The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will conduct the third service in its 2014 series of five Sunday Lenten Vespers services. The Very Rev. Roman Star, pastor of St. Innocent of Irkutsk Orthodox Church, Redford, president of the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit, and spiritual advisor to the COCC, will preside at the service.
The homilist will be the Rev. James King, assistant priest at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary, Livonia. The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit directed by Matushka Vickie Kopistiansky will sing the responses during the service.
The general public as well as Orthodox Christians is invited to attend the service. Refreshments will be served at a reception afterward.
The COCC, a 56-year-old clergy and lay association that represents various canonical Orthodox churches in metropolitan Detroit, conducts a series of Great Vespers services each year on the five Sundays of Great Lent. The remaining two services this year will be held on:
§ March 30, Sunday of St. John Climacus, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Troy; and
§ April 6, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Detroit.
For further information, contact the president of the COCC, Richard Shebib, at (734) 422-0278 or
In addition to the Sunday Lenten Vespers, the COCC sponsors a variety of worship, fellowship, and
charitable, educational and outreach programs. For further information, visit its website at
The Very Rev. Roman Star, Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit, (313) 538-1142, (313) 319-0590 mobile, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard J. Shebib, Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit, (734) 422-0278, (248) 345-9346 mobile, email@example.com