Orthros with a Non-Celebrating Hierarch


Orthros with a Non-Celebrating Hierarch

After the Bishop ascends the Episcopal Throne, the Clergy approach the Bishop and each make one metania, ask the Bishop’s blessing and kiss his right hand. They proceed through the south door and take their places at the Altar.

After making three metanias in their respective places, the Priest and the Deacon bow together to the Bishop and then the Deacon says in a loud voice, “Bless, Master!” After the Priest completes, “Blessed is our God…” the Deacon and the Priest turn and bow together to the Bishop. The bow to the Bishop is repeated after every exclamation by the Priest throughout the entire service. The Great censing would include the appropriate censing of the hierarch as prescribed on page 21 of the Liturgikon. The Priest takes his place on the south side of the Holy Table facing north. (NOTE: The Priest stands to the side and leaves the center of the Altar open at all times except when he is reciting an exclamation; those are said from the center of the Altar.)

At the commemoration of the Hierarchs, in the Great Ektenia, the Deacon turns, points his orarion and bows to the Bishop as he says, “For our father and Metropolitan PHILIP and for our Bishop MARK…” while the Priest bows from the Royal Doors. At the conclusion of the Ektenia, the Deacon moves to stand before the icon of Christ and the Priest moves in front of the Holy Table to intone the exclamation. After the Priest intones the exclamation, the Deacon enters the Altar through the south door.

At the Orthros Gospel reading, the Priest does not ask the Bishop’s blessing on the Gospel. The Bishop gives the Peace. If the Gospel Reading is an Eothinon Reading, it is read from the south side of the Holy Table. If the reading is for a Feast, it is read from the Royal Doors. After the Priest reads the Gospel reading he takes the Gospel and, accompanied by the Deacon with a candle, exits the Altar through the Royal Doors and goes to the Episcopal Throne. He offers the Gospel Book to the Bishop for veneration, himself kissing the Bishop’s right hand. After all the people have venerated the Gospel Book, the Priest turns, bows to the Bishop and returns to the Altar. (NOTE: If the Gospel Reading was not an Eothinon Reading, the Priest still offers the Gospel Book for veneration by the Bishop and then immediately returns to the Altar and places the Book upon the Antimins.)