I went to Vespers Saturday night and I had forgotten that Bishop Michael was going to be for the weekend. So that explains all the cars in the parking lot, I thought! Apparently, when the Bishop comes to town, the faithful make an extra effort. It was nice to see such a full house, although, I guess in truly Orthodox Churches, it is always standing room only! :)
I have to admit I was surprised when I heard the censor. You see, I was told that during lent, the bells are removed from the censor but the bells were on. I figured it was either because it was the Feast of the Annunciation to the Theotokos or because Bishop Michael was there.
Would anyone know which?
I was also curious about the hat. Bishop Michael wore it except when he said certain prayers. Can anyone tell me about this?
I am ashamed to say that I had to leave before it was all over. Just as we were nearing an end to the Vespers, more and different prayers were being said and I could see that we were morphing into a different service. I had to work the next day (up at 330am for some overtime) so I quietly left.
I am also sorry to say that I haven't been to a pre-sanctified Vigil yet. God willing, this Wednesday.
Good Lent, everyone!