Nativity of the Theotokos Feast

One of my joys is being able to assist the local parishes in the celebration of their patronal feast. Getting to St. Mary Orthodox Church is not easy, but thanks to Melissa I was able to get there and Kyrana brought me home.

I took MTA to Hunt Valley.  First I took a bus to the Light Rail and then the Light Rail to the end of the line.  There Melissa fetched me and we arrived just in time for the service.

After the services, we had a really nice reception.  There were two special tables for the clergy and when I tried to go through the line, I was told to go to the clergy table.  I also took advantage of the opportunity to visit with various people, although I did not have much time to do it.

Like most Orthodox parishes, St. Mary does a fantastic job with the meals after the services.  Because my ride had to leave early, I had to get food to take home.  Otherwise it would take me over two hours to get home. 

After Kyrana dropped me off, she turned the corner and I heard sirens and saw flashing red and blue lights behind her.  After I turned off my alarm, I went to the scene and she was already gone.  The police was responding to something else.

I talked to her on Sunday and she told me that Officer Nowell was really nice.  I was happy to hear that and I made sure that others heard it also.  In my experience, most police officers are pretty nice.  One officer told me, and several concurred, that the most depressing part of the job is to make arrests and write tickets.  Most of them are police officers because they want to protect and serve.
 

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