Chicago, March 7, 2023
Hundreds of Orthodox faithful from the Chicago area came together on Sunday evening to celebrate Vespers for the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
The service was held at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and celebrated by Archbishop Daniel of Chicago (Orthodox Church in America), Metropolitan Nicolae of America and Canada (Romanian), Archbishop Peter of Chicago (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia), Bishop Longin of New Gračanica and Midwestern America, and Bishop Sava, retired hierarch of Slavonia (Serbian), reports the OCA Diocese of Chicago.
Photo: mitropolia.us According to the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia, the hierarchs were joined by 40 priests and deacons and more than 500 faithful. The service was sung by the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Greater Chicago.
Abp. Daniel was invited to give the homily at the service, and he spoke about the unity of the Church.
The following day, Abp. Daniel also led a retreat for the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago at the Serbian cathedral, offering a series of talks on the priesthood.
The OCA diocese reports:
The Archbishop taught how Christ’s ministry was the institution of the priesthood and how the priest is to be an icon of Christ. “In the icon of the Mystical Supper, we see St. John the Theologian leaning his head on our Savior, and that moment of his leaning his head to the heart of our Lord, it points to the spiritual origin of the priesthood. What are we called to as priests? To lean on the Lord and to rest on Him.”
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