Early in September I was invited to attend the consecration of the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in San Jose, California. His Holiness, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark officiated.
When I got back to the church, they insisted that I take it directly to the Pope. I walked down the center isle toward him. He paused from his speaking and all I could understand were three words from his talk “abunna” (priest), “ermeni” (Armenian), and “orthodox.” So the people were happy that the service could continue. I was honored when they asked me to participate in the service, by standing right next to His Holiness and offer him the miuron for the consecration of this sacred sanctuary.
It was a memorable day of course and something must be said for the idea that a Coptic Orthodox Church has been consecrated with Armenian miuron.