This past weekend, HIs Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America visited the parish of Saint Irene of Chrysovalantou in the Detroit area.
Upon his arrival on Saturday July 26/ August 8, he gave a spiritual talk. After the talk, His Eminence presided for the Saturday night vigil service. On Sunday morning he served the Hierarchical Liturgy and gave a sermon. After the liturgy, a meal was served and the faithful had some time to interact with their hierarch.
In the evening of the same day, another vigil service was served in honor of the patron Saint of the community, Saint Irene. On Monday, His Eminence served as a priest and asked Father Steven Allen to give a sermon.
After the festive meal, His Eminence gave his last comments, encouraging the faithful to understand that we must take "leaps of faith" in order to grow in faith, in light of all of the present and upcoming challenges. He gave examples of how the holy martyrs were given strength from the Lord, to shed their blood for His sake.
On the same day, our hierarch visited the small mission parish of All Saints, in Cleveland, Ohio. On the next day, he departed for his residence in Cobleskill, NY.
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