Bishop Demetrios Offers Homily
In an inspirational homily that explained the spiritual meaning of the Feast as well as its historical context, His Grace Bishop DEMETRIOS of Mokissos called upon the assembled people to not merely profess the faith of their forbearers—but to live it.
The festive Vespers Service was celebrated by host hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER of Libertyville-Chicago (Serbian Orthodox Church), and concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), His Eminence Archbishop NICOLAE of America (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese), His Grace Bishop LONGIN of New Gracanica-Midwestern America (Serbian Orthodox Church), His Grace Bishop SAVAS of Troas (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), His Grace Bishop PETER of Cleveland – Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America (Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia), His Grace Bishop DEMETRIOS of Mokissos (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), and His Grace Bishop DANIEL of Pamphilon (Ukranian Orthodox Church). Sixty priests and eight deacons served with the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, while the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Chicago under the direction of Gordana Trbuhovich led the faithful in singing the responses.
Following the Vespers Service, the clergy and parishioners of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral welcomed the distinguished guest hierarchs and fellow Orthodox Christians for a light Lenten reception in the Main Hall.