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Old Christmas in South Africa

January 7th, 2007 (04:30 pm)
current location: Sunninghill Park, Gauteng



A historic picture -- three English-speaking South African deacons at the Nativity Liturgy in a Serbian Orthodox Church. Hierodeacon Seraphim (van Niekerk), Deacon Stephen (Hayes) and Deacon Irenaeus (MacDonald). Most of the service was in Serbian or Slavonic, but all the Litanies were in English. It was the first time I have served with two other deacons, and it went quite well.

But it also brings dangers. When I was ordained as a deacon it took me exactly half a day to get tired of everyone asking me when I was going to be ordained as a priest, so I said, publicly, that I would not even begin to consider such a thing until there were at least three deacons in every parish in the Archdiocese, and the Archbishop said, also in front of witnesses, "You can stay a deacon as long as you want." But suddenly things don't seem to seem so secure any more!

And though 21 December was the longest day, 7 January was certainly the hottest day.

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Joyous feast day to you. I was blessed to attend a Serbian Orthodox church's Nativity Eve service last night as well. Very lovely.

Deb

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
dennilton gates

Well, thank you -- where was it?

Did they also have oak Christmas trees?

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

"Did they also have oak Christmas trees?"

As a matter of fact, we did. It wasn't decorated and it was brought in during the service. What is the significance?

I'm in the America near the Nation's capital.
Deb

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: January 8th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Christmas trees

I'm not sure what the significance is, but you can see some of the Christmas trees in a pile in the right of the picture -- they are oak branches with straw tied round them with a red, white and blue ribbon (the Serbian flag colours).

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 8th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Christmas trees

Ahh, Ours was a single cut oak branch (more like a little tree). It wasn't green of course, but the leaves were still hanging on. I'll have to ask my friend who took me, she may know what its for.

Deb

Posted by: Methodius Hayes (methodius)
Posted at: January 9th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: Christmas trees

There was one of thse too, with flashing lights, in a pot in the church. But the smaller ones were given to everyone on Christmas Eve.

Posted by: canonjohn (canonjohn)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)

The Joy of the Feast to you! And what was the advice given to monks? "Fkee from women - and bishops!" Well, the "women" part doesn't apply, but perhaps you might want to avoid the bishops if you want to remain a deacon.
John

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