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Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit announces Sunday Lenten Vesper schedule

DETROIT, MI [COCC] — The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will hold the first in its annual series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Great Lent on February 25, 2018 — the Sunday of Orthodoxy — at 6:00 p.m. at Saint John Greek Orthodox Church, 11455 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights, MI.

The Very Rev. Laurence Lazar, President of the Saint John Chrysostom Clergy Brotherhood of Metropolitan Detroit, and other Orthodox clergy from the metro area will preside at the service.  The homilist will be the Very Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa of Alaska.  The Inter-Orthodox Lenten Vespers Choir, directed by Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky, will sing the responses.

As has become a local tradition, children and college students from area parishes are encouraged to bring icons and be part of the Procession of Icons that highlights the Sunday of Orthodoxy service.

The remaining four services in the series will be held on:

  • March 4, Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas, at Saints Peter and Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, 750 North Beech Daly Road, Dearborn Heights, MI;

  • March 11, Sunday of the Holy Cross, at Saint Michael the Archangel Church, 26375 West Chicago Road, Redford, MI;

  • March 18, Sunday of Saint John Climacus, at Saint Petka Serbian Orthodox Church, 1755 E. Wattles Road, Troy, MI; and

  • March 25, Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt, at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary, 18100 Merriman, Livonia, MI.

The public is invited to attend the services.  For further information, contact the President of the COCC, Olga Liskiwskyi, at 248-252-8184 or

The COCC is a 60-year-old clergy and lay association that represents various canonical Orthodox churches in metropolitan Detroit and sponsors a variety of worship, fellowship, charitable, educational and outreach programs.

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