As an outsider, I feel that Michael Albert had some problems with Metropolitan prior to the transfer of the feast (οr so I read what he writes).
One of the virtues is cross forgiveness. Who knows if multitude of believers called for the change of the feast day and if the bishop showed obedience to their request? There are believers who do not have the power to adapt their secular activity in accordance with the ecclesiastical calendar. The strong should support the weak, especially in countries where the official status is non-orthodox. Living in an Orthodox country, where government holidays are in line with church holidays, I understand the problem that believers have in non-Orthodox countries. The pastoral responsibility is huge for the bishop. His priorities have to serve the weak in faith first, and then the strong ones.
I think, with the transfer of the feast, the bishop ensures that weak in faith are given an opportunity to become stronger. So in the coming years the bishop will be able to perform the celebration at the correct date, having first given the opportunity to all, strong and weak, to learn that the meaning of the feast is notably the unity/brotherhood of the Church and secondary the devotion to the calendar.
The Lord said “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath."
Edited by Lakis Papas, 08 January 2014 - 10:13 AM.