Saints Peter and Paul

When I went to St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC, I expected to be serving with two other deacons. The Liturgy was in Church Slavonic.

It was just Fr. George and I.  The other two deacons were not there and neither were the altar servers.  That was a major surprise.  The altar servers there are really proficient.

The schedule said that the Liturgy would be in Slavonic.  I was not really prepared for this, but I was there and could not back out of it.  So I did everything in Slavonic with two small exceptions.

In the Great Litany and the Litany after the Gospel, there are two petitions which are more or less dependent upon the jurisdiction.  I have the OCA and ROCOR versions in the back of my Liturgy book, but the book was not marked.  So I did that petition in English.

At the Great Entrance, I do not know the commemoration in Slavonic and I also do not have a flash card for it. 

Although I personally do not think that I did a good job, the feed back was very positive and encouraging.  Fr. George and I agree that I need to do it live much more often.  The environment does make a tremendous difference.

On the way to the church, a young man sat next to me on the MARC train.  He was a very interesting man and we had a great conversation.  Near the end, he asked me to pray with him and I did. I used O Heavenly King and then told him the significance of this prayer.  I learned that he's American Indian and he has no problem with that term.  I have a major problem wit the term "African American."  I'm not African.  I'm not from Africa.  I'm at least third generation American and I have worked and worshiped with people who have escaped from other countries or are political refugees here. 
 

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I was so happy to see the American flag display.

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Garden outside the church

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We are now on Eager Street in East Baltimore.

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View from the MARC train on the way home

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