Ordination of Timothy Barkley

The date came much sooner than I had expected, but I'm really delighted to welcome Deacon Timothy Barkley to our brotherhood.

I left home around 14:30 to make sure that I'm there on time for Vespers at 17:00.  I was not sure that the Light Rail was on schedule and I did not want to take any chances.

On the train a group of Air Force enlisted joined us.  I first spoke and thanked them for preserving our freedom and then the others on the train also joined in.  I'm sure that when they got off the train, they felt good about the support.

I took the eight minute walk from the train to the church.  We started the Vigil on time.  We had Fr. Gregory of Holy Cross, Fr. David of St. James, Fr. Noel of Pennsylvania, and Fr. Robert of Holy Archangels serving along with Deacon Peter and me.  We also had two subdeacons and other servers.

This is an Antiochian parish and some of their practices are different than the Russian practices.  But with guidance from Deacon Peter and prior experience, I was completely at home.

After the Liturgy we had a meal, as usually.  The food at Holy Cross is always excellent.  I had an opportunity to visit with several friends, some of whom I knew since 1982.  Tim Fedak, his sister Susan, and their parents, and I sang together in the choir at St. Nicholas Cathedral until I became an Altar server. 

Irene Forssen and I were a part of the Sunday School staff at St. Andrew Church and Fr. Noel is her pastor.  Irene and I often have dinner with Dr. Pat and her family on major holidays.

I knew Fr. Robert's wife since her elementary school days and she was of the cadets, along with her two sisters, when I was a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol, an organization which I move and miss.

I have been a friend of Holy Cross Church since their early days.  They moved into their current location on my birthday and after helping them to move into their new building, I also helped serve at Vespers.

We are like family in the Orthodox Church.  No matter where I go, I am completely at home.  Holy Cross is a "home away from home" for me.  I always enjoy serving there.
 

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