Personally, I find the idea of throwing rose petals in someone's path a lovely and romantic idea. However, what I struggle with somewhat to this day (as a result of spending most of my life in a church which emphasized the priesthood of all believers), is the pomp, the trimmings, the crowns, the red carpets, the limos etc. which I have seen attending the hierarchs. I still tend to feel it idolizes the bishops to a certain degree, and feel they should be simple, humble men of God who shun all this sort of attention. But I realize this is part of Orthodox (and perhaps, in this case, specifically Ukrainian?) tradition, and people want to honour their leaders in this way.
Please forgive me if I offend-such is not my desire. I'm simply slowly trying to come to terms with these ideas-it really takes time for me.
The Bishop is the sacramental presence of Christ, an apostle for the present times. We treat him with respect and ceremony because of what he symbolizes. By symbolize I mean that which transcends into Heavens and the Earth. It has nothing to do with idolization or stardom. The Bishop has been chosen by the Holy Spirit to lead his flock. The Bishop has been set aside and chosen to take up great responsibilities in guiding his lay people, priests, deacons, nuns and monks and inquirers/catechumens. In the Divine Liturgy the priest collectively prays "For His Eminence ________ that he may rightfully dispense the Word of Truth". The Bishop is the man responsible for ensuring that the Word of Truth, the Deposit of Faith is taught to those entrusted to his care. He is the chief priest and that is why his priests must use antimens when celebrating Divine Liturgy, nothing is done without the Bishop.
We give him honor and carry out these traditions because of his position, who he represents, Our Lord Jesus Christ. modified for grammar