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« Reply #226 on: January 24, 2014, 10:09:50 AM »
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« Reply #227 on: January 24, 2014, 11:25:36 AM »
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« Reply #228 on: March 28, 2014, 04:07:57 PM »
From this Friday:

I was appointed to read the second reading (the Proverbs - I think that's the English name) at the Presanctifed Liturgy. So, I chanted the prokimenon in a very good way and then...
The priest said "Wisdom" and I said aloud, thoughtlessly, "The reading of the Proverbs!", while he was coming out with the candle saying "The Light of Christ..." - I forgot about this very important moment. I started to wave my hands in panic instead of kneeling and making prostration, but in the end, I did it, the priest said just "let us attend" without saying again "Wisdom" so I just started the reading without the title.

At first I felt quite ashamed as I'm considered as a secular liturgical specialist :laugh: but then I though it was necessary for me, to be more humble.
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« Reply #229 on: March 28, 2014, 05:48:34 PM »
A priest during the liturgy a little distracted, forgot to say at some point "be attentive," the bishop said to him in,a low voice, "be attentive", to which he replied very hastily, "I am, I am."

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« Reply #230 on: March 28, 2014, 07:05:52 PM »
A priest during the liturgy a little distracted, forgot to say at some point "be attentive," the bishop said to him in,a low voice, "be attentive", to which he replied very hastily, "I am, I am."

Beautiful.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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« Reply #231 on: March 28, 2014, 08:26:38 PM »
At first I felt quite ashamed as I'm considered as a secular liturgical specialist :laugh: but then I though it was necessary for me, to be more humble.

That's not so bad, Dominika.  I've seen much worse.  :) 
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« Reply #232 on: March 28, 2014, 08:27:31 PM »
A priest during the liturgy a little distracted, forgot to say at some point "be attentive," the bishop said to him in,a low voice, "be attentive", to which he replied very hastily, "I am, I am."

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« Reply #233 on: March 28, 2014, 08:32:21 PM »
A priest during the liturgy a little distracted, forgot to say at some point "be attentive," the bishop said to him in,a low voice, "be attentive", to which he replied very hastily, "I am, I am."

"Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?!"

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« Reply #234 on: March 31, 2014, 09:21:47 AM »
My Priest's wife works as a doctor in town, so sometimes he is left with the care of their two very young children while holding a weeknight vespers service. Their son is 6 (?) years old, and just a bit rowdy, especially when the service can drag on for an hour or more. One evening, he was standing right in front of the iconostasis during the service. Father quietly told him that he needed to move because he was in the way. The boy disappeared behind the iconostasis, and when Father's back was turned he crawled under the altar and hid under the cloth that was draped over it. This led to a rather hilarious game of peek-a-boo; when Father would turn to face the congregation, his son would stick his head out from under the altar and make faces. When Father would turn back to the altar, he would hide again. I don't think Father ever figured it out.

I've also caught him lighting sticks on fire from some of the candles when he thought no one was looking.  :P

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« Reply #235 on: March 31, 2014, 09:25:37 AM »
"Eternal memory"
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Oh....I feel so bad for that lady.  She was traumatized.  Poor thing.
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« Reply #236 on: March 31, 2014, 09:26:08 AM »
My Priest's wife works as a doctor in town, so sometimes he is left with the care of their two very young children while holding a weeknight vespers service. Their son is 6 (?) years old, and just a bit rowdy, especially when the service can drag on for an hour or more. One evening, he was standing right in front of the iconostasis during the service. Father quietly told him that he needed to move because he was in the way. The boy disappeared behind the iconostasis, and when Father's back was turned he crawled under the altar and hid under the cloth that was draped over it. This led to a rather hilarious game of peek-a-boo; when Father would turn to face the congregation, his son would stick his head out from under the altar and make faces. When Father would turn back to the altar, he would hide again. I don't think Father ever figured it out.

I've also caught him lighting sticks on fire from some of the candles when he thought no one was looking.  :P

Legend has it that the children of Orthodox priests turn out to be either angels or the complete opposite.  :o :laugh:
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« Reply #237 on: March 31, 2014, 09:29:07 AM »
"Eternal memory"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE3tqs_pOs4

Oh....I feel so bad for that lady.  She was traumatized.  Poor thing.

