Friday, December 5, 2014

Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington in Russia
(OCA) - On December 4, 2014, the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada and His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, Chair of the Orthodox Church in America’s Office of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, in the historic 15th century Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition in the Moscow Kremlin.


  1. Question: I know that with concelebrating priests only one priest does the prothesis. Does the same normally apply to concelebrating bishops? Or does this vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction?

    1. Properly it is my understanding that one person does the proskomedia and others may do commemorations after that. "It is allowed to take particles from Prosphoras for the living and the departed right up to the Great Entrance" according to one guide, but I doubt they were doing this that long. :)

    2. At a hierarchical divine liturgy the bishop (or bishops) will make commemorations with the prosphora just prior to the Great Entrance. This is different from proskomedia, which is the service when the preparation of the lamb takes place, and is usually done by a priest before the bishop arrives. A Bishop can also do these commemorations before liturgy begins, but at most hierarchical services the bishop only arrives with the greeting and vesting and liturgy beings immediately.