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Eastern Orthodox Christian Faiths Gather Together at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Worcester, MA to Celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 12, 2006

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, of Boston assisted by the Clergy of the twelve Orthodox parishes in Central Massachusetts.

On Sunday, March 12, 2006, The Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches (CEOC) will celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy at Saint Spyridon Cathedral, Worcester, MA, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, of Boston, will be the chief celebrant assisted by the priests of the twelve Eastern Orthodox Churches of Central MA.

Over 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, including some six million in North America, entered the season of Great and Holy Lent on Monday, March 6. Lent marks the beginning of the period of prayer and fasting that precedes the celebration of Easter, the most sacred and holy day of the Eastern Orthodox Church. All Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 23, 2006.

Sunday of Orthodoxy

The historical significance of the Sunday of Orthodoxy dates to 787 A.D. when the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council of Nicaea decreed the restoration of the icons as a means for the spiritual growth and formation of the Christian ethos and character in the likeness and image of God and His Saints. In 843 A.D. when the veneration of icons was finally restored by Empress Theodora, the icons returned to the churches. The first Sunday of Lent was designated as a day for thanksgiving and doxology and commemorated as the “Victory of Orthodoxy.” It came to be known as the "Sunday of Orthodoxy", calling the faithful to a rededication to the Orthodox Christian Faith, as received from the Apostles. Following the Divine Liturgy, the clergy lead the faithful in the Procession of Icons and the recitation of The Declaration of Faith.

This year as in the past 50-years on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches (CEOC) is bringing together the twelve parishes and their spiritual leaders, which make up this Council, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Walter Haddad, President of the CEOC states, “In today’s world of high speed internet, instant messaging and cell phone communication, taking time out for all Orthodox Christians to celebrate together our Orthodox Christian faith at Orthodox Sunday, reminds us that listening to the voice of God in our daily life is the most important thing before us.”

This auspicious event on Sunday represents the continuity and unity of all Eastern Orthodox Christians. The following are the member churches that represent the CEOC:

MEMBER CHURCHES AND CLERGY

V. Rev. Fr. Dean Paleologos
Rev. Fr. Gregory Christakos
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Worcester

V. Rev. Fr. Michael Abdelahad
Rev. Fr. Ephraim Peters
Rev. Deacon Seraphim Solof
St. George Orthodox Cathderal of Worcester

V. Rev. Fr. Spero Page, Emeritus
Rev. Fr. Dennis Nagi
St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church of Worcester

V. Rev. Fr. Nicholas Apostola
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Shrewsbury

Rev. Fr. Peter Michael Preble
St. Michael Romanian Orthodox Church of Southbridge

St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Southbridge

Rev. Fr. John Daly
St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church of Southbridge

Rev. Fr. Soterios C. Alexopoulos
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Clinton

Rev. Fr. Luke A. Veronis
Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Webster

Rev. Fr. Andreas Markopoulos
Ss. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church of Marlboro

Rev. Fr. Harry G. Providakis
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Fitchburg

Rev. Fr. Robert Dick
Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church of Maynard The Divine Liturgy starts at 9:30A.M., culminating with the Procession of Icons by Altar Boys and Sunday School children, and a luncheon at the Cotsidas Auditorium directly after the service.

For more information about Sunday of Orthodoxy service call Saint Spyridon Cathedral at 508.791.7326, www.spyridoncathedral.org, press coverage, interviews, photos contact: Christina Andrianopoulos
Communications Director 917.734.9804 508.791.7326 CAEntInc@aol.com

 

More about the Sunday of Orthodoxy can be found at

http://www.goarch.org/en/special/lent/sunday_of_orthodoxy/learn/

 

 


 


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