His Eminence Celebrates the Vespers of Love at St. Demetrios, Chicago



CHICAGO, IL: Eastern Orthodox Christians observer Easter holiday on April 16, the annual commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday, named Pascha in Orthodox tradition, a hellenized form of the Hebrew meaning “Passover,” is marked by a series of services beginning on Saturday evening, and culminating in a proclamation of the Resurrection at midnight. This is followed by the celebration of the Eucharist or “Divine Liturgy,” equivalent of the Roman Catholic Mass. On Eastern morning, the Vespers of Love (Agape) is sung in a service where the biblical account of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples is read in numerous languages symbolizing the universality of the Gospel message.

Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago to celebrate Easter Sunday’s Vespers of Love.  Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago for the same service.

Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago has served as the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago since May of 1979. Under his leadership the Metropolis has increased its efforts to assist the homeless and those in need, as witnessed in the labors of the Metropolis Philanthropy Committee. He has founded new Youth programs, established various local Dialogue Commissions with other faith communities and continues to work with other area Religious Leaders in promoting justice and truth in our society.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently last year official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

Eastern Orthodox Christians are the second largest Christian denomination worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website: www.chicago.goarch.org