This might be one of the first concelebrations:http://ssppoc.org/news_071109_1.html
I was priveleged to take part in a historical step toward the reconciliation of the various factions of the Orthodox Church.
"On Sunday, Dec. 9th, Bishop PETER of Cleveland of the Diocese of
Chicago and Mid-America (ROCA), Russian Orthodox Church Abroad will
celebrate - with the kind permission of Metropolitan HERMAN -
Hierarchial Divine Liturgy at 9:30a.m.
the Divine Liturgy Deacon Paul Sokol of our parish will be elevated to
the rank of Protodeacon, an award bestowed upon Deacon Paul by the Holy
Synod of Bishops (OCA) at their Spring 2007 Synod. Bishop PETER on
behalf of the Metropolitan, will bestow the award."
drove Fr. David to the service this morning. From my parish of St.
Elizabeth's (ROCOR), I served as an acolyte (carried the fans), Reader
Joseph McClellan helped make sure protocol was done right, and Deacon
Kevin Kalish served as one of the two deacons. Most of our regular
parishioners were there.
Pictures should appear on the Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church web page soon (I was told today, but
they don't appear to be up yet.).
David believes it is the first time a ROCOR bishop has gone to an OCA
parish to serve since the reconciliation with Moscow. It is probably
the first time a ROCOR bishop has elevated an OCA clergyman.
Bp. Peter indicated that he believes this is the beginning of improved relations.
was particularly special for both Fr. David Straut and Fr. James
Parsells as Emily (Straut) is married to Fr. John Parsells, an OCA
priest. Being the "adopted uncle" of my parish's children in general
Fr. David's in particular, I feel a certain interest in those two young people as well.
There was a nice festal meal afterwards.
Reader Daniel Lieuwen