Just goes to show that not all preposterous occurrences are urban (or rural) myths. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and this shocker of a clip proves it.  :o :o
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« Reply #238 on: March 31, 2014, 06:03:40 PM »
Maybe not the most amazing story, but my baptismal water unfortunately came out only from the cold water tap. Needless to say it wasn't warmed up anywhere near room temperature in time for the service, so my entire immersion experience was accompanied by me going into a cold shock response. I was loudly gasping, hyperventilating, and shivering uncontrollably the whole time the whole I was in the water and being immersed. It took me a couple minutes after getting out of the water to even fully recover.

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« Reply #239 on: April 05, 2014, 04:05:39 PM »
My friend, a tonsured Reader at my church told me this story:
(first the correct responses)
Priest: Pray
Deacon: Stand up for prayer
Priest: Peace be with you
Congregation: And with your spirit
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Priest: Pray
My Friend: Peace be with you
Congregation: and with your spirit
Our priest started the next litany without hesitation!

While guarding the Precious Blood(Standing with a cross, candle and linen cloth) as the priest administers it, 
I was a bit tired due to a long communion line and momentarily singed my hair.

I was instructing a young chanter how to serve in the altar at vespers. I gave him the bowl of incense to bring to the priest before the litany for the Holy Gospel. He was a bit nervous so I had to nudge him forward. Upon taking the candles from the priest, He loudly whispered to me Into the Microphone for ALL to hear (about everyone of my friends from church was there) "Andrew, Where is the censer"? I was embarrassed and rushed into the altar to grab it.

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« Reply #240 on: April 05, 2014, 05:30:25 PM »
I remember one time I gave a list of my living and departed relatives to a priest for commemorations.  At one Lenten service, he accidentally switched them, and as he commemorated parish families in an evening service, he intoned prayers for eternal rest and memory eternal for all my living relatives by name. 

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« Reply #241 on: April 07, 2014, 05:25:51 PM »
Yes, there is a Russian saying "Начал за здравие, кончил за упокой". It's also happened to deacons, who accidentally intoned "Memory Eternal" instead of "Many years". It's understandable in Slavonic, because сохрани and сотвори sound similar, but what language was he serving in?

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« Reply #242 on: April 07, 2014, 05:53:41 PM »
Yes, there is a Russian saying "Начал за здравие, кончил за упокой". It's also happened to deacons, who accidentally intoned "Memory Eternal" instead of "Many years". It's understandable in Slavonic, because сохрани and сотвори sound similar, but what language was he serving in?

English!  He didn't confuse the words . . . He just switched the lists of living and departed Id given him and read from the wrong list.   

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« Reply #243 on: April 07, 2014, 11:06:18 PM »
I was visiting a certain parish yesterday.  The church is beautiful, tastefully adorned, and has pretty good acoustics.  The choir was singing softly and with compunction.  The people, silently praying along, appeared to be greatly edified by the atmosphere of joyful sorrow and immersed themselves in it to the purification of their souls.  No doubt the dignified bearing and dedicated ministry of the deacons and altar servers freed them from distractions and allowed them to partake of this rich spiritual fare. 

But even though the worshipers are warned to mute or shut off their phones before entering the church, it became quickly apparent that an altar server forgot to do so.  For as the priest silently begged for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the holy gifts set forth, one of the young men received a phone call.  The soft singing of the choir, the silence of the people, and the acoustics of the building ensured that his phone, though stuffed somewhere in a pants pocket under a cassock and sticharion, could be heard clearly from just about anywhere. 

Oh, how pleasing it would've been if his ring tone was the sound of bell-ringing or a hymn to the Holy Spirit.  But--oh, the horror!--instead, this was his ring tone, complete with lyrics and in crystal-clear HD quality, which, resounding through the church as the sound of the archangel's trumpet, caused no little stir.  Confusion was quickly replaced by shock at the content of the song, followed by amusement as the altar server tried, utterly in vain, to get to his phone and shut it off.  In this noble struggle, he was seen shifting about in what can only be described as a poorly executed but gradually intensifying Macarena, desperately trying to find his phone under layers of robes.  All in all, we watched and listened to this spectacle for about a whole minute. 

