Axios! Deacon Anastasios
Yesterday we went to the ordination to the diaconate of Sean Noel-Barham by the Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The ordination took place in the chapel of Saheti School in Senderwood, east of Johannesburg.
After being ordained as a subdeacon he stands for most of the service in front of the ikon of Christ, holding a pitcher and a basin of water, and is ordained as deacon just before communion.
It was just 21 years ago, at Easter 1992, that he was baptised at the Church of St Nicholas of Japan in Brixton, Johannesburg — pictures here. So it was perhaps appropriate that he was ordained on February 3, the feast day of St Nicholas himself.