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 6 p.m. March 9 at St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral Ravanica, 4575 E.Outer Drive.
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 Very Rev. George Shalhoub, pastor of 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 four services this year will be held on:
– March 16, the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, at Ss. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights;
– March 23, Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield;
– 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 http://www.coccdetroit.com.
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