Houston Orthodox Christians to Celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 15, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On March 15, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "Orthodox Christians worldwide continue to celebrate the restoration of icons to their churches after a bitter and at times violent iconoclastic - literally 'image smashers' - movement that racked Eastern Christianity for about 120 years... The Sunday of Orthodoxy, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of the Orthodox Lent, is one of the few services that draws the various branches together and beyond ethnic or national churches, said the Rev. John Stephanopoulos, dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York... The primates of the seven Orthodox branches in the United States will gather for a Sunday morning liturgy at Holy Trinity, a Greek Orthodox cathedral. In Houston, members of different branches - from Russian and Greek to Serbian and Romanian - are invited to 7 p.m. vesper services at St. George (Antiochian) Orthodox Church. Auxiliary Bishop Basil of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will preside... On Sunday of Orthodoxy, priests and church members join in a processions of icons midway through the service, said the Rev. Gabriel Karambis of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral."