

A note from Fr. Leo: We kindly request that people arrive by 9:50 am, so that they are present for the start of the Liturgy.  However, if you would like to arrive at 8:50, you may be able to greet his eminence and receive a blessing from him.  The proper way to address a metropolitan or archbishop is, “your Eminence,” or in Greek, Σεβασμιώτατε. When approaching a metropolitan, it is proper to cross your right hand over the left and say, “Your blessing, your Eminence,” and wait for him to bless you and then kiss his right hand.  It is good to attempt to kiss the right hand of a bishop or priest (the hand that gives God’s blessing), but if you sense when doing so that he prefers you don’t, simply let go of the attempt.  Your desire to show respect is a worthy gesture and appreciated in itself.  I have seen both things happen in churches, sometimes a Hierarch is comfortable with the gesture, sometimes not.


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