[Wane, NJ] - 24 priests, 2 deacons, 25 singers and over 175 faithful joined His Grace, The Right Reverend ALEXIS, Bishop of Bethesda for the celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, NJ. The celebration began with a procession of the clergy from the parish center to the church.
After the official greeting by Archpriest Gary Breton, Dean of the New Jersey Deanery, His Grace expressed his profound joy at being able to share this celebration with clergy and faithful from The Orthodox Church in America, The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, The American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of North America, The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, The Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, as well as The Serbian Orthodox Church.
Under the direction of Stratos Mandalakis and Michael Geeza, the responses were sung by The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir, a pan-Orthodox choir comprised of singers from throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
After an inspirational homily by His Grace, the service concluded with the procession of holy icons, and thunderous recitations of the Synodikon and Nicene Creed by the clergy and faithful together, as well as acknowledgments of all the visiting clergy who served. His Grace extended his deepest gratitude to the parishioners of Holy Resurrection Parish for hosting the celebration and to everyone in attendance.
The faithful enjoyed a delicious Lenten supper and fellowship provided by the parishioners of our host parish. We give thanks to our Lord that after two long years, we were able to come together in celebration of our FAITH WHICH HAS ESTABLISHED THE UNIVERSE! GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!