His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, will join the other hierarchs of the Western United States in a joint celebration on Orthodoxy Sunday weekend, March 8-9, 2014. Festivities will start on Saturday with a Youth and Young Adult Rally beginning at 4:00 pm. The guest speaker is Archimandrite Nathanael Symonides, who will speak on the topic "Gathered together in the Name of the Lord: Orthodoxy and Daily Challenges (Matthew 18:20)." Great Vespers with Icon Procession follows at 6:00 pm. The homilist will be His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph, who will preach on "The 21st Century Christian Martyrdom in Syria and the Middle East as a Whole."
Sunday morning, March 9th, Orthros will begin at 9:00 am, followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Icon Procession at 10:00 am. The homilist will be Archimandrite Nathanael Symonides. The service will be followed by a lenten luncheon.
In addition to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, the concelebrating hierarchs will be His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco; His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph, Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West; and His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America. All services and activities will be held at St. Steven Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 1621 West Gravey Ave., Alhambra, California. All Orthodox Christians are invited to attend.
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