Σάββατο, 3 Αυγούστου 2013

HOLY UGANDAN PRIESTS LOVINGLY SERVE GOD'S PEOPLE

  St. Philip Orthodox Church, Tampa, Florida

   It was a most humbling experience to be in the presence of such holy men as the Ugandan priests that we worked with. They are truly "fathers" not only to their parishioners but to all in need in their areas. They try to provide for the people's temporal as well as spiritual needs. Though poorly paid, many of the priests take from their own pockets to help those most in need. No one in need is ever asked if they are Orthodox. Each is treated as the child of God that they are. All of this work is done with a smile and a joyful heart.
   Their celebration of the Divine Liturgy is done with awe and with care for the Holy Mystery. It was a great joy to concelebrate with them in a church that had mud walls and a thatched roof. The greatest cathedral never had a more joyful and reverential and well sung Liturgy. Fr. Joseph was accepted as an altar brother and treated with love and kindness by the priests and by the people. This experience gave new meaning to "one holy, catholic and apostolic church."
 
"Let us pray to the Lord."
 
 
Reverencing the Eucharist.
 
 
Fr. George, the pastor.
 
 
Giving Communion.
 
 
An Orthodox woman.
 
 
Wearing their best for church.
 
 
The clergy.
 
 
Fr. George in gift of vestments.
 

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