COCC Lenten Vespers, Fifth Sunday - 03/21/10

On March 21st, the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt Sunday, the fifth and final Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers of 2010 was held at Holy Ghost (Bulgarian Patriarchate) Church in Sterling Heights, where V. Rev. Igumen Gregory (Valentine) is the Pastor. Ten priests concelebrated, and about 175 faithful were present. It was the first time that Holy Ghost Church hosted a COCC Lenten Vespers. The guest speaker/homilist this final week was V. Rev. Archpriest Andrew Yavornitsky, Pastor of St. Mark (OCA) Church in Rochester, and Dean of the OCA Michigan Deanery. Again, a special guest was present — Riasaphore Monk Father Michael (Phillips) from St. Theodore Monastic House (Greek), located between Akron and Columbus, Ohio, who spoke during the reception in the church hall after the service about the importance of monasticism in the Orthodox Church, and especially the need to expand monasticism in America today.

Matushka Vickie Kopistiansky