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The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will observe the first Sunday of Orthodox Great Lent with a service of Great Vespers at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The service will be part of the Cathedral’s observation of its patronal feast, the Annunciation of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), which occurs March 25 on the Orthodox liturgical calendar.
The Most Rev. Nicholas, metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit, will preside at the service, assisted by the Rev. Fr. Dean Hountalas,Vicar General or the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit, and the Very Rev. Roman Star, pastor of St. Innocent of Irkutsk Orthodox Church, Redford, and president of the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit.
The Very Rev. George Shalhoub of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia will deliver a homily in English. The Very Rev. Michael Varlamos of the Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores will deliver a homily in Greek. The Very Rev. Michael Varlamos of the Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores will deliver a homily in Greek.
Responses during the service will be sung by the cathedral’s choir under the direction of George Raptis and the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit under the direction of Vickie Kopistiansky.
The general public as well as Orthodox Christians is invited to attend the service. Refreshments will be served afterward. For further information, call the cathedral at (313)965-2988.
The COCC, a 56-year-old clergy and lay association that represents various canonical Orthodox churches in metropolitan Detroit, traditionally conducts its own series of Lenten Vespers services on the five Sundays of Great Lent beginning with the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The next service in this year’s series will be held March 31 at St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Redford, followed by services April 7 at the Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores; April 14 at St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral Ravanica, Detroit; and April 21 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Detroit
“I hope many Orthodox Christians and members of the public come out to enjoy these very inspirational services,” Subdeacon Mitchell said. In addition to the Sunday Lenten Vespers series, the COCC sponsors a variety of worship, fellowship, and charitable, educational and outreach programs. For further information, visit its website at http://www.coccdetroit.com.
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Subdeacon Robert A. Mitchell
Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit
(313) 204-5103 mobile
The general public as well as Orthodox Christians is invited to attend the service. Refreshments will be served afterward. For further information, contact Annunciation Cathedral at (313) 965-2988.