On Saturday, May 16, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light attended the ordination and elevation of Fr. Georges El-Khalli, pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars in Boston, to the rank of periodeut, with the title of reverend monsignor, by His Excellency, Bishop Gregory J. Mansour.
In attendance and concelebrating with Bishop Gregory was His Excellency, Bishop Nicholas Samra, the Melkite Bishop of America; Chorbishop Joseph F. Lahoud, retired pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars; Chorbishop Joseph Kaddo, pastor of St. Anthony of the Desert in Fall River; Msgr. Peter F. Azar, pastor of St. Anthony Church in Lawrence; Msgr. David George and a number of other clergy.
The priestly rank of periodeut is unique to the Eastern Catholic Churches, especially the Maronite Church, which still observes all nine ranks of priesthood corresponding to the nine choirs of angels. A periodeut is higher than an ordained priest, and one step below the rank of auxiliary bishop or chorbishop, and shares in some responsibilities and duties of the bishop.
On the following day, Sunday May 17, we attended Divine Liturgy celebrated by Msgr. Georges as periodeut at Our Lady of the Cedars, Boston, in thanksgiving for his elevation and ordination. May God grant Msgr. Georges the grace and fortitude to continue to faithfully carry out his mission.