DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will observe the first Sunday of Great Lent with a service of Great Vespers March 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 707 E. Lafayette Blvd., in the city's Greektown district. The service will be part of the cathedral's observation of its patronal feast, the Annunciation of the Theotokos, 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 Very Rev. Dean Hountalas, vicar general of the Metropolis and pastor of Holy Cross Church, Farmington Hills, MI, and the Very Rev. Roman Star, pastor of St. Innocent of Irkutsk Church, Redford, MI, and president of the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit.
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)
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 (OCA), Detroit.
For further information, contact Subdeacon Robert A. Mitchell of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Church, Detroit, and president of the COCC, at (313) 204-5103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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.