Dear Eastern Orthodox Friends,
Some time ago, I noticed something which I thought was rather odd occur at a Greek Orthodox Liturgy which I saw online. I thought maybe it was an isolated occurence. But now I'm seeing it again, and it makes me wonder how "popular" this practice is, and if it is legit.
The OCA website has a page of pictures of Christmas celebrations by the Russian community at their Cathedral in DC. The main celebrant is listed as Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, with other concelebrants. He seems to be doing all of the important, "maincelebrantish" things, except the Institution Narrative (Take, eat, etc.). This seems to be done by another priest.
Please see the following pictures.
This seems to be Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick as main celebrant, with the other concelebrants beside him.http://www.oca.org/pages/events/2003/0107russianxmas/images/DSC_0008.jpg
Here, however, he seems to have moved off to the side and let another priest step in and recite the Institution Narrative. http://www.oca.org/pages/events/2003/0107russianxmas/images/DSC_0028.jpg
Is this a common practice? Is this even a legitimate practice? I would've thought that such an important point in the Liturgy as the Institution Narrative in the Anaphora might've been done by one priest alone, rather than breaking it up into parts or what have you. I'm confused.