Metropolitan Silouan Visits St. Mary's Church in Hunt Valley, MD
On Saturday May 3, 2014, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese, visited St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Hunt Valley, MD. Deacon Michael Bishop filed a report and a photo gallery to commemorate the eventful day.
When I first received an invitation to meet Metropolitan Silouan, I did not act because of the traveling requirement. Then I heard that he was coming to St. Mary's Orthodox Church, which is a manageable distance from where I live.
When I arrived at the church and went in the Altar, I was immediately introduced to His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan, whom I found to be a very warm and friendly hierarch. My first impression was that he was the bishop's deacon, especially since I saw Bishop Nicholas there and I did not know that another bishop was also coming. Subdeacon Basil also had the same impression and the three of us had a laugh over this when he told us later....I'm pointing this out because many of our bishops are models of humility. They are very approachable and real spiritual fathers. Both the metropolitan and the bishop were very friendly.
We had one priest and three deacons serving. The priest was Fr. Theodoros from St. Mary Church and the deacons were Dn. Gabriel from St. Mary Church and Dn. Peter from Holy Cross Church, and I served as the second deacon.
In his sermon Metropolitan Silouan said that if anybody wants to receive the word of Christ, it is his and no one can take it away from him. At the dinner after the Liturgy, we said that he came here because he was hungry. He is also making pastoral visits to all the dioceses in North America.
We also had a tour of both the new temple which is being built and the new chapel which is also being built. It was pointed out that the floor is slanted from the back down to the front so that those in the back can see better.
I cannot express in words what a wonderful blessing it was for me to be at St. Mary Orthodox Church on this day. I am extremely happy that I made the effort to be at the church today and I hope that I will have more opportunities to meet Metropolitan Silouan and Bishop Nicholas.