The clergy of St. Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Church (aka "The Three Amigos"). From left to right, Deacon Meletios Marx, Fr. Matthew MacKay (proestamenos), and myself.
Since November of 2006, when our deacon was ordained, I have been privileged to serve at the altar with two of the finest men I have ever met: the Archpriest Matthew MacKay and Deacon Meletios Marx. As many of you know, I spent most of the first seven months of this year away from the altar at St. Joseph's, filling in at churches whose priest was on vacation, or in one case, who had no priest. Although this was overall a very good experience, I did miss my own parish, especially Fr. Matthew and Dn. Mel.
Now, I have been back at St. Joseph's for five straight Sundays, and, God willing, I should be there each Sunday for the rest of this year. I'm looking forward to it. There's no place like home...especially if your home is a God-blessed parish like St. Joseph's. For those of you who don't live in Houston, if you should happen to find yourself down here, please come visit us.