And that's how our theosis for the day came to an untimely end.             
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« Reply #244 on: April 07, 2014, 11:15:34 PM »
I was visiting a certain parish yesterday.  The church is beautiful, tastefully adorned, and has pretty good acoustics.  The choir was singing softly and with compunction.  The people, silently praying along, appeared to be greatly edified by the atmosphere of joyful sorrow and immersed themselves in it to the purification of their souls.  No doubt the dignified bearing and dedicated ministry of the deacons and altar servers freed them from distractions and allowed them to partake of this rich spiritual fare.  

But even though the worshipers are warned to mute or shut off their phones before entering the church, it became quickly apparent that an altar server forgot to do so.  For as the priest silently begged for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the holy gifts set forth, one of the young men received a phone call.  The soft singing of the choir, the silence of the people, and the acoustics of the building ensured that his phone, though stuffed somewhere in a pants pocket under a cassock and sticharion, could be heard clearly from just about anywhere.  

Oh, how pleasing it would've been if his ring tone was the sound of bell-ringing or a hymn to the Holy Spirit.  But--oh, the horror!--instead, this was his ring tone, complete with lyrics and in crystal-clear HD quality, which, resounding through the church as the sound of the archangel's trumpet, caused no little stir.  Confusion was quickly replaced by shock at the content of the song, followed by amusement as the altar server tried, utterly in vain, to get to his phone and shut it off.  In this noble struggle, he was seen shifting about in what can only be described as a poorly executed but gradually intensifying Macarena, desperately trying to find his phone under layers of robes.  All in all, we watched and listened to this spectacle for about a whole minute.  

And that's how our theosis for the day came to an untimely end.            

Oy. Simply oy.

Does history record what was the fate of the unfortunate miscreant?  :o
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« Reply #245 on: April 07, 2014, 11:18:17 PM »
Pre Liturgy frisking of altar servers to eliminate phones.....comes to mind...

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« Reply #246 on: April 07, 2014, 11:20:53 PM »
I was visiting a certain parish yesterday.  The church is beautiful, tastefully adorned, and has pretty good acoustics.  The choir was singing softly and with compunction.  The people, silently praying along, appeared to be greatly edified by the atmosphere of joyful sorrow and immersed themselves in it to the purification of their souls.  No doubt the dignified bearing and dedicated ministry of the deacons and altar servers freed them from distractions and allowed them to partake of this rich spiritual fare. 

But even though the worshipers are warned to mute or shut off their phones before entering the church, it became quickly apparent that an altar server forgot to do so.  For as the priest silently begged for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the holy gifts set forth, one of the young men received a phone call.  The soft singing of the choir, the silence of the people, and the acoustics of the building ensured that his phone, though stuffed somewhere in a pants pocket under a cassock and sticharion, could be heard clearly from just about anywhere. 

Oh, how pleasing it would've been if his ring tone was the sound of bell-ringing or a hymn to the Holy Spirit.  But--oh, the horror!--instead, this was his ring tone, complete with lyrics and in crystal-clear HD quality, which, resounding through the church as the sound of the archangel's trumpet, caused no little stir.  Confusion was quickly replaced by shock at the content of the song, followed by amusement as the altar server tried, utterly in vain, to get to his phone and shut it off.  In this noble struggle, he was seen shifting about in what can only be described as a poorly executed but gradually intensifying Macarena, desperately trying to find his phone under layers of robes.  All in all, we watched and listened to this spectacle for about a whole minute. 

And that's how our theosis for the day came to an untimely end.             

That happened to me once when I was reading one of the Gospels during the one of the Bridegroom Service during Holy Week. Fortunately, my ring tone is a piece by Mozart. However, since then I leave my cell phone at home or turn it off before I begin a service.\
Once when I was giving Holy Communion the second a man opened his mouth his cell phone went off with the CanCan music by Offenbach.
Years ago, at another parish which used an organ. One Sunday several weeks before Orthodox Pascha on the Western Easter, I suddenly heard the organist playing Irving Berlin's "Put on your Easter bonnet..." It has somehow become a parish custom for the organist to play that song on the Western Easter. Needless to say that is a custom that I stopped. When I served my first Liturgy there, the organist played during the Gospel. That is something that I immediately stopped. Fortunately since then, most Antiochian parishes have ceased to use an organ.
I may be wrong, but I read that the use of an organ was introduced  Athenagoras Spyroua who became the Archbishop of the North American Greek Archdiocese in 1931. He introduced the organ in at Spyridon's Cathedral when he was Metropolitan of Corfu before he came the the U.S. When he was accused of violating the traditions of the Church, he argued that the historian Fr. Constantine Callinikos argued that they used an organ in The Cathedral of Holy Wisdom in ancient Constantinople. In 1948 Archbishop Anthenagoras became the Ecumenical Patriarch.

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« Reply #247 on: April 07, 2014, 11:25:32 PM »
This didn't quite happen during a service, but it's a tale worth telling:

The woman who sets up the flowers in church for major feasts had finished arranging the flowers, and had placed the vases in the usual places, including two very large vases for the iconostasis icons of Christ and the Mother of God. These icons are painted on canvas, and are not set behind glass.

As she started filling the vase under the Mother of God with water, she noticed a mark on the face of the Christ-child, a little to one side of His nose. The woman reached up to flick off the speck - a particle of oily soot from the lamp set before the icon - which promptly smeared across His little face. Baby Jesus with a moustache ....  :o :o :laugh:

Fortunately, she was able to clean off the soot without damaging the icon.
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« Reply #248 on: April 07, 2014, 11:25:59 PM »
Does history record what was the fate of the unfortunate miscreant?  :o

I didn't stay long enough to find out.  :)
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« Reply #249 on: April 07, 2014, 11:27:28 PM »
This didn't quite happen during a service, but it's a tale worth telling:

The woman who sets up the flowers in church for major feasts had finished arranging the flowers, and had placed the vases in the usual places, including two very large vases for the iconostasis icons of Christ and the Mother of God. These icons are painted on canvas, and are not set behind glass.

As she started filling the vase under the Mother of God with water, she noticed a mark on the face of the Christ-child, a little to one side of His nose. The woman reached up to flick off the speck - a particle of oily soot from the lamp set before the icon - which promptly smeared across His little face. Baby Jesus with a moustache ....  :o :o :laugh:

Fortunately, she was able to clean off the soot without damaging the icon.

I believe thats the Theotokos of the 'They grow up so fast'.....

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« Reply #250 on: April 07, 2014, 11:27:40 PM »
Does history record what was the fate of the unfortunate miscreant?  :o

I didn't stay long enough to find out.  :)

Smart move.  ;) ;D
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« Reply #251 on: April 07, 2014, 11:27:52 PM »
That happened to me once when I was reading one of the Gospels during the one of the Bridegroom Service during Holy Week. Fortunately, my ring tone is a piece by Mozart. However, since then I leave my cell phone at home or turn it off before I begin a service.


I read about a Catholic priest who, feeling the need to have a phone on his person and audible during Mass, made a recording of himself coughing and set that as his ring tone.  :)  
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« Reply #252 on: April 07, 2014, 11:29:19 PM »
This didn't quite happen during a service, but it's a tale worth telling:

The woman who sets up the flowers in church for major feasts had finished arranging the flowers, and had placed the vases in the usual places, including two very large vases for the iconostasis icons of Christ and the Mother of God. These icons are painted on canvas, and are not set behind glass.

As she started filling the vase under the Mother of God with water, she noticed a mark on the face of the Christ-child, a little to one side of His nose. The woman reached up to flick off the speck - a particle of oily soot from the lamp set before the icon - which promptly smeared across His little face. Baby Jesus with a moustache ....  :o :o :laugh:

Fortunately, she was able to clean off the soot without damaging the icon.

I believe thats the Theotokos of the 'They grow up so fast'.....

Of course! This is one icon missing from my icon archive. I must track one down.
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« Reply #253 on: April 07, 2014, 11:34:56 PM »

Once when I was giving Holy Communion the second a man opened his mouth his cell phone went off with the CanCan music by Offenbach.


Your self-control in not dropping the chalice is admirable!  :o :laugh:
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« Reply #254 on: April 07, 2014, 11:36:27 PM »
I was visiting a certain parish yesterday.  The church is beautiful, tastefully adorned, and has pretty good acoustics.  The choir was singing softly and with compunction.  The people, silently praying along, appeared to be greatly edified by the atmosphere of joyful sorrow and immersed themselves in it to the purification of their souls.  No doubt the dignified bearing and dedicated ministry of the deacons and altar servers freed them from distractions and allowed them to partake of this rich spiritual fare.  

But even though the worshipers are warned to mute or shut off their phones before entering the church, it became quickly apparent that an altar server forgot to do so.  For as the priest silently begged for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the holy gifts set forth, one of the young men received a phone call.  The soft singing of the choir, the silence of the people, and the acoustics of the building ensured that his phone, though stuffed somewhere in a pants pocket under a cassock and sticharion, could be heard clearly from just about anywhere.  

Oh, how pleasing it would've been if his ring tone was the sound of bell-ringing or a hymn to the Holy Spirit.  But--oh, the horror!--instead, this was his ring tone, complete with lyrics and in crystal-clear HD quality, which, resounding through the church as the sound of the archangel's trumpet, caused no little stir.  Confusion was quickly replaced by shock at the content of the song, followed by amusement as the altar server tried, utterly in vain, to get to his phone and shut it off.  In this noble struggle, he was seen shifting about in what can only be described as a poorly executed but gradually intensifying Macarena, desperately trying to find his phone under layers of robes.  All in all, we watched and listened to this spectacle for about a whole minute.  

And that's how our theosis for the day came to an untimely end.            

I'm afraid I would've had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing. The song choice could have been so much worse. I can just imagine someone's ringtone being Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in the Paint." :angel:

I remember once the most annoying ringtone went off for a good couple minutes or so. I don't know if she just couldn't find it or didn't think it was hers, but I think almost everyone glanced over in her direction at least once before she finally turned it off.
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Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Reply #255 on: April 08, 2014, 07:11:55 AM »
Could have been Tupac's "Hit me up."  We know how that song starts out.
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Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Reply #256 on: April 08, 2014, 08:41:42 AM »
I was serving with an Archbishop from North America at an orthodox conference here in England.  There was no deacon, so as usual muggins gets the job.  He reached to hand me the censor, and let go with my hand 2 inches from it.  Fortunately the resulting fire was limited to three carpet tiles.  I am firmly of the belief that carpet tiles are a blessed gift from the Lord to conference centre chapels.  What was so reassuring what that the Archbishop carried on as if nothing had happened, and never mentioned it afterwards - I love him for that alone.
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Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Reply #257 on: April 08, 2014, 02:51:44 PM »
Yes, there is a Russian saying "Начал за здравие, кончил за упокой". It's also happened to deacons, who accidentally intoned "Memory Eternal" instead of "Many years". It's understandable in Slavonic, because сохрани and сотвори sound similar, but what language was he serving in?

English!  He didn't confuse the words . . . He just switched the lists of living and departed Id given him and read from the wrong list.   
An even more banal error. But hopefully both he and the "dead" people will recover.

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« Reply #258 on: April 08, 2014, 03:48:10 PM »
During the ordination of a presbyter, this was so nervous that at the time of placing the felónion stood stiff as a tree, with arms glued to your sides. The deacon who helped put felónion ended up tying her arms with bands of felónion. Finished sorting the bishop turned to him to give him a hug and he did not correspondeu.O bishop a bit angry said to him, give me a hug, to which he replied, I can, i am  tied to the arms.

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« Reply #259 on: April 08, 2014, 04:32:43 PM »
During the ordination of a presbyter, this was so nervous that at the time of placing the felónion stood stiff as a tree, with arms glued to your sides. The deacon who helped put felónion ended up tying her arms with bands of felónion. Finished sorting the bishop turned to him to give him a hug and he did not correspondeu.O bishop a bit angry said to him, give me a hug, to which he replied, I can, i am  tied to the arms.
I'm just making this a little clearer, because the original user's English is bad. I think this was directly translated by Google Translate from Portuguese, because the quality is horrible. However, I think he means that the priest was being ordained. He was very nervous and stood stiffly. The deacon who was helping vest the new priest accidentally tied his arms with the bands of the phelonion. The bishop greeted him and hugged him, but he would not do the same. The bishop was somewhat angry and said to him "Give me a hug." He said, "I can't. My arms are tied up."

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« Reply #260 on: April 08, 2014, 06:00:02 PM »
Correct my English writing horrible, even, I speak and read, but writing is much more difficult. I ask you to forgive me the google translator. Thanks for intervention.

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Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Reply #261 on: April 08, 2014, 06:17:40 PM »
Yes, there is a Russian saying "Начал за здравие, кончил за упокой". It's also happened to deacons, who accidentally intoned "Memory Eternal" instead of "Many years". It's understandable in Slavonic, because сохрани and сотвори sound similar, but what language was he serving in?

English!  He didn't confuse the words . . . He just switched the lists of living and departed Id given him and read from the wrong list.   
An even more banal error. But hopefully both he and the "dead" people will recover.

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« Reply #262 on: April 09, 2014, 10:29:31 PM »
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« Reply #263 on: April 10, 2014, 06:25:59 PM »
I understand. There was one time that something even worse happened. I was serving in the altar in a Greek church in Boston, and I happened to puke in the altar around the time of the second antiphon. I had to leave afterwards, probably because I was sick. Since then I have not eaten prior to a Liturgy, to avoid that happening again. Hopefully your son feels better, Agabus.

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Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Reply #264 on: April 10, 2014, 07:16:36 PM »
Since then I have not eaten prior to a Liturgy, to avoid that happening again. Hopefully your son feels better, Agabus.

If you don't mind me asking, why did you eat before liturgy? Perhaps I'm not educated enough on other liturgical practices but the coptic practice is to fast 9 hours before receiving Holy Communion. Is there such a fast for ROCOR? Or other eastern orthodox churches?
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« Reply #265 on: April 10, 2014, 11:28:56 PM »
I understand. There was one time that something even worse happened. I was serving in the altar in a Greek church in Boston, and I happened to puke in the altar around the time of the second antiphon. I had to leave afterwards, probably because I was sick. Since then I have not eaten prior to a Liturgy, to avoid that happening again. Hopefully your son feels better, Agabus.
From what I understand, he was fine, waiting in line with his mother, and turned around and expelled what little food was in his stomach onto the floor in front of the Baptist couple waiting behind them. After that, he was fine.

Maybe it was a sign, but it was probably just indigestion caused by him not having the age or wisdom to know not to eat things off the ground.
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Re: Share your liturgical mishap stories here!
« Reply #266 on: April 10, 2014, 11:32:25 PM »
From what I understand, he was fine, waiting in line with his mother, and turned around and expelled what little food was in his stomach onto the floor in front of the Baptist couple waiting behind them. After that, he was fine.

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« Reply #267 on: April 11, 2014, 12:29:14 AM »
Since then I have not eaten prior to a Liturgy, to avoid that happening again. Hopefully your son feels better, Agabus.

If you don't mind me asking, why did you eat before liturgy? Perhaps I'm not educated enough on other liturgical practices but the coptic practice is to fast 9 hours before receiving Holy Communion. Is there such a fast for ROCOR? Or other eastern orthodox churches?

Normally Eastern Orthodox do not eat after midnight when they are preparing to receive Holy Communion in the morning, or after lunch if they are preparing to receive Holy Communion the evening, such as during a Presanctified Divine Liturgy.  However, one must also consider one's health and follow one's physicians directions. I cannot fast before the Liturgy because, I have a severe case of hypoglycemia. Once when I did not eat before a morning Liturgy, I actually lost my voice due to low blood sugar. I tried taking protein pills but that did not work. I get a cold sweat and feel faint if I do not eat. I also am under doctor's instructions to eat at least some meat during fasting times. I asked my spiritual father what to do and he told me to follow the instructions of my doctor. While I am at it, please pray for me. I have been cursed with a kidney stone since November. It has not passed despite two lithotripsy treatments. Pray for me that I can make it through Holy Week.

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« Reply #269 on: April 11, 2014, 08:11:13 AM »
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