“One feels in such moments, an inner joy, but also a humility. My thoughts at that moment were expressed with tears, because I thought of the magnitude of the high priesthood, because this is not a small thing”.
With these words, Bishop Spyridon spoke about his ordination from Archbishop Elpidophoros of America to Bishop of Amastridos (about two weeks ago), in an interview with the “The National Herald”.
Bishop Spyridon of Amastridos comes from the married clergy. After the passing away of his wife, he was ordained an Archimandrite and Archbishop Elpidophoros, appreciating his great contribution to the Archdiocese of America, especially in the field of translations of the Liturgical Books, recommended to the Ecumenical Patriarchate his ordination to the Episcopacy.
Asked if it had occurred to him that he would become a Bishop, he replied “that, never, and when it was first proposed by Archbishop Elpidophoros, I laughed because I thought that he was joking.”
As for where he will serve the Church, he said that it is up to the Archbishop of America. “I see my role as an elder brother of the priests, in anything they might need.”