His Eminence Metropolitan ordains Andrew Otto to the Holy Diaconate at St. George Cathedral in Manchester, NH. (Photo: Metropolis of Boston)
MANCHESTER, NH – His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston visited and celebrated the Divine Services at St George Cathedral in Manchester, NH, where he ordained Andrew Otto to the Holy Diaconate.
In His words to Dn. Andrew, His Eminence stated, “the Gospel today that was read on the day of your ordination, brings to mind Lazarus and the rich man. Truly it was God’s way in speaking to your heart, that you should never forget the ‘Lazaruses’ in the world. There are many ‘Lazaruses’ on Hanover Street, throughout New Hampshire, and throughout the world. Never forget them, never walk by them ignoring them, as did the rich man in the parable…”
Serving with His Eminence was Fr. Theodore J. Barbas, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Boston; Fr. Andrew George, Presiding Priest of the Annunciation Parish in Cranston, RI, and Fr Demetri Costarakis Presiding Priest at St. George. Fr. Peter Chamberas was also present in the Altar.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Father Demetri Costarakis was elevated to the Office of Economos.
Prior to the dismissal, His Eminence tonsured eight Altar Boys who serve at St. George and called the parents and grandparents up to the Solea. His Eminence stated, “I asked the parents to come up because I wanted to emphasize the importance of parents in one’s home”. His Eminence also told all the young people in the congregation, “I want you to be mindful of the greatest book ever written, the Holy Bible. Please read the Bible five minutes a day, to hear the will of God in your lives. Five minutes a day where you go off in a corner of your house, turn off your television sets, radios, cell phones, iPads, Xboxes. We don’t have any silence today in the world…take five minutes out of your lives to turn the world off, because it is in silence that we hear the voice of God.”
Following the distribution of the antidoron to the faithful by Deacon Andrew, all were welcomed in the Annex for fellowship.
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