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Thursday, March 9, 2006
Area Orthodox to gather for rite at St. Spyridon

By Kathleen A. Shaw TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
kshaw@telegram.com


WORCESTER— Hundreds of Eastern Orthodox Christians from Central Massachusetts are expected at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral Sunday to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first major event of Great Lent.

The penitential Lenten season for Orthodox Christians began Monday, known as Clean Monday, and will end with Orthodox Easter, called Pascha, on April 23.

Bishop Methodios of Boston will celebrate the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, assisted by clergy of the 12 Orthodox parishes in Central Massachusetts. The Rev. Dean N. Paleologos, dean, and the bishop will welcome the faithful to the cathedral on Russell Street.

Walter Haddad, council president, said “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.”

Expected to attend with members of their congregations are Rev. Paleologos and Rev. Gregory Christakos of St. Spyridon;

The Rev. Michael Abdelahad, the Rev. Ephraim Peters and Deacon Seraphim Solof of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Worcester; the Rev. Spero Page, emeritus, and the Rev. Dennis Nagi of St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, Worcester; the Rev. Nicholas Apostola of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Shrewsbury; the Rev. Peter Michael Preble of St. Michael Romanian Orthodox Church and St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Southbridge;

The Rev. John Daly of St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, Southbridge; the Rev. Soterios C. Alexopoulos, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Clinton; the Rev. Luke A. Veronis, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Webster; the Rev. Andreas Markopoulos, Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Marlboro; the Rev. Harry G. Providakis, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Fitchburg; the Rev. Robert Sick, Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Maynard.

The Divine Liturgy starts at 9:30 a.m. It will be followed by the Procession of Icons by altar boys and Sunday school children, and a lunch at the cathedral’s Cotsidas Auditorium. For more information call St. Spyridon Cathedral at (508) 791-7326 or go to the Web site at www.spyridoncathedral.org.

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