Being an Orthodox Christian is a wonderful experience on so many levels. One aspect of being a part of a vibrant Orthodox Christian community is that we have a real relationship with our priests. Our priest knows each of my children’s names and prays for us every day! He knows our family and our personalities and can counsel us and give advice from the perspective of knowing US. My husband says that Fr. Paul is his accountability partner! He is truly Christ’s representative for us on earth.
Our Father Paul recently came out and blessed our home. He went through the entire house with the cross and with holy water, blessing each room and claiming it as Christ’s own dwelling place. All were smiling as we were occasionally splashed with holy water.
When Father Tom came to our son’s graduation from high school, he showed up in a blaze of white priestly garments! After all, it was the Pascha season. We had just celebrated Pascha two weeks before.
Father Peter gives the best hugs in the world! Here, he is reaching out, all smiles, for a big, bear hug! Father Peter always wears a green cassock; it is his trademark.
Being an altar server is an honor and a delight. Always patient, Father Tom exudes warmth and a little humor as he blesses them during the Feast of Holy Theophany.
You can see why we love our spiritual family and especially our priestly Fathers. God blesses us through them!