and Elevation of a Protodeacon at Holy Transfiguration Cathedral
In the beginning of December, a joyous event occurred at Holy Transfiguration
Cathedral (which next year will celebrate its 75th anniversary):
the Cathedral's Deacon Christopher Horsley was ordained to the priesthood
and the Cathedral's new deacon, Andre Karobkoff, was elevated to
the rank of protodeacon. The latter was recently transferred to
the Cathedral from neighboring Protection Church as a result of
Fr Christopher's ordination.
On the holiday of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most-Holy
Mother of God, the Ruling Bishop, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill
of Western America and San Francisco, arrived for all-night vigil.
His Eminence and Deacon Dimitry Jakimowicz were met at the airport
by the Cathedral Rector, Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff. After liturgy,
the sisterhood offered a trapeza luncheon at the cozy church hall.
The following morning, at 9:30 am, the clergy and parishioners of
the Cathedral solemnly greeted His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill, who
officiated at divine liturgy, concelebrating with Protopriest Alexander,
Protopresbyter Konstantin Tivetsky and Priest Peter Shashkoff. During
the minor entrance at liturgy, in accordance with the decision of
the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
Deacon Andre Karobkoff was elevated to the rank of protodeacon with
the singing of "Axios!" ("He is worthy" in Greek)
by the serving clergymen and Cathedral choir under the long-time
choir director Alexei Mikhailovich Sokolov.
During the great entrance, the candidate for the priesthood, Deacon
Christopher Horsley, was taken to the middle of the church, where
he stood with his head covered by the aer. With the intonation of
the words: "Command!" "Command!" and "Command,
Right Reverend Vladyko!" Fr Christopher was led into the altar
through the Royal Doors, where he made a prostration before the
altar table and His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill. Protopriest Alexander
Lebedeff then led him around the altar table three times, while
the clergy sang the accompanying prayers. After this, during the
extended singing of "Kyrie eleison," Vladyka Kyrill read
the prayers of ordination, laying his hands upon the head of the
kneeling clergyman. Following this was the vesting of the new priest
into the priestly garments: the epitrachelion, girdle, phelonion,
a silver priest's pectoral cross was hung around his neck, and a
service book placed in his hands, symbolizing that the newly-ordained
priest has the right to conduct services. Each time he was donned
with an item of the vestments, the bishop declared "Axios!,"
echoed three times by the clergymen in the altar, then by the choir.
Finally, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill led the newly-ordained priest
to the ambo and turned him to face the worshipers for the final
singing of "Axios!" It was a joy to see that many of the
churchgoers also joined the clergymen in singing "Axios!"
At the conclusion of the service, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill
congratulated the new pastor of God and reminded him of the duties
of a priest, invoking God's blessing upon him. Vladyka Kyrill also
congratulated Protodeacon Andre, and also the parish Rector, Protopriest
Alexander on his namesday, which he was to celebrate the next day.
Deacon Dimitry intoned "Many Years" to all of them. Vladyka
gave the holy cross to the newly-ordained priest, so that all present
were able to congratulate him.
After liturgy, the parish sisterhood, headed by Senior Sister Natalia
Vladimirovna Orloff, offered a magnificent trapeza in the lower
church hall. Afterwards, all the parishioners and guests approached
the new priest to receive his blessing.
Priest Christopher Horsley is 35 years old, an American by birth.
He converted to Orthodoxy in 1991. Besides a musical education,
he studied at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville. His eight-year
service as deacon was performed at Transfiguration Cathedral. He
is married to Matushka Natalia, nee De Guzman. They have three children,
all named after Old Testament prophets: two sons, Jonathan and Jeremy,
and a daughter, Jessica.
Protodeacon Andre Karobkoff is married to Julia, nee Overt. They
have two children: Ian and Roman.
We wish them all God's help and success in their service to the