Cardinal, metropolitan express desire for unity on feast of St. Andrew

BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's long tradition of visiting Boston's Greek Orthodox Metropolis for their patronal feast day took on an even greater significance this year, as the cardinal was invited to attend the feast day liturgy at the Greek Orthodox of the Annunciation and address the assembled clergy of the Metropolis of Boston.

The cardinal and three deacons from the archdiocese's Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs attended part of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the morning of Nov. 30, the feast of St. Andrew, the "First-Called Apostle."

The liturgy included a procession with an image of St. Andrew, and the blessing of bread that was then distributed to those in attendance. Five loaves of bread are a symbol of St. Andrew because, in St. John's Gospel, it was St. Andrew who reported to Jesus that they had only five barley loaves and two fishes to feed the 5,000.

Vito Nicastro, associate director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, was present for the event, which he said held an "interesting contrast" between continuity and new developments in the relationship between Boston's Catholic and Orthodox communities.