First in its annual series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent on February 25, Sunday of Orthodoxy, at 6 p.m. at St. John Greek Orthodox Church, 11455 MetroParkway, Sterling Heights, 48312.
The Very Rev. Laurence Lazar, president of the St. John Chrysostom Clergy Brotherhood of Metropolitan Detroit, and other Orthodox clergy from the metro area will preside at the service. The homilist will be the well-known teacher and author the Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa of Alaska.
The Inter-Orthodox Lenten Vespers Choir, directed by Victoria Kopistiansky, will sing the responses.
As has become a local tradition, children and college students from area parishes are encouraged to bring an icon and be part of the Procession of Icons that highlights the Sunday of Orthodoxy service.
The remaining four services in the series will be held on:
§ March 4, Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, at Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, 750 N. Beech Daly Road, Dearborn Heights, 48127;
§ March 11, Sunday of the Holy Cross, at St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church, 26375 W. Chicago Road, Redford, 48239;
§ March 18, Sunday of St. John Climacus, at St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church, 1755 E. Wattles Road, Troy, 48085; and
§ March 25, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary, 18100 Merriman, Livonia, 48152.
Members of the public are invited to attend the services.