Congratulations Deacon Matthew and your dear wife, Eleni! Axios! May you continue on your path to the Holy Priesthood in the coming months. Many years! Mnohaja Lit! πολλά χρόνια! I heard the ordination was wonderful! Axios Deacon Matthew! Congrats Eleni! Mnohaya Lita!
It was quite a day: the blessing of new icons in that church (St. Nicholas, Homestead, PA - ACROD), the 60th anniversary of their ACRY Communion Breakfast, the tonsuring of a reader, and the ordination of now-Deacon Matthew. It was a beautiful service, one that I feel honored to have been able to attend and participate in.
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.