Monday 8 April 2013

Ordination at Brookwood

ON THE EVE of the Great Feast of the Annunciation, Saturday 24th March / 6th April, His Grace Bishop Ambrose of Methoni celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Edward’s Church, Brookwood. During the divine service His Grace ordained Subdeacon Borislav Popov to the diaconate. When Borislav was presented for ordination, the Bishop gave an edifying and uplifting address on the significance of the ordination, for Borislav, for his family, and for the church community. He spoke at some length on this, and also on the responsibility he himself was taking in ordaining a new clergyman for our Church.

In the evening Father Deacon Borislav assisted at the Vigil Service at the Convent of the Annunciation, and on the next day he also assisted with the other clergymen attached to Saint Edward’s, at the dedication festival Liturgy at the Convent. Fr Borislav, who in his native Bulgaria, was a faithful member of the Traditionalist Orthodox Church under the omophorion of His Grace, Bishop Photii of Triaditsa, started attending services at Brookwood when he settled in this country. He and his wife, Diaconissa Marina, have four children: Marina, Sophia, Paul and Anna. The youngest, Anna, was baptized at Saint Edward’s. Fr Borislav’s sister, Kalina, is married to Father Deacon Nikolai Petrov, who serves in Sofia, and she came to England, with some of the other faithful from Bulgaria, to be at the ordination. To Fr Deacon Borislav, Diaconissa Marina and their family: Many Years!

Fr. Deacon Borislav, Diaconissa Marina and family

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