Greek Festival

It is no secret that I don't dare miss the Greek Festival. If I did, some γιαγια would notice and I'd be in big trouble.  I missed something a few years ago and I heard about it months later.

I usually go on Thursday to make sure that I do get there.  I ask people, "Tell Fr. Michael that the other Father Michael said 'hello'."  I also usually return on Thursday with members of my parish, but this year I was just too tired.  I would had been fine if I could had taken a short nap.

The first Orthodox church which I visited in Baltimore was St. Nicholas.  It was in 1967, Good Friday in the West.  I had to come up for a physical for the military draft.  I was finished by 13:00 and since I had plenty of time, I walked from Fort Holabird to the location where Fr. John Danilak was having a Good Friday service for what is now Patronage of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church.  I was an hour early.  I rode back to Washington DC with Fr. John for service at our own church.

On the way to the location, I happened to walk right by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, so I stopped in to pray.  They were preparing the church for service.  The priest at the time was Fr. Peter Chrisafideis.  Who would had thought that 40 years later I would be serving as a subdeacon Presanctified Liturgy at this church.

I obviously knew something about the Orthodox Church at the time.  a few years later at the main Post Office in Washington DC I met a Greek Orthodox man and commented, "You broke away from us," and he corrected me and said that it was the other way around.
 

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