Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
On Thomas Sunday, 5th May, 2019, Metropolitan Silouan visited our Church of St Dunstan in Poole to make a pastoral visit and to ordain four men to different orders. His visit started on Saturday afternoon where he presided over Vespers from the Throne and met with the clergy of the parish along with various other parishoners.
Sunday started with Matins served by Fr Filip Lommaert and Dcn Alexander Haig. After the Great Doxology Michael Ambrose and Nikolai, the latter from our community in Athelhampton, were ordained as Readers.
Concelebrating the Divine Liturgy with Sayedna were the parish priest, Fr Chrysostom MacDonnell, Fr Alexander Haig from the Church of St Helen, Colchester and assistant priest Fr Filip Lommaert: he was assisted by Deacons Alexander and Sebastian Zicu; also present was Fr David Harris, parish priest at St Edward’s in Athelhampton. At the Little Entrance, Fr Filip was elevated to the rank of Confessor and bestowed the Epigonation. Then, after the Great Entrance Deacon Alexander was ordained Presbyter by the laying on of hands.
In his remarks at the end of the Liturgy, Sayedna told the new priest that his ordination is to serve the people and is a co-crucifixion with Christ.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, the newly-ordained Fr Alexander distributed the antidoron for the first time.
Following the service, the Church gathered for a joyful celebration meal together with her bishop.