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« on: November 09, 2009, 05:59:56 PM »

Yesterday afternoon, I drove the Hegumenos (Abbot) of our local monastery to Sydney to run some errands. While we were walking through the main street in Chatswood we were stopped by five young women in red and black police uniforms with hairdryers in their holsters who asked if we would mind taking part in some street theatre. To my astonishment, the Abbot agreed!
These ladies were the "Fashion Police". Four of them encircled the Abbot with measuring tapes and put up signs saying "Fashion Crime Scene- do not cross" and loudly saying to the gathering crowd: "Fashion Crime! Nothing to see here!" which of course brought more crowds around us. The fifth "Fashion Policewoman" then proceeded to conduct an interrogation of the Abbot beginning with "Sir, did you dress yourself today?" The interrogation continued and the Abbot was given a ticket for the fashion crime of "monochrome dark colours after the October long weekend, hair tied with rubber band and strange follicular growth".
The crowds applauded and the ladies went around with their hats and received money from the audience. They thanked us, and then asked the Abbot if he was from overseas. He explained that he was the Abbot of an Orthodox monastery in the Blue Mountains. The ladies conferred among themselves briefly and then handed him the money they had collected saying "this is for being such a good sport".
The Abbot thanked them and gave them his blessing, then we continued on our way.
It was the most bizarre afternoon I'd spent in a long time!

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2009, 06:06:41 PM »

Wow!  That's a great story.

Your Abbot was a great sport.  Him not taking offense and not being judgmental of the ladies, may very well have "touched their hearts" and those watching; and introduced them to the humility of Orthodoxy.

After all, they gave him the proceeds of the show.

I love that!


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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009, 06:09:15 PM »

ozgeorge, thanks for sharing! What a hoot!  laugh

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2009, 06:09:57 PM »

Wonderful story!  It's nice that the ladies asked him to be a part of their performance as opposed to just waylaying him (and you!) in the street, as I have unfortunately seen happen.  It's even nicer that they donated the proceeds of their performance to him and the monastery.  

I really wish I could have seen this happen! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2009, 06:36:08 PM »

Amusing. Sounds like the girls didn't actually realize he was a priest/monk beforehand. Thought he was just a disheveled dude.

But for I am a man not textueel I wol noght telle of textes neuer a deel. (Chaucer, The Manciple's Tale, 1.131)
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