2017 Russian Festival - Saturday

What a day! It started off with a very negative note--the Baltimore Marathon. This events tires up the whole City for hours. Although I live less than two miles from the church, it took me over two hours to get there today because of the Marathon.

I don't have a problem with a running marathon, but I do have a problem with an event which blocks the main part of the City.  Most of the major streets were blocked by the Marathon and people could not get from the east to the west nor from the west to the east.  If I had a minor medical emergency, I would not had been able to get to the VA Medical Center. or even to the Emergency Room at Johns Hopkins Hospital which was just one mile away.

Once I arrived, within minutes several people told me that a friend came and was looking for me, but she had to leave.  I was really moved by this.  As I got out of the car, Oleg made sure that I knew. 

Several people were able to see the iconographers work on some of the murals on the walls.  They saw Rodney applying the gold leaf and Dominic applying a design at the bottom of one icon.  They also saw Katerina working on a new design that will probably grace the temple.

One of our visitors today was a Jew and we shared our common heritage.  I pointed out to him the origin of our bema.  They have the same thing, but they spell it differently.

I had a very interesting conversation with Vera.  Many people know that she and I are very close and most of this is due to her reaching out to me from the time that she was four years old. 

Near the end of the day I had a very interesting conversation with a Roman Catholic layman about vocations.  I told him that we do not have the concept of "permanent deacons" and "transitional deacons" since any deacon can be ordained a priest.  Most of our priests are married.

Another bright spot was when Miss Natalie asked me about the bookmarks that the kids made years ago.  Laura found some of them in her brother's room when they cleaned out the room and she wants to do it again and she was thrilled when I told her that I also would like to see us do it.
 

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