On Sunday 24th, Sunday of the Prodigal Son, His Eminence served a Hierarchical Liturgy in the University Chapel. At the beginning of the service he ordained Maximos Bryan and John Kirkwood as Readers. Both of them have been a mainstay of our kliros for several years and their ordination is a recognition of their service an commitment to the Church. Unfortunately, Reader John is leaving us almost immediately because a change in his employment situation takes him to Lincoln. However he will be joining the parish of All Saints of Lincolnshire. York’s loss will be Lincoln’s gain. Many Years, Maximos and John!
For his sermon Sayedna preached to us on the importance of Repentance and Forgiveness for our lives as Orthodox Christians, particularly in view of the approach of Great Lent. After the service he met with the children of the parish and spoke to them about their prayer life and they were clearly delighted with the opportunity to meet and talk with him, appreciating his kind manner. We held a buffet reception for His Eminence in the University Refectory, catered for by the University and we all enjoyed it enormously. Sayedna made a point of talking to the various groups of parishioners, particularly the younger adults and everyone was touched by his gentle and good-humoured demeanour and his wise words of advice. Thank you, Sayedna, for your visit. Many Years and come back to us again soon!