COCC Lenten Vespers, Third Sunday - 03/07/10

On March 7th, the Third Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Cross Sunday, the Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers was held at St. George (Romanian OCA) Cathedral in Southfield, where V. Rev. Archpriest Laurence Lazar is the Dean and Pastor. Seventeen priests concelebrated, and about 225 faithful were present. This week, we were blessed to have three bishops present: (1) the host bishop in his own cathedral, the Head of the Romanian (OCA) Episcopate, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit, plus (2) his Auxiliary, His Grace Bishop Irineu of Dearborn Heights; and (3) the guest speaker/homilist, His Grace Bishop Mark of the Antiochian Diocese of Toledo, Ohio. Again, after the service a reception was held in their excellent banquet hall.