With great joy and festivity, the monastery of Saint John of San Francisco celebrated the vigil service in honor of Saint Demetrius the Great-Martyr. According to the typicon of the monastery, the ancient prefestal hymns (some of which were composed by Saint Romanos the composer of hymns), were chanted in anticipation, starting one week before the feast.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto, came to celebrate; as well as Father Elias Aldreaedi, Father George Psaromatis, and many faithful which traveled from different parishes of the Metropolis.
The vigil service was completed sometime after 3:00 AM.
May Saint Demetrius always protect and defend our Metropolitan, and the Holy Metropolis of America.
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.Read more...