The photos are wonderful and very exciting for someone that has only been to one Western Rite service thus far! Thanks!
Agreed. Beautiful photos, where was this held, what church? Thank you, Father Aidan.
This was at St. Ambrose of Milan Orthodox Church in Putnam Valley, New York.
There appears to be a lot of aimless standing about (especially during the canon of the mass; one would think that as a minimum the deacon and subdeacon would know their proper positions). Are you certain that this was a Western rite ordination?
Definitely a Western rite ordination, conducted according to the Pontificale Romanum. At the Western Rites Conference, I was able to meet Fr. Dn. Steven and speak with him a bit. What a pleasure.
If this was indeed according to the Pontificale the litany of the saints should have been chanted by the good bishop kneeling at the faldstool, and not bellowed out by a Russian deacon in the middle of the church. The deacon and subdeacon should know the correct alignments and should have accompanied the bishop whilst he censed the altar. The pictures of the canon of the Mass are beyond belief for those of us who know and love our traditions. Perhaps a really good training in western liturgics is needed.I will no longer bother you with such issues, it is indeed simply a waste of time. Seeing what you are doing to my tradition, which I love, is painful. But since this tradition is only termporary in Orthodoxy, why bother?
Truly a beautiful and historic occasion. May all the Saints of the West pray for Father Deacon Steven, in saecula saeculorum.
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