Voices from Russia

Saturday, 8 November 2014

8 November 2014. Lyonyo to be Protopresbyter…

00 The First Families Recurring Nightmare 03.12

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Here’s an announcement from Lyonyo Kishkovsky (one of the uncrowned “kings” of the Golden 400, or First Families):

Dear Friends:

Mimi and I would like to bring to your attention in a personal way two events this coming weekend. On Saturday, 8 November, at the Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Church of Our Lady of Kazan by Bishop Michael of New York, honors will be bestowed on the two priests of the parish… the jeweled cross for Fr John Bartholomew and the rank of protopresbyter for me. The greeting of the Bishop will be at 09.30 EST. The prayers for protopresbyter and jeweled cross will be read by the Bishop at the very beginning of the Liturgy. After the service, there’ll be a reception in the parish hall and church garden. On Sunday, 9 November, right after the Divine Liturgy (around 11.15 EST), we’ll celebrate a moleben for our daughter Sophia and her husband, Nicholas Sluchevsky, who were married in California on 26 October . Sonia and Kolya are with us this weekend. At the Sunday coffee hour, we’ll offer cake and champagne in honor of the newly-weds. No gifts, please. We’ll  be very happy if you can join us!

Fr Leonid

Note the smarmy “No gifts, please”… he wants everyone to know how “humble” he is. A truly humble man wouldn’t have written that… but he’s a typical First Family poseur. One wonders if Dickie Wood is going to tag along with Seraphim Gan, or whether he’s persona non grata. All the “people who matter” will be there. The rest of us peasants “can eat cake”. Ain’t that grand…

BMD

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