On Sunday, November 14th, His Grace, Bishop BASIL visited St Joseph Church, Houston.
Sayidna’s mitre is missing and, in hopes of jogging the memories of the gathered faithful, he says: “It’s like a Byzantine Crown, making me look about yay high.”
Alas. No one fesses up.
As I tried to calm things down, asking folks to please look everywhere, a communal gasp was heard from the nave; fingers were pointed toward the north side of the altar.
That being settled, as I stared at the floor and Fr James stared at the ceiling, the service began.
So as not to scandalize the faithful, it was necessary to close the doors — to settle this matter once and for all.
What?! Can you believe it?!
I just hope these guys — especially the one in the middle, and the accused — are good sports!
From the your left: Deacon Meletios Marx, me, Bishop BASIL, Fr James Early, and the newly ordained Deacon Michael Fulton (Holy Cross seminarian).
For more pics of the bishop’s visit, go here.
Images courtesy of Hatem “Steve” Khalaf – here.