Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit Presides Over Lamentations, Anastasi, and Agape Vespers in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit presided over the Lamentations at the Annunciation Cathedral in Detroit, MI; Anastasi at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Sterling Heights, MI; and Agape Vespers at Saints Constantine and Helen in Westland, MI.

Faithful from across the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit joined His Eminence for these special services following our Lord through His Passion to the Cross, Death and Burial, arriving at our Lord's Glorious Resurrection in unity of heart and mind. 

In his Homily at the Agape Vespers, Metropolitan Nicholas spoke about the importance of community and loving our neighbors: "God made us to live in community, because he didn’t make just Adam or just Eve, but Adam and Eve, who created the reality of community. We were meant to be with other people, we were never meant to be by ourselves. Yes, some of the monks and desert fathers went to live by themselves, but that was to strengthen and test their faith, not because that is the ideal situation for them.

You and I have a message to give; what is that message? 'Christ is Risen!”' Yes, but what does that mean? How does that affect us? How does that change us? It gives us hope. That is ultimately the answer. We know because of Christ’s Resurrection that we are not doomed to lie in a tomb. We know that in spite of whatever we may have done on earth, because of His grace, His love, and His forgiveness, we will be raised to that Kingdom of Heaven. We know ultimately that God is there for us. You and I have an important message that we must share, and we can’t always share it by word. Sometimes what people say and what they do are different things. What people remember more so is what we do.

I’m going to ask all of us, having experienced the Resurrection last night, and this Vespers of Love today, that we walk out and we recognize that we are called to make changes; changes not just in how we act, but because of how we act, how other people will act. If people see us being kind, gracious, and forgiving, they may want to try it too. If people see us, willing to help our neighbor, they may help too. And the neighbor will know, I have to do something in return to someone else. The lessons that you and I give by what we do are sometimes more important than what we say. We say what is right, but we have to do what is blessed."

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Άληθῶς ἀνέστη ὁ Κύριος!

Photo Credit: Diakonissa Theophani Sarigianis

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