Each year, Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers is hosted by a different parish in the Houston area; this year: Holy Forty Martyrs Mission in Sugar Land. Hairy, here, is Fr John Whiteford; thinnin’ and bespecaled is moi; Fr Florin Craioveanu follows.
Wait! That priest looks Early!
That’s me encouraging the gathered faithful to give generously to the needs of our local Orthodox Clergy Association. The annual collection during Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, other than parish dues, is our sole means of income toward sponsoring Pan-Orthodox events and projects in Southeast Texas.
The Chancellor of St Vladimir’s Seminary, Fr Chad Hatfield, delivered a rousing sermon on Orthodox unity in America.
A beaming Fr Gabriel Karam welcomes the 20+ clergy and hundreds of Orthodox faithful to Holy Forty Martyrs Mission. It was a blessing to see the nave and the hall packed with people from all over Southeast Texas.
Why red vestments? Because it was the eve of the Patronal Feast of the Mission dedicated to the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.
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Through the prayers of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, may God have mercy on us and save